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LSBU in project to reduce heating and cooling emissions

London South Bank University (LSBU) has successfully secured funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to investigate how to reduce UK energy consumption from cooling systems by 2050.
17 July 2013

The £1.2 million funding is part of a £5.25 million project, led by the University of Warwick, to investigate heating, cooling and heat storage. The goal of the project is to minimize future greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

With more than 40 per cent of fossil fuels used for low temperature heating and 16 per cent of electricity used for cooling, these are key areas to address if the UK is to meet its targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

The Interdisciplinary centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy (i-STUTE), which will house the project, will also bring together technologists from the University of Ulster and Loughborough University.

The collaborating institutions working will work in the i-STUTE to develop technologies to reduce energy consumption and deliver cost-effective heating and cooling.

LSBU's team will consist of Lecturers and Researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment, including Dr Deborah Andrews, Dr Issa Chaer, Dr Gareth Davies, Dr Alex Paurine, Professor Judith Evans, and Professor Graeme Maidment.

Professor Graeme Maidment said: "Cooling is an important technology for many things we take for granted, it is critical to food manufacture, development of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, as well as keeping datacentres and the internet servers cool.

As a large user or electricity and greenhouse gas producer, it is essential that we develop better cooling technologies for the low carbon economy. This project will provide new technologies and knowledge to enable industry to adapt and meet future challenges."

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