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Reference Number UKERC12
Title Clean Energy Community Based on Polygeneration in a Watershed Region
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Solar heating and cooling (including daylighting)) 25%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Development Studies) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 75%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor PRN (Peter ) Childs
No email address given
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Research Grant
Funding Source RAEng
Start Date 01 January 2006
End Date 31 December 2014
Duration 108 months
Total Grant Value £30,000
Total Project Value £300,000
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region London
Programme Research Exchanges with China and India.
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PRN (Peter ) Childs , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor J (Jing ) Ren , Tsinghua University (THU). Beijing (0.001%)
Project Contact , Beijing University, China (0.001%)
Project Contact , Beijing Water Authority, China (0.001%)
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Objectives Royal Academy of Engineering schemes for engineers in research and Development.
Abstract Research projects, Visiting professor, Conference Organisation, Training and Committee membership. Partner in China: Beihang University and Tsinghua University. 2.5 FTE involved.

Polygeneration, the generation of energy and resources by a number of interrelated systems, offers a series of benefits for local communities. Energy systems are typically mis-matched to energy demand. China, for example, has seen massive growth in its population and economy with rural urban migration receiving significant attention. The combination of population growth and the draw of the city mean that rural communities in the outlying regions near city conurbations are actually at record levels. Supplies of water through watersheds require careful stewarding and management. This project involving Imperial College London and Tsinghua University in collaboration with the Beijing Water Authority has explored the techno-economics, system design and options for implementation of an integrated polygeneration system for watershed communities in rural areas supporting urban conurbations. Polygeneration technologies explored include hybrid solar thermal and voltaic systems, water purification, thermal accumulators and chilling systems. Options for four villages were explored as a result of the collaborative exchanges and design solutions for these developed. The four villages in the Badaling region of Beijing, considered were: Babaotang village; Caijiadian village; Dongcaoying village; Dongsangyuan village.

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