Management strategy


The management strategy research projects were presented as a group in one single session. You can download a PDF of the combined presentations.


Decarbonization investment strategy for food retail buildings in the UK

Student: Dagoberto Cedillos
Supervisor(s): Dr Salvador Acha (Department of Chemical Engineering)
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Growing stakeholder pressures, derived from climate change, have brought an increase in attention to corporate social responsibility. Organisations responsible for significant GHG emissions have become aware of this and some have set themselves decarbonisation targets. This project involved defining a decarbonisation investment strategy for a large UK supermarket chain, with store buildings as the focus area. Interest was directed specifically to how a store's energy demands could be satisfied in a low-carbon manner. An investment optimisation model was developed to define how and where to invest in decentralised low-carbon energy technologies.

Optimising the operation of district heating networks in London through an improved control method

Student: Sebastian Botosezzy
Supervisor(s): Professor Nilay Shah (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr Romain Lambert (Department of Chemical Engineering)
Poster: #44 Download PDF

The Mayor of London expects that 25% of London’s energy consumption will be produced locally by 2025 partly by a variety of heat sources including CHP units supplying district heating networks. Optimising the operation of existing networks will improve the confidence in this technology of both investors and policy-makers. Hence in this project the social, economic and environmental benefits of implementing advanced control methods are evaluated using a heat network model including the consumer buildings, the substation and the heat source. This model is based on information and data provided by Islington Council, a partner of Imperial College within the EU smart cities Celsius project.

Advanced control strategy for Building Energy Management Systems

Student: Fatine Abdoussi
Supervisor(s): Dr Salvador Acha (Department of Chemical Engineering), Dr James Keirstead (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), Professor Nilay Shah (Department of Chemical Engineering)
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The building sector accounts for a significant part of the energy consumption worldwide. Improved control of energy systems in building, through Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), has the potential to generate energy savings and provide demand-side management services to the grid. Today, the control systems used in buildings are rather basic, whereas other sectors have successfully implemented advanced controls. This research develops a linked model of a building equipped with HVAC plant and BEMS in order to estimate the energy and cost savings that could result from the implementation of advanced control strategies.

Design of an efficient energy management strategy for a hybrid racing yacht

Student: Corentin Baschet
Supervisor(s): Professor Nigel Brandon (Sustainable Gas Institute), Phil Sharp (Phil Sharp Racing)
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The Vendée Globe is considered the toughest sailing race in the world. The participating 60 foot yachts harness wind power to complete a three-month solo race. These yachts currently use up to 300 litres of fuel to power the onboard electrical systems. Phil Sharp is looking to compete in the 2016 Vendée Globe with a zero emission sailboat. This project focuses on the design of an efficient energy management strategy for a zero emissions hybrid racing yacht.

Decision Support for the Evaluation of Sustainable Urban Masterplans

Student: Madeleine Clifford
Supervisor(s): Dr Koen van Dam (Department of Chemical Engineering), Gonzalo Bustos-Turu (Department of Chemical Engineering), Steven Watson (CHORA Architects & Associates)
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With the continued growth of the urban population and urban areas accounting for 75 percent of carbon emissions, there is increasing focus for urban planners and architects to shape more sustainable cities. Decision support tools available to urban planners to evaluate the sustainability of urban masterplans are currently centred at the building level. They often do not consider the impact of the behaviour of a future population on the energy demand of a district. Agent based modelling allows a bottom up prediction of the energy demands of future occupants. A case study of a CHORA masterplan of the Old Oak Common site in London is evaluated.

Development of a costing framework for technologies in the Energy, Water Food nexus of an agricultural system in Qatar

Student: Shao Zong Sam Wu
Supervisor(s): Dr Anna Korre (Department of Earth Science & Engineering), Dr Zheng Gang Nie (Department of Earth Science & Engineering), Tareq Al-Ansari (Department of Earth Science & Engineering)
Poster: #48 Download PDF

This study aims to develop a suitable costing framework for Energy, Water and Food (EWF) technologies for an agricultural system in Qatar. Its integration with Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) enables the evaluation of economic and environmental trade-offs of different scenarios within the EWF Nexus.