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Reference Number 2003-12-296-7
Title Howe Dell School IHT Demo
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Solar heating and cooling (including daylighting)) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 50%;
Final stage Development and Demonstration 50%;
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Mr R Watson
No email address given
Hertfordshire County Council
Award Type 3
Funding Source Carbon Trust
Start Date 01 March 2004
End Date 30 May 2006
Duration 26 months
Total Grant Value £244,325
Industrial Sectors
Region East of England
Investigators Principal Investigator Mr R Watson , Hertfordshire County Council (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Flowsolve Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , Fulcrum Consulting (0.001%)
Project Contact , Icax Ltd (0.001%)
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Objectives To demonstrate that buildings can be heated and cooled without burning any carbon fuel by capturing surplus (noncarbon) freely available heat in the summer and retrieving the heat on demand in winter. Cooling is by storing energy in the ground for use on demand. Specifically, the objectives are: to prove that hard play/traffic surfaces can be used as efficient large-scale solar collectors; to show that interseasonal heat transfer (IHT) can be achieved by surface treatment of the ground and shallow ground thermal storage without construction of expensive contained heat stores; to provide an exemplar for active solar heating and interseasonal cooling of buildings capable of widespread replication.
Abstract The project includes the design, installation and monitoring of a heating and cooling system for a new Exemplar Sustainable Primary School using IHT. IHT is a process by which heat energy is collected and balanced between periods of supply and demand. Heat energy from the sun is collected during the summer and stored for use in the winter. Energy for cooling is collected during the winter and stored for summertime use. This significant new technology is able to meet major energy demands without further depleting carbon fuels or causing environmental damage. Computer modelling is being undertaken in parallel with system monitoring. This will be refined and checked against sensors in the installation and the system will be refined using results of the modelling. This combination of modelling and monitoring ensures that the demonstration is thoroughly checked and verified and can therefore be a reliable and impressive platform for bringing IHT to wider attention and ensuring successful replicatio

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