Intelligent Energy and Energy Management
Reduction of Energy Demand in Buildings through Optimal Use of Wireless Behaviour Information (Wi-be) Systems
The "user-centric" Wi-be approach forms a "people/building energy technology interface" that identifies specific wasteful energy use, actions to take and the persons to take them. In this way, the Wi-be system promises real potential for instigating sustainable behaviour change and energy demand reduction. However, development of this technology gives rise to inter-related challenges spanning ICT, building energy and user behaviour, which so far are largely being researched in isolation. A multi-disciplinary team will work to bring about the needed step change in the understanding of Wi-be technology, and to ensure its effectiveness and successful uptake.
Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE):
a Complexity Science-Based Investigation into the Smart Grid Concept
Complexity science offers both a synergistic conceptual framework for the research questions raised and provides a set of tools and approaches particularly suited to their solution. This research will be based primarily on agent-based modelling, which enables simulation of the complexity arising from many non-linear, dynamic, history-dependent, multi-scale interactions with feedback effects that would defeat traditional equation-based and statistical modelling.
Carbon, Control and Comfort: User-centred control systems for comfort, carbon saving and energy management
This project aims to give them something to see with / forms of feedback on the energy costs of their actions which are immediate and in a form they themselves want. We will work with occupants, in their own homes, to understand what they would find useful. Using an action research approach and user centred design methods, we will understand their day to day comfort practices (i.e. how they drive their home) and design systems to help them drive it better, better in terms of comfort, spending less on energy and reducing their carbon footprint.
Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M): An Evidence-Based Methodology for Understanding and Shrinking the Urban Carbon Footprint
The Carbon Footprint (CF) offers a framework to represent carbon sources and sinks. The relative magnitudes and trade-offs of carbon management policies and practices can then be compared. The CF of Leicester is examined including emissions from buildings and vehicles and urban biological carbon sequestration. The impact of renewable energy, green travel schemes, hybrid or clean-fuel vehicles, and individual carbon trading schemes will be examined. Download project poster
Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events (CREW)
The effect of climate change is manifested through more frequent and more intense extreme weather events (EWEs), including heat waves, flooding and storms. The project aims to investigate measures for coping with extreme weather events in terms of their impact on UK climate and buildings, and the effectiveness of risk reduction. Download project poster
CITYNET - European PhD program on sustainable energy management
The Marie-Curie Research Training Network (RTN) CITYNET aims to develop tools to improve the energy management of large scale urban projects. The common scope of the network research activities is to establish an innovative internet based on-line tool for planning, managing and operating urban quarters with low energy consumption and high renewable energy fraction in order to reduce up to 30% of CO2 emissions.
Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB)
Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB) is a major research project involving five universities, aimed at reducing the emissions of carbon from the UK building stock. The vision of CaRB is to create an innovative public domain model of energy use and carbon emissions in buildings applicable from national down to community levels. The IESD, which leads the consortium, will create a model for predicting carbon emissions and energy from communities of buildings using models developed by both the IESD CaRB Domestic team and the IESD CaRB Non-Domestic team and utilising novel building surveying and data analysis techniques. Download project poster
Technology Assessment for Radically Improving the Built Asset Base (TARBASE)
This five-university consortium research project aims to reduce carbon emissions from common types of existing UK buildings by 50% by 2030. This is achieved through identifying and assessing baskets of LZC technologies (ground source and airsource heat pumps, CHP, renewable energy, etc). The research is technology based but carried out in the context of user perceptions, LCA, and energy policies. Download project poster