Extreme Low Energy

Funded 12 month Industry-led Funded Masters by Research: Ref. No. CGE49

Creating a disruptive business model to take a new and innovative technology to market

Extreme Low Energy (ELe) is a specialist manufacturer of low-energy DC power infrastructures, offering a range of products which allow customers to operate partially or fully “off-grid”.
ELe is currently developing an innovative server cooling solution that will transform the way datacentres are implemented and reduce server operating costs and carbon output by over 70%!

The aim of this project is to investigate and develop a disruptive business model which will take this new product to market. Applicants should hold a first-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree in Business, Marketing or associated subject. Familiarity with a simulation modelling technique, such as system dynamics or agent-based modelling would be beneficial. The successful applicant will be supported by expertise in the Lancaster University’s world-ranked Management School, Energy Lancaster and other departments where applicable.

This project will involve a variety of market analytics; identifying case studies of similar technologies and their entry to market strategies, identifying drivers of global and regional datacentre markets, modelling of market dynamics and influences, market simulations and competitor analysis. The successful applicant will create a robust business plan for ELe to take forward whilst gaining a Masters by Research qualification.

Industry Partner

Extreme Low Energy Ltd

This research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Extreme Low Energy. ELe is a multi-award winning business, named as “Britain’s most innovative small business 2016” and “New Environmental Enterprise of the Year 2016.”

The company aims to transform information and communications technology (ICT) around the world. It offers a range of innovative direct current solutions which allow customers to operate partially or fully off-grid, manage their power consumption and gain substantial savings in energy costs and carbon emissions. This is especially applicable in areas of the world where power supply is sporadic and difficult to maintain.

Application details


This project has now been recruited.

Preference may be given to candidates who can start at the earliest opportunity in Summer 2017.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:

  • Receive £14,000 tax free per year
  • Have part of your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £2,000. (NB Full fees for a Masters by research are set at circa £4,200 for UK/EU applicants and circa £17,000 for International applicants, 2016 figures.)
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.


How to apply

This project has now been recruited.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.