Our science supports the entire energy value chain: from energy sources and through the energy vector, to energy efficiency in high emissions sectors such as transport, industry, land use and the built environment. Specific sectors where NPL works to address challenges include for renewables, nuclear, batteries, carbon capture usage and storage, and hydrogen. Through NPL’s work on hydrogen electrolysis, we have discovered how to half the cost of the most expensive component, the electrodes.
We have worked closely with Government to ensure good science underpins climate decisions and have successfully proposed the NPL-designed Traceable Radiometry Underpinning Terrestrial- and Helio- Studies (TRUTHS) satellite mission into the European Space Agency (ESA) Earthwatch programme. TRUTHS will establish an SI traceable, space-based climate and calibration observing system to improve confidence in climate measurement and climate forecasts.
To help reduce pollution and improve air quality in the UK, NPL is running a network of ambient measurement sites that provide public health information, monitor compliance with UK and EU regulations and input to air quality modelling and research aims on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.