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Reference Number EP/V042149/1
Title SaFEGround - Sustainable, Flexible and Efficient Ground-source heating and cooling systems
Status Started
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Geothermal Energy) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 20%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 40%;
Principal Investigator Dr DMG Taborda
No email address given
Civil and Environmental Eng
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2021
End Date 31 August 2024
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £1,520,505
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr DMG Taborda , Civil and Environmental Eng, Imperial College London (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Dr N Mac Dowell , Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr A Al-Tabbaa , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr AJ Wright , Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), De Montfort University (0.001%)
Dr CN Markides , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor A A Michaelides , Business School, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor L Black , Civil Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Atkins (0.000%)
Project Contact , E.ON UK (formerly PowerGen) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Leicester City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cementation Foundations Skanska Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hubbard Products Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Geotechnical Consulting Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Phase Change Material Products Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , ENERCRET Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe BV (0.000%)
Project Contact , isoenergy (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Through the 2008 Climate Change act, the UK committed to reduce by 80% its carbon emissions. While great progress has been made so far, data suggests that reductions in emissions have been achieved through switching electricity production to greener, more environmentally friendly sources, such as offshore wind. Clearly, it is inevitable that, to achieve further reductions in carbon emissions, we need to look for improvements elsewhere, such as heating and cooling of buildings, which accounts for 25% of all UK final energy consumption and 15% of carbon emissions.Project SaFEGround aims to provide a template for reducing emissions associated to heating and cooling through the deployment of heat pumps. These are efficient devices capable of extracting heat from a storage medium, e.g. air for air-source heat pumps or the ground for ground-source heat pumps, and this is done with high efficiency, since for each unit of electricity consumed by the system, it is usual to get 3-4 units of heat. Clearly, these are more environmentally-friendly than boilers as they require only electricity, which, as mentioned above, is increasingly being generated from renewable and low-carbon sources.Therefore, SaFEGround will investigate how ground-source heat pumps can be coupled with civil engineering structures to deliver low-carbon heating and cooling in a sustainable, safe and efficient manner. To achieve this, SaFEGround will combine research on material science, heat pump technology, energy geotechnics, building energy systems modelling, whole-system modelling and finance, to demonstrate that ground source energy systems can play an important role in the UK's future low-carbon energy mix in a cost-effective manner.
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Added to Database 07/10/21