In 2016 five cross-centre projects were funded with an additional grant from the RCUK Energy Programme. These projects are intended to build on links between the six End Use Energy Demand Centres to explore new areas not already being investigated in unique ways made possible by the different Centre contributions.
The five projects are below with brief descriptions of their objectives.
Analysing Supermarket Data (CSEF, i-STUTE and CEE centres)
Developing a methodology on how building specific and aggregated data can be used in-tandem to inform sub-sector energy use benchmarks and the impact of new technologies and power realities on future energy use reduction using food retail buildings as a sub-sector case-study.
Conceptualising Infrastructures (DEMAND and CIED centres)
DEMAND and CIED are both concerned with innovations in infrastructures and practice, and with the implications of these dynamics for energy and mobility demand. Current research on city scale innovation, on pathways to district and home heating, on novel institutional/ infrastructural conjunctions (e.g. around electric vehicles), and on peaks and patterns of demand is generating a series of important cross-cutting questions to do with space, time and scale.
Exergy Economics (CIE-MAP and CIED centres
CIED and CIE-Map centre experts will combine to raise awareness and build capacity of this emerging field of research (which focusses on energy that can do work as opposed to all energy expended) with a view to laying foundations for future work in the field.
Heat pump and thermal energy storage (CSEF, CIE-MAP and i-STUTE centres)
This project will combine the expertise of three of the centre (CSEF, i-STUTE and CIE-MAP) to consider further the potential contribution of heat pumps, sorption refrigeration and thermal energy storage technologies for energy efficiency and decarbonisation of the industrial sector.
Invisible Energy Policy (DEMAND and CIE-MAP centres)
Many different areas of government policy – health, education, defence, welfare and economic policy to name but a few, have tangible consequences for energy demand and for patterns of mobility. DEMAND and CIE-MAP will combine forces to help articulate and identify critical areas of what we describe as ‘invisible’ energy policy.