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WREN’s aim is to work in partnership with academic institutions and research organisations, such as the National Solar Centre, in areas that complement WREN’s key activities. These include the commercial, financial, technical, political and social aspects of renewable energy set within a local, regional, national and global context.

WREN is committed to ensuring that all it does is underpinned by robust academic research. Current areas of interest and research include:

  • Tidal energy
  • Smart grids
  • Pumped storage
  • Stakeholder management
  • Community engagement
  • Behaviour modification
  • Localism
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Community energy models

Related research papers can be found here.

WREN continues to welcome approaches from academic institutions and students who may be interested in working with us.

Our principal academic relationships are with:

  • the University of Exeter
  • Plymouth University
  • Cornwall College.

Our contacts at the University of Exeter include

  • Professor Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy;
  • Dr Bridget Woodman, Director MSc Energy Policy;
  • Richard Cochrane, Director of Education for Renewable Energy and
  • Dr Lei Xie, Lecturer in Politics.
  • Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, Professor of Human Geography

We have also worked with Plymouth University students undertaking research for the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management and MSc Applied Marine Science programmes.

Students from Cornwall College have collaborated with us as part of their Renewable Energy Technology and Carbon Management studies, headed up by Dr Michael Hunt.

For further information please contact David Atfield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), WREN’s Director of Academic and Student Liaison.

Links to academic partners can be found here.

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Wadebridge Energy Company partners with South West Water

For the first time in nearly ninety years, Wadebridge will have its own electricity generating company. Wadebridge Energy Company will install solar panels on roofs and is working with South West Water on an installation to power one of its treatment works.



£10,000 grants for local causes

£10,000 from the Middle Treworder solar farm has been presented to eight community groups in the Wadebridge area.


Vote for locally owned energy

The Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) has applied for two grants from Energyfund Cornwall to make a significant step forward for locally-owned community energy. However, to have a chance of winning them it needs to demonstrate support through on-line voting by its supporters for both projects. 




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