Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.
Edinburgh staff have pioneered the design of novel digitally-controlled hydraulic transmission systems  culminating for the design and production of high efficiency hydraulic gearboxes, now owned by spin-out company Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd. This innovation comprises the Digital Displacement (DD®) patented technology  with current application in wind turbine systems, and vehicle drives.
Professor Gareth Harrison has led development of a sophisticated suite of spatio-temporal meteorological, oceanographic and hydrological modelling tools for enhanced long-term resource characterisation and grid integration studies. This includes high resolution weather models, whose output underpins the Scottish Government’s Electricity Dispatch Model.
The objectives of the institute are to carry out world-class research on the design, synthesis, processing, properties and applications of materials, to develop relevant research tools, and to provide high quality training in research for both postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.