LSBU collaboration wins funding in Government’s low-carbon energy competition
30 June 2015
South Bank University (LSBU) and sustainable energy firm ICAX have won £10,700
in funding to develop a novel heat sharing network in the first stage of
Innovate UK's low-carbon economy competition.
London, a highly significant energy use is the heating and cooling of
buildings. 90% of these buildings exist and will still be here in 2050. Dealing
with the energy use of the 'existing stock' is a global challenge faced by many
cities, which this proposal could help significantly address," said Professor Andy Ford, Director of CEREB
and Professor of Building Systems Engineering.
Ford and Research Fellow Aaron Gillich are currently working on the project
who are experts in the management of heat storage and leaders in the rapidly
growing cold water heat networks. The team will use the funding for further
research and to create demonstration project.
heat distribution system based upon cold water heat distribution can deliver
dramatic reductions in the energy demand of existing buildings, while simultaneously
providing opportunities to deliver highly efficient cooling as London warms
over the coming years from the heady mixture of climate change and 'heat
island' effects," explained Professor Ford.
winning proposal draws on LSBU's expert industrial reputation in building
services (LSBU educates 60% of building services engineers in the UK) and
refrigeration research through the Centre for Air Conditioning and
Part of the
School of The Built Environment and Architecture, CEREB is a unique research and technology demonstration centre
that brings together research and industrial partners to work towards the UK's
challenging carbon reduction target of 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.
CEREB is supported by Research, Enterprise and Innovation at LSBU.
second stage of Innovate UK's competition will take place in September, which
would provide funding to build the heat network on LSBU's campus.