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Reference Number EP/S001417/1
Title Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Thermal Energy Provision (IN-STEP)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr FA Loveridge
No email address given
Civil Engineering
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 29 June 2018
End Date 12 December 2022
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £583,108
Industrial Sectors Construction
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme ISCF - Skills
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr FA Loveridge , Civil Engineering, University of Leeds (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , High Speed Two HS2 Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Melbourne, Australia (0.000%)
Project Contact , Geotechnik Adam ZT GmbH, Austria (0.000%)
Project Contact , French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , Géothermie Professionnelle, France (0.000%)
Project Contact , GI Energy (0.000%)
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Abstract Since the turn of the century there has been a reduction in UK energy independence. While this trend has recently started to reverse, there is still a pressing need to further increase energy independence, as well as continue reduction in total consumption, and work towards becoming a carbon free energy nation. The Climate Change Act 2008 mandates the UK government to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 80% (based on 1990 levels) by 2050. In total, domestic, commercial and industrial heat provision in the UK accounts for around one third of all greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of energy consumption. Hence tackling heating (and cooling) for all buildings is essential for addressing the energy problem.One energy efficiency solution which must play a future role in both demand reduction and decarbonisation is ground thermal energy storage. Such systems typically comprise some form of ground heat exchanger connected to a heat pump and a low temperature building heating delivery system (and/or higher temperature cooling delivery system). Traditional schemes use special purpose drilled boreholes as the ground heat exchanger, but since the 1980's building foundations developed as ground heat exchanger have also been used. Foundation ground heat exchangers are now becoming more common place, but there remains significant opportunities to use other underground structures for heat transfer and storage, thus contributing to the delivery of sustainable heating and cooling for overlying buildings. Retaining walls, tunnels and water/waste water pipes can all potentially be used as so called energy geostructures, where they exchange and store heat as well as performing their original structural function.However, despite a number of trials, most of these energy geostructures are a long way from routine adoption. Rigorous assessment of both their energy potential and how they are constructed is lacking. There are no routine design guides or standards and where schemes have been, or are being developed, they usually involve expensive and complicated analyses typically conducted in collaboration with a university partner. There are challenges in terms of energy assessment and further barriers to adoption in the requirement for adjacent consumers of the supplied energy. There is also a need for a heat/cool distribution network to reach the consumers which may not be currently in place. This proposal will tackle the challenges relating to routine implementation of energy geostructures, including design, construction and heat/cool delivery. This will encourage future adoption and help the development of the UK ground energy market.
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