£5.25 million project seeks greener heating and cooling
Researchers and technologists unite to find energy efficient technologies that will be accessible and appealing
Report from – Jo Smit
The University of Warwick is leading a £5.25 million project to develop energy efficient heating and cooling technologies. The i-STUTE (Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy) will bring together engineering advances and economic, behavioural and policy expertise. From this researchers will work to reduce energy consumption across a range of heating and cooling technologies, including domestic heating, retail and commercial energy use, thermal energy storage, industrial heat pumps and thermal transformers.
The centre, which is funded by the UK Research Councils’ energy programme, brings together technologists from the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering and researchers at Warwick Business School, plus London South Bank University, the University of Ulster and Loughborough University.
Professor Bob Critoph, director of i-STUTE, said: “The technologies we use to heat and cool the buildings we live and work in will have to change if we are to meet our environmental targets.
“This is not simply a major engineering challenge. A great deal of work also needs to be done to make sure this technology is not only accessible and appealing but will be readily adopted by households and businesses.”