The R-D-SBES-R project was successfully completed in October 2015. The main aims of the R & D exchange programme were to develop sustainable long-term partnership between European and Chinese organisations by joint researches into the development of zero (low) carbon cooling, heating and power generation technologies for buildings, and to promote best practice and strategy for retrofitting existing buildings and researchers mobility between Europe and China. The main objectives, in terms of the Marie Curie 2010 IRESS programme, were:
The programme was established on existing research projects run by the participant organisations. Its technical objectives were:
It is hoped that the completed research will lead to the generation of several commercially viable, cost effective technologies able to save energy in buildings, the amount depending upon the individual technologies applied. A multi/inter- disciplinary team consisting of specialists in the areas of thermo-fluid, heat transfer, mechanical/electrical/material engineering, building services, refrigeration, architecture, energy, construction, computing, and industry practice was structured to work together on the specifically designed Work Packages, through a dedicated staff exchange scheme. This scheme communicated the knowledge/expertise of the various zero (low) carbon cooling and heat/power technologies between the EU and Chinese partners, and formulated technology transfer between academia and industrial bodies, thus enhancing the financial profits of the participant organisations. Dissemination and deployment of the results of the proposed programme have contributed to achieving energy saving targets for buildings and cutting carbon emissions in both the EU and China.
The R-D-SBES-R consortium includes twelve partners, six being universities from European Member States and six being universities from the People’s Republic of China - an ICPC country which has signed a S&T Agreement with the EU. Eight industrial organisations from the EU, USA and China are also involved in the project. Strong participation by enterprises (all SMEs) enhanced industry-academia cooperation in terms of research training, career development, knowledge sharing and technology transfer. It will also result in research progression of a number of young researchers and PhD students through the joint supervision between the partners. Moreover, the programme has helped to identify further research initiatives that will formulate future cooperation between the EU and China partners. This four-year project was launched on 27 September, 2011 and had its final meeting in Nottingham on 27 August, 2015.