Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering

ERPE was founded in 2004 following an investment from the Office of Science and Innovation and the Scottish Funding Council and was reinforced in 2013 by an institutional Strategic Alliance between Heriot Watt University and University of Edinburgh which strengthens research capacity and commercialisation at an institutional level.

Engineering is the key to solving many problems and inter-disciplinary engagement is essential to assist in problem definition and the translation of engineering research into practical outcomes. ERPE is highly active in research of this nature with our research organised into the four themes below:

  • Infrastructure and Environment;
  • Energy and Resource Management;
  • Manufacturing and Materials; and
  • Sensors, Signals and Systems.

International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs

ICCR is a research consortium set up to tackle the complex challenge of improved hydrocarbon recovery from carbonate reservoirs.

Broad areas of research include:

  • Integrated carbonate workflows for geoscience, petrophysics and engineering
  • Effective properties at the reservoir simulator scale
  • Rock physics and reservoir geophysics workflows
  • Common sample framework for shared earth modelling
  • Ongoing development of a research agenda for carbonate reservoirs

Porous Media - Processes and Mathematics

PMPM is a UK wide research network focused on all aspects of porous media flow at the interface between engineering, applied mathematics, applied probability and scientific computing.

Its objectives are:

  • Provide UK researchers, from both academia and industry, with a platform for novel scientific interactions.
  • Create a flexible and active UK research community that can respond to large-scale societal and environmental challenges (e.g., Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Fukushima nuclear disaster, induced seismicity during geothermal exploration and shale gas drilling) and specific international calls.

The network is supported by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage

Founded in 2005, SCCS is the largest carbon capture and storage research group in the UK. It is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University working together with universities across Scotland.

SCCS provide a single point of coordination for all aspects of CCS research, ranging from capture engineering and geoscience to public engagement, policy and economics.

SCCS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP).