Electrical and electronic engineering concerns the science and technology related to generating, distributing and consuming electrical energy for the benefit of mankind. Our future responsibility is to achieve this in a safe, sustainable, environmentally benign and cost-effective way.
The subject of electrical and electronic engineering is defined by the challenges that now lie ahead. The world desperately requires new and sustainable forms of electrical energy generation and in the UK, as we are an island facing an ocean, our potential sources of new energy come from the wind and the sea.
These new sources of energy present further challenges in terms of their remote, often hostile, location and their dependence on weather phenomena. To improve efficiency and control, electrical power engineers must now integrate electronics, communications and sensors into these power distribution systems. The other grand challenge is to reduce power consumption in electrical systems through further integration, clean technology and power scavenging techniques.