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Projects: Sustainable Use of Energy and Energy in the Built Environment

Project List Wind Integration Storage Offshore Hydrogen Sustainability

Project Title: The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)
Project Description: The UK Energy Research Centre

UKERC undertakes world-class research addressing whole-systems aspects of energy supply and use, while developing and maintaining the means to enable cohesive UK research in energy. In phase 3 of UKERC, ERU has two specific roles

  1. to maintain and develop the UKERC Energy Data Centre which provides an up-to-date understanding of the UK energy research landscape: activities, location, inter-relationships, major achievements, and outputs. It consists of the Project Register, Landscapes, Roadmaps, and Data Catalogue, searchable individually and collectively
  2. to develop the Data Catalogue and proactively seek data which is of relevance to UK energy researchers

See the UKERC Website for more information

 
ERU Contact: Dr. Jim Halliday
Duration: Phase 1: October 2004 to April 2009
Phase 2: April 2009 to March 2014
Phase 3 : May 2014 to April 2019
Partners: Phase 1: Imperial College, London; University of Oxford; University of Manchester; University of Edinburgh; Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster; University of Exeter; ERU, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
Phase 2: Core Partners: Imperial College, London; University of Oxford; University of Exeter; ERU, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; Plymouth Marine Laboratory; University College London; Cardiff University
Phase 3: Core Partners: Imperial College, London; University of Oxford; ERU, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; University College London; University of Strathclyde; University of Leeds
Funding Body: Phase 1: NERC, EPSRC and ESRC via NERC grant NE/C513169/1
Phase 2: NERC, EPSRC and ESRC via NERC Grant NE/G007748/1
Phase 3: NERC, EPSRC and ESRC via EPSRC grant EP/L024756/1

Project Title: Feasibility of Building Mounted/Integrated Wind Turbines (BUWTs)
Project Description:

This project identified and acquired an understanding of all BUWT technologies, accurately described their current status and identified the research necessary for each technology to bring them all to the demonstration stage. It identified the common research needs and developed a ‘research and development pathway to demonstration’ whereby funding bodies can direct their available funds to maximum effect.
See project website

ERU Contact: Dr. Jim Halliday
Duration: Aug 2003 - Jul 2004
Partners: STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Altechnica, BDSP, Hoare Lea, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Marlec, Proven, Wind Dam Limited, FreeGEN, and University of Strathclyde
Funding Body: 75 % from Carbon Trust [2002-7-28-1-6 ]

Project Title: Wind Energy For the Built Environment (WEB); Assessment of Wind Energy Utilisation Potential in Moderately Windy Built-up Areas
Project Description: HAWT running in the wind concentrator tested during March 2000 for the Wind Energy for the Built environment project (WEB)The project has developed wind enhancement and integration techniques (using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling) to design optimised building forms for a concentrator for low to moderate wind speed areas (2 to 5 m/s annual average) in order to increase the annual energy yield per installation for a given site and wind regime. The techniques have been validated and the concentrator design optimised from numerous small-scale model testing in a wind tunnel. A near scale (around 2m rotor diameter) turbine/concentrator design prototype was constructed on the ERU Test Site and tested with a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) and a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT). Vibration and noise measurement have been made for each configuration.
Further details are available at the ERU WEB Project and BDSP web sites.
ERU Contact: Dr. Jim Halliday
Duration: Sep 1998 to Aug 2000
Partners: BDSP Partnership, University of Stuttgart , MECAL, Imperial College London (and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory as a subcontractor to Imperial College London)
Funding Body: European Commission [JOR3-CT98-0270]

Project Title: Sustainable City - Assessment and Management of Urban Energy Demand
Project Description: This project examined both technical and social aspects of urban energy and formulated prototype model for identification of optimum strategies for specified energy management objectives. A computer model was developed that uses a mathematical optimisation approach to determine the optimum selection of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies to achieve a specified objective, such as minimising the costs to achieve a given energy saving, and provides output information on the effect of energy management measures on energy demand.
See Sustainable Cities
ERU Contact: Dr Jim Halliday
Duration: Jan 1997 - Mar 2000
Partners: STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, De Montfort University (Leicester), Leicester City Council, Leicester Energy Advice Centre, University of East Anglia, University of Northumbria
Funding Body: EPSRC [GR/L04863/01]

Project List Wind Integration Storage Offshore Hydrogen Sustainability

 
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