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Reference Number EP/X021831/1
Title A Novel Environment/Solar-Interactive and Building-Integrate-able Power Generation System Enabling Harness of Solar and Environmental Energy
Status Started
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources (Solar Energy) 5%;
Energy Efficiency (Residential and commercial) 60%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies (Energy storage) 30%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Environmental, social and economic impacts) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 5%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 35%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 20%;
Principal Investigator Professor X Zhao
No email address given
University of Hull
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2023
End Date 31 August 2025
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £204,031
Industrial Sectors
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme UKRI MSCA
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor X Zhao , Engineering, University of Hull (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Hisense Germany GMBH (0.000%)
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Abstract The electrical demand of buildings accounts for around 50% of the EU's energy consumption. To fulfil the EU's climate change commitments and meet its energy saving goals, the power sector must sharply cut its use of fossil fuels. Existing building integratable power generation (BIPGs) units cannot harness solar and environment energy simultaneously. The proposed MSCA project will investigate a novel Environment/Solar-Interactive and Building-Integrate-able Power Generation (ESI-BIPG) unit that can harness both the solar and environmental energy simultaneously, and thus, provide a relatively stable and larger power output compared to the existing BIPGs. Novelties of the research lie in: (1) The first-of-its-kind season-dependent, heat-flow-adjustable heat pipe panel array (HP) enabling the heat flow from the PV to be altered seasonally, leading to the positive heat addition to the temperature-difference-driven heat flow and enhanced power output of the ESI-BIPG all year round; (2) A unique shape-stabilized phase change material (SSPCM) enabling the increased heat storage capacity, and stabilised phase transition temperature compared to traditional SSPCMs; (3) A novel coupled-energy-efficiency oriented collaborative and integrated method able to create an integrated solution for the coupled mathematical equations to achieve the maximum energy efficiency of the ESI-BIPG; and (4) A novel 'life-cycle-power-cost' oriented socio-economic assessment method able to provide a multi-factor-impacting solution for the ESI-BIPG. The project tasks include research framework development, theoretical study and computer modelling, experimental testing and model validation/refinement, and socio-economic performance study. The project will attract an experienced researcher with particular knowledge in SSPCM, BIPV and heat and mass transfer into Europe, which will achieve transfer of knowledge from outside into Europe, and thus help growing EU's knowledge-based economy and society
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Added to Database 04/10/23