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Reference Number EP/R001294/1
Title LUSTER - London Urban Sub-Terrain Energy Recovery
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Other) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor GG (Graeme ) Maidment
No email address given
Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment
London South Bank University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2017
End Date 30 November 2019
Duration 27 months
Total Grant Value £181,780
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor GG (Graeme ) Maidment , Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment, London South Bank University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr H Altamirano , Bartlett Sch of Env, Energy & Resources, University College London (0.001%)
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Abstract London Urban Sub-Terrain Energy Recovery - LUSTER - proposes a collaborative research project to identify and quantify the potential for inclusive heat energy recovery from urban subterranean structures (e.g. sewers, railway tunnels), using London as a case study.The UK is committed to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 80% by 2050. Our vision, through LUSTER, is to scope the feasibility of technically and economically viable systems for recovering heat from subterranean sources, so as to enable this 2050 target to be met in a resource efficient manner. Subterranean infrastructure systems, such as sewers, electricity and data cable tunnels, water mains, railway tunnels etc., are potent and untapped energy sources. They are normally in close proximity to areas of high heat demand and could potentially provide a year-round heat supply. The majority of these structures can be found in big cities, such as in London, but are also prevalent in most urban areas in the UK and elsewhere.The project will be carried out by two teams with complementary expertise in energy research, heat transfer and systems simulation. The lead team will be based at London South Bank University (LSBU), with University College London (UCL) as the principal research partner. A key outcome of the investigation will be a map which will identify urban subterranean structures and applications with the greatest energy recovery potential. A successful feasibility study will yield many opportunities for urban subterranean energy recovery, not only across the capital, but also in other cities and urban areas with underground infrastructure systems.
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