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Reference Number EP/S016627/1
Title The Active Building Centre
Status Started
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Residential and commercial) 70%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Energy storage) 25%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 10%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 40%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 15%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 15%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 15%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 15%;
Principal Investigator Dr DA Worsley
No email address given
Engineering
Swansea University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 03 September 2018
End Date 07 May 2020
Duration 20 months
Total Grant Value £35,947,427
Industrial Sectors
Region Wales
Programme ISCF Active Building Centre
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr DA Worsley , Engineering, Swansea University (99.964%)
  Other Investigator Professor PC Eames , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor J Walls , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr D Giaouris , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr C Patsios , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Mrs J Bell , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Mr P Jones , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor G Stratton , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr A Khan , Engineering, Swansea University (0.001%)
Dr MC Gillott , Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr IAG Wilson , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Dr Y Ding , Inst of Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor N ( Nilay ) Shah , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr D Densley Tingley , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor M Mayfield , Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr J Wu , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor N (Nick ) Jenkins , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor K Lomas , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr D Allinson , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr S Allen , Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor DA (David ) Coley , Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor RJ (Richard ) Green , Business School, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor D Coca , Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr EC Kerrigan , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor M Jones , Physics, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor (Nicholas ) Pidgeon , Psychology, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr I Walker , Psychology, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr SL Walker , Fac of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University (0.001%)
Dr LT Rodrigues , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr R Boukhanouf , Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor T (Tadj ) Oreszczyn , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
Professor K Henwood , Sch of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr C Morisset , Sch of Computin, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor A van Moorsel , Sch of Computin, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor V Burholt , College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University (0.001%)
Professor JA Clark , Computer Science, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pilkington Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Akzo Nobel (0.000%)
Project Contact , Welsh Assembly Government (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jane Wernick Associates (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , PA Consulting Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , BIPVCo (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Bere Architects (0.000%)
Project Contact , HTA Design LLP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Powell Dobson (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The ABC will be one of two hubs funded through the Transforming Construction Industrial Challenge. ABC aims to: 'revolutionise the way the UK designs, constructs and operates buildings by realising the potential for the integration of advanced offsite manufacturing with state of the art digital design. This will include the incorporation and integration of energy generation, storage, and release technologies to create Active Buildings which substantially reduce both the operational costs of buildings and their demand on the UK energy infrastructure'.Our Vision is to enable energy resilient communities that are powered by the sun, share energy with transport and other buildings, whilst realising value for the UK by overcoming barriers and developing new business models with global potential.The Mission - ABC is a national centre of excellence and will catalyse a revolution in smart buildings and energy sharing. ABC will bring together energy, construction, government and research to create a dynamic ecosystem that identifies barriers and creates solutions for scale up and deployment of buildings and communities that are Active. ABC will prove scale, enable an industry and create the conditions for market adoption. Critical to this will be clustered demonstration facilities on a variety of building typologies and pipeline of several thousand buildings which are being considered by a diverse array of assembled supporting companies and organisations.We have already demonstrated that we can use buildings that are manufactured using the principles of car making to rapidly construct facilities that have facades that generate heat and electricity from the sun and include elements and new materials that store this energy (both electricity and heat) until we need it. Critically this enables buildings to be powered (electrically) and heated without any gas connection. In addition, our initial demonstrations have shown that the buildings can generate allot more energy than they use. Our 'Active Classroom' has generated over 1.6 times the energy used in its first full year and putting that in perspective the spare power would have driven one of our EVs for over 26,500 miles. Our aim then is to transform the way we think of buildings as consumers of power and requiring more infrastructure the more we build to a solution both to the requirements of occupancy and energy decarbonisation. One million homes would in essence require one large nuclear powerplant, however adoption of the new Active concept essentially delivers the homes and the powerplant at the same time. This is vitally important as we transition to electric cars which will be a major element of where excess power from buildings can be fed and with advanced new communication systems the fact that a car is stationary and by a building for almost 95% of its life we have potential for a huge mobile storage reserve. Construction also creates positive economic conditions. To framethe opportunity in relation to Active Homes, in a recent report by the UK Housebuilders Federation, the economic case for increasing home building is compelling. Each additional 10,000 units would support 43,000 jobs, increase economic output by 1.36bn, lead to 120m in tax recovery, 43.2m in local infrastructure and an increase in local economic spending by 320m. 10,000 Active homes would also add renewable energy capacity of ca 50MW including storage via EVs, thermal stores and internal batteries. Clearly this is only part of the story since there will also be tremendous value from non-residential buildings that will be showcased for education, factory and commercial properties as part of the delivery programme for ABC and these in many cases can form energy hubs for existing communities of more traditional buildings
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