The buildings and storage session included the below presentations.

You can download a PDF of the combined buildings and storage presentations.

This session was also recorded and can be found embedded below or on our youtube channel.


A Design Environment to Enable Smart Buildings

Student: Akash Goenka
Supervisor(s): Dr Bianca Howard (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), Dr Salvador Acha (Department of Chemical Engineering), Prof John Polak (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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The UK’s commitment to mitigating climate change presents both an opportunity and a challenge to reduce energy consumption and the associated carbon emissions from buildings. It would be useful to promote energy efficiency in HVAC systems which account for roughly 50% of energy consumption in commercial buildings. Optimising HVAC control systems is a methodical means to bridge the performance gap in the energy used in these buildings. In this milieu, this research focuses on designing an overarching supervisory control along with its individual local controls for retail services and office buildings to achieve indoor thermal comfort with minimal energy use.

A whole energy solution for the sustainable independent provision of solar-combined cooling, heating and power (S-CCHP) to domestic households

Student: Joseph Juan
Supervisor(s): Dr Christos Markides (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr. Robert Edwards (Department of Chemical Engineering)
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S-CCHP (Solar- Combined Cooling, Heating and Power) is a technology that combines solar energy and polygeneration thus producing clean and highly efficienct forms energy. Technical and economic assessments are conducted in order to apply this technology for distributed generation in domestic households. The technical assessment requires modelling the overall system to identify the optimum operational parameter for meeting the energy demand in the domestic household. Using the discounted payback period and NPV (net present value) with and without incentives such as FIT (feed in tariff), the economic assessment evaluates the viability of commercializing the technology.

An Olympian challenge: how do we address retrofitting non-domestic buildings?

Student: Lara Tarasewicz
Supervisor(s): Dr Christoph Mazur (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr Koen Van Dam (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr Luke Bannar-Martin, Dr Eva Sevigné Itoiz (Centre for Environmental Policy)
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The built environment is a key area to reduce carbon emissions. This can be addressed onsite by improving energy efficiency and demand, and at grid level by adjusting the UK fuel mix. Much of the building stock in existence today will still be in use in 2050, making retrofitting measures important. Nevertheless, implementation of these measures has been slow. The main focus of this research is to understand the barriers involved and define a toolkit to aid uptake in non-domestic buildings. As part of this work, the case study of the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park is used.

Design of a policy assessment tool to evaluate the potential of policies proposed as successors of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

Student: Natalia Wisniewska
Supervisor(s): Dr Christoph Mazur (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr Nilay Shah (Department of Chemical Engineering), James Luger (Ofgem) and Jeff Hardy (Ofgem)
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The residential sector accounts for over 30% of total UK’s energy consumption resulting in substantial GHG emissions. This creates an urgent need for effective policy incentives to encourage households to transition towards increased energy efficiency. This project introduces the socio-technical systems theory to develop a set of cost-effective analytical measures to assess future policy options for the uptake of energy efficiency in private households in the UK and to quantify these measures' potential via economic appraisal, technical viability and sociotechnical approach.

Assessing the technical and economical potential of urban energy storage technologies and their environmental impact

Student: Mauricio Riveros Rodriguez
Supervisor(s): Dr Miao Guo (Department of Chemical Engineering),  Dr Koen Van Dam (Department of Chemical Engineering), Professor Nigel Brandon (Department of Earth Science & Engineering), Mr Gonzalo Bustos (Department of Chemical Engineering)
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The global concern in reducing GHG emissions is transforming the traditional issue of having sufficient resources to supply energy towards having adequately flexibile resources to balance net demand. A particularly attractive option is energy storage. This research aims to understand whether there is an environmental value of using an electrical storage facility in cities providing a service of carbon arbitrage. The purpose of that service would be to store energy when the grid carbon content is low, to supply the demand when the grid emissions are higher, thus leading to savings in the total emissions of supplying the electric demand.

The assessing energy storage implentation opportunities for industrial sites in theUK

Student: Matteo Silvestri
Supervisor(s): Professor Nigel Brandon (Department of Earth Science & Engineering), Mr Adrien Lebrun
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The UK is pursuing a low carbon power system, with remarkable growth of renewable energy underway. Alongside other balancing technologies, energy storage is one of the key players to provide flexibility in the UK power sector. According to recent projections, the market for battery storage in the UK is just about to bloom with half of the capacity to be installed behind-the-meter, where batteries can potentially provide the highest value. This research project aims to evaluate the business case for batteries in industrial applications by developing a fit for purpose model to be applied to specific case studies in order to quantify the value streams and derive a short term strategy to increase profitability and deployment.