Interdisciplinary Centre for for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy (i-STUTE)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

The UK is committed to a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% before 2050. With over 40% of fossil fuels used for low temperature heating and 16% of electricity used for cooling these are key areas that must be addressed. The vision of our interdisciplinary centre is to develop a portfolio of technologies that will deliver heat and cold cost-effectively and with such high efficiency as to enable the target to be met, and to create well planned and robust Business, Infrastructure and Technology Roadmaps to implementation.

Features of our approach to meeting the challenge are:
a) Integration of economic, behavioural, policy and capability/skills factors together with the science/technology research to produce solutions that are technically excellent, compatible with and appealing to business, end-users, manufacturers and installers.
b) Managing our research efforts in Delivery Temperature Work Packages (DTWPs) (freezing/cooling, space heating, process heat) so that exemplar study solutions will be applicable in more than one sector (e.g. Commercial/Residential, Commercial/Industrial).
c) The sub-tasks (projects) of the DTWPs will be assigned to distinct phases: 1st Wave technologies or products will become operational in a 5-10 year timescale, 2nd Wave ideas and concepts for application in the longer term and an important part of the 2050 energy landscape. 1st Wave projects will lead to a demonstration or field trial with an end user and 2nd Wave projects will lead to a proof-of-concept (PoC) assessment.
d) Being market and emission-target driven, research will focus on needs and high volume markets that offer large emission reduction potential to maximise impact. Phase 1 (near term) activities must promise high impact in terms of CO2 emissions reduction and technologies that have short turnaround times/high rates of churn will be prioritised.
e) A major dissemination network that engages with core industry stakeholders, end users, contractors and SMEs in regular workshops and also works towards a Skills Capability Development Programme to identify the new skills needed by the installers and operators of the future. The SIRACH (Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating) Network will operate at national and international levels to maximise impact and findings will be included in teaching material aimed at the development of tomorrow's engineering professionals.
f) To allow the balance and timing of projects to evolve as results are delivered/analysed and to maximise overall value for money and impact of the centre only 50% of requested resources are earmarked in advance.
g) Each DTWP will generally involve the complete multidisciplinary team in screening different solutions, then pursuing one or two chosen options to realisation and test.

Our consortium brings together four partners: Warwick, Loughborough, Ulster and London South Bank Universities with proven track records in electric and gas heat pumps, refrigeration technology, heat storage as well as policy / regulation, end-user behaviour and business modelling. Industrial, commercial, NGO and regulatory resources and advice will come from major stakeholders such as DECC, Energy Technologies Institute, National Grid, British Gas, Asda, Co-operative Group, Hewlett Packard, Institute of Refrigeration, Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

An Advisory Board with representatives from Industry, Government, Commerce, and Energy Providers as well as international representation from centres of excellence in Germany, Italy and Australia will provide guidance. Collaboration (staff/student exchange, sharing of results etc.) with government-funded thermal energy centres in Germany (at Fraunhofer ISE), Italy (PoliMi, Milan) and Australia (CSIRO) clearly demonstrate the international relevance and importance of the topic and will enhance the effectiveness of the international effort to combat climate change.

Planned Impact

We expect i-STUTE's work to influence the choices we make and technologies we use for heating and cooling in most UK buildings as we makes changes to meet the 2050 goals of reducing emissions.

The challenge is that while some technologies exist today, scientific advances are needed to improve their effectiveness and efficiency, engineering advances are needed to develop systems that provide solutions for different end use markets and social science advances are needed to understand how these solutions can be developed as commercially successful businesses that fit the way we want to meet our energy needs without the long term need for subsidies or regulations.

As part of a set of centres considering the end use of energy in different markets, iSTUTE's work on heating and cooling will address the fact that about 16% of electricity used in the UK today is used for cooling and more than 40% of the fossil fuels currently used in the UK is for heating in homes, offices, etc. where alternative technologies like heat pumps, energy storage systems, small scale combined heat and power systems, etc. can be used. The centre's research will have a broad impact on energy use in the UK through a series of channels:

a) Advances in our scientific knowledge of how these technologies can perform as well as the improvements in efficiency needed to reach overall emission goals, such as improving performance by 50% (heat out/electricity in) and raising the 30% emissions savings shown by current gas heat pumps vs. fossil alternatives up to 65%.

b) The UK's economic growth will be severely challenged if more efficient, lower emissions solutions to major areas of energy use such as heating and cooling are not developed. The alternatives are the increasing use and cost of imported fossil fuels where emissions costs are included in some way, or building considerably more renewable generating capacity.

c) The centre integrates the scientific and engineering advances needed with research that will understand the commercial and behavioural issues that influence our use of energy. We will consider the new business models that companies need to adopt and how technical solutions can be presented as attractive propositions that consumers will choose. This will directly feed into the products and investments that companies can make to develop this area as a thriving sector of the economy.

d) As well as commercial and behavioural issues, the centre will consider what policy measures will need to support the transition required. Our aim is to balance achieving solutions that are commercial viability and attractiveness with an economic reality as to the scale and scope for subsidies or including costs within bills.

e) The centre's partnerships with a wide range of companies and institutions involved in heating and cooling means the question of what skills and capabilities are needed will be addressed jointly through the development of roadmaps that lay out future requirements. This will be part of a Network and dissemination programme that builds on a successful, existing activity currently focussed on refrigeration.

Organisations

 
Description Roadmaps for Industry - The culmination of work over several years to develop a seminal roadmap documents to signpost and steer our industries through a period of rapid change, to address the challenges associated with energy use and climate change. The IIR have endorsed a technical roadmap for retail refrigeration that offers up to 50% energy reduction benefits to the UK retail sector that constitutes 3% of the UK electricity demand. The roadmap is already being applied by Asda and Walmart in the development of new and existing stores. Work is also well-advanced on an equivalent roadmap for energy use for cooling in data centres, which is endorsed by CIBSE and with support from leading data centre consultants "Operational Intelligence". Developing the roadmaps has combined significant technical advances with extensive industry engagement. i-STUTE's role has been that of an independent authority to draw together the offerings of multiple supply chain participants and offer a credible, industry-wide solution to the customer community. The customer community is the dominated by the big supermarket retailers and data centre providers who both operate in a very competitive market so the i-STUTE roadmaps offer a choice for individual company adoption, industry-wide adoption as a form of self-regulation or government action through regulation. Three retailers have already committed to pilot the recommended solution. As an IIR badged report, the roadmaps become available to professionals in 60 countries via the IIR. Our portfolio of lower readiness level research projects are now achieving significant performance improvements or new insights compared with existing practice. This is attracting interest, support and further funding from companies & institutions. Examples include: • Improvements in heat pump performance and design (as above) have led Baxi, Spirax Sarco and Emerson to collaborate with i-STUTE in new research, contributing £128k to a new £1.2M EPSRC project 4S-DHW aimed at solving the challenges of efficient domestic hot water supply using heat pumps but without storage, competing with combi-boilers. • Growth in heat pump deployment has not achieved levels hoped for. Early manufacturer involvement from a major domestic heating company such as Baxi demonstrates the Centre's role in bringing forward new technologies and designs to help the sector make better products to increase deployment. • UW has created a new design of sorption generator for domestic gas heat pumps that has improved the power density by 5-10 compared to state of the art and, most importantly, reduced anticipated production costs to a commercially attractive level. • Achieving cost effectiveness for a gas heat pump, preferably without need of subsidies or regulation change is a major goal. UW is now a recipent of a £2M BEIS innovation project 'Adsorption heat pump' that will build three production prototypes, test/evaluate them and establish manufacturing routes• We have developed latent heat storage devices that are both compact with high energy density and power delivery rates suitable for domestic heating which are under test. We are currently looking at enhanced designs suitable for domestic hot water power delivery rates. Prototype compact thermochemical heat stores with over 5 times the storage density of a hot water tank are also under test. • It is highly desirable to develop heat storage that can fit into 'unusual' spaces so that a customer can benefit from DHW using a heat pump but does not need a DHW tank. This enables the heat pumps system to match the space saving characteristics of the combi-boiler.• A novel electric heat pump with economised vapour injection has demonstrated coefficients of performance (COPs) of 3.7 for radiators and 5.1 for underfloor heating. This is a major improvement on current COPs for commercial systems closer to 2.0 with radiators and 3.0 with underfloor heating. This has resulted in a new domestic heat pump product launched by the company Red in Ulster• Customer adoption based on better performance rather than just greener performance will offer a very different value proposition to customers. • Experimental work on the psychological barriers to behaviour change now indicates how decisions may be presented to increase consideration of investments in energy efficient technologies (e.g. a heat pump rather than a boiler). • Insights into how to address behavioural barriers have attracted commercial interest. While we are still to compare the relative effect of different barriers, it offers opportunities to promote low carbon solutions. • Technical achievements in thermal storage materials characterisation include scaling up while maintaining reasonable levels of performance, identification of new high temperature materials, new system development and model validation. • Short term (hours/diurnal) storage can significantly assist demand side management and so deal with both intermittent renewables and peak loads from wide scale heat pump use. If longer term (days/weeks) compact heat storage becomes feasible in domestic installations, facilitating domestic installation, then there will be a major impact on the whole energy supply/demand system. While still at early TRLs, validated models allow predictions of likely system performance to be made with improved levels of confidence. This aids decision makers regarding their future viability.This year we have started combining technologies into system solutions to assess how the overall benefits are more than the sum of the parts. For example, combining a heat pump with thermal energy store that operates demand side management to match the variable and intermittent supply on a network with significant renewable supplies. This was achieved without compromising the energy comfort of people in the demonstration houses involved.We are also working with London Underground and Islington Council on innovative schemes to extract and share heating and cooling between applications.Many evaluations and forecasts consider individual technologies as independent. They are unable to assess the integration opportunities and requirements when systems with multiple components are placed into service and operate with actual demand profiles. While we are still building the evidence base, achieving test house results without compromising occupants' comfort is an important milestone regarding how people respond to system solutions in real building situations. This progression of work provides new evidence on the benefits and acceptance of integrated energy systems, particularly at the domestic level.
Exploitation Route Our outputs on End Use Energy Demand in general and thermal energy (heating and cooling) are informative to government, policy makers and manufacturers of heating and cooling products etc.
Sectors Energy

URL http://www.i-stute.org
 
Description Centre activities over the five year project ending December 2018: Context: i-STUTE's focus within the EUED programme is on energy used for heating and cooling. Awareness of the energy used in heating and cooling arose with DECC's 2013 report on "The Future of Heating: Meeting the challenge" which identified that 44% of energy used in the UK is for heating & cooling. This data does not reflect the importance of cooling, a major part of the i-STUTE remit. 19 % of UK electricity is used for cooling and the proportion is rising both in the UK and worldwide. It is predicted [IPCC, 2014, http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/WGIIAR5-Chap10_FGDall.pdf, p6, accessed 26/10/16] that the energy used for cooling will exceed that used for space heating within 50 years. Energy use for heating and cooling is spread across industrial, commercial and residential markets. i-STUTE is assessing what approaches can reduce and decarbonise energy use in selected markets. Our approach has used both interdisciplinary research into actions closer to market deployment together with more technical based research in low TRL solutions that offer significant improvements in performance that, if commercialised, could change previous impact and deployment models. Key areas of progress include the following: • Our roadmap for Refrigeration in Retail has been published by The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR). The refrigeration roadmap will be disseminated in 60 countries worldwide and more than 25,000 practising professionals in the UK. LSBU's novel food retail cabinet technology will offer 50-85% savings in energy compared with existing technologies. Supermarket refrigeration, because of its scale and influence is a key driver for innovation in the cooling industry, which is dominated by SMEs (small and medium enterprises). Developments in supermarket technology will therefore have much greater reach and impact on other energy intensive cooling sectors, and this technology is currently being trialled by ASDA in the UK with oversight by Walmart in the US. • Another seminal document developed is a roadmap for energy use in data centres, with potential savings of up to 70% identified. Data centre energy use is estimated to be 2.75% of UK electricity and growing rapidly. Worldwide data centre energy consumption quadrupled between 2007 and 2013 and is expected to grow significantly by 2030. The roadmap is informing UK government policy on data centre energy use and will have reach appropriate professionals through a CIBSE technical memorandum. • We have started to develop technology demonstrators for energy systems at different scales, not just individual technologies. For example a heat pump + thermal store combination, plus demand side management (DSM). We also now have the modelling resources in place to assess integrated system performance in realistic use cases. Most forecasts for technology deployment do not assess such integration effects. • Our early TRL research offers a portfolio of significant performance improvements over current technologies: latent heat storage devices for use with heat pump systems have been developed and are under test that have 3-4 times the storage density of a hot water tank . A novel electric heat pump with economised vapour injection has demonstrated coefficients of performance (COPs) of 3.7 for radiators and 5.1 for underfloor heating. This is a major improvement on current COPs for commercial systems closer to 2.0 with radiators and 3.0 with underfloor heating. This has been adopted and developed by Red Ltd and a domestic heat pump is now on the market. Gas heat pump sorption generators five to ten times more compact than commercial technology have been demonstrated at lab scale and are now being developed to pre-production prototype stage funded by a grant from BEIS. Details of activities by work package are as follows: WP0 - SIRACH network and dissemination From the centre's start, our dissemination network SIRACH (http://www.sirach.org.uk/) has provided information and events to engage industry, particularly SMEs. SIRACH has continued to pioneer discussions on a range of important topics with the academic and industrial community. This has included meetings around domestic and commercial heating and cooling, heating and cooling networks, innovations in heating and cooling, thermal storage in smart energy systems and energy reduction and sustainability in the food chains. These reach out across the UK and have been attended by 900 professionals from more than 20 countries. In addition our SIRACH resources have been accessed by more than 18,000 visitors to our host website and the impact and reach of the network events has been greatly enhanced through publishing regular articles in professional industry journals and trade press to audiences of more than 100,000. (ACR Journal, http://www.acrjournal.uk/ and CIBSE journal). The subjects being disseminated are beginning to get significant impact and traction from industry. SIRACH events are being promoted strongly by social media including editors of leading industry magazines. More generally across the i-STUTE centre overall; dissemination included 22 Conference papers, 23 Journal papers and one patent as detailed in Section 4. WP1 on Economics, Policy & Behaviour has continued experimental work in homes and businesses, often in partnership with companies, to understand how energy use in heating can be changed or reduced. This has strengthened the evidence base or offered novel insight in areas such as user concerns if hot water tanks are used as thermal stores, the gap between perceived and actual energy use by people working in offices, the lack of control over energy use that people see themselves having in offices and how information alignment, social norms and framing can increase whether people will consider investments in more energy efficient technologies for their homes. Planned work on business model typology now receives significant attention in companies and consultancies so emphasis has shifted to assessing sectors as innovation systems. For example, an initial analysis of the heat pump sector illustrates barriers to innovation that have led to modest deployment to date, but the impact of improved technical performance and development of integrated solutions presented in later WPs needs evaluation to assess whether it represents enough of a change to spur a new wave of commercial innovation. WP2 Cooling and Refrigeration The work on cooling and refrigeration continues well across four areas. In supermarket refrigeration, our roadmap is available via IIR. The roadmap's recommendations are based upon detailed studies of different low carbon technologies. Business collaboration includes working with Asda, Walmart and a leading UK SME manufacturer on the development of a state of the art supermarket display case, with potentially large scale energy reduction (predicted 50-85%). Data centres are the second market we focus on, where we have now drafted a roadmap on cooling of data centres and are discussing with the CIBSE how this can be issued as a technical memorandum. We are also instrumenting the LSBU data centre to investigate integrated cooling and heat recovery. We work with key data centre industry players e.g. Data Center Dynamics, Operational Intelligence and Digital Realty Trust Inc. (Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)). Our modelling and experimental work on transport refrigeration is revealing deficiencies in system performance and operational compliance in practice. Our findings led to Hubbard Products Ltd (a leading industry UK manufacturer) introducing a new component design that drastically reduces refrigerant loss. This has been taken up by other manufacturers resulting in international industry wide improvements. In addition, our work on integrated heating and cooling systems with London Underground has identified optimum configurations for heat extraction. We are currently working with London Underground and Islington Council investigating how best to capture waste heat for reuse in Islington's district heating networks. WP3 Low temperature heating (Buildings) Complete solutions for heating in domestic and commercial buildings requires integration of heat pumps (electric, gas or hybrids) with thermal storage technologies. Their integration also requires an understanding of behavioural and commercial issues. UW concentrates on the technical challenges of gas heat pumps which are currently at the lower end of the TRL range. It successfully tested and validated a design of a 'first generation' device, but concluded that the projected capital costs were unattractive and a new approach was needed. An innovative design that should overcome these challenges is now at the bench testing stage. It offers the possibility of gas heat pumps for the UK market that are between 5 and 10 times smaller than the only commercially available systems. This latest research is in collaboration with major market player Baxi, who offer a potential route to market. The carbon reduction potential per unit based on average present consumption amounts to 3tCO2 per year. In the medium term the UK impact will be well into the Mt range. Our latest modelling activity (see below) will offer precise estimates for the UK housing stock. UU has demonstrated an integrated electric heat pump / thermal store in one of its test houses (early 1900s terraced construction) to assess how Demand Side Management (DSM) might be achieved. The conventional water store is inadequate and is currently being replaced by a commercial (Sunamp) Phase Change Material (PCM) store. Concurrently, LU is working on prototype PCM storage systems for domestic space heating which will be used later. These new stores use different heat exchanger designs and PCMs. LU have also constructed and characterised small lab scale thermochemical heat storage systems. WP4 High temperature heating (Industry) Companies using heating and cooling in Industrial markets have a direct commercial incentive to be more efficient and so i-STUTE has focused less in this area than in residential and commercial markets. However, we have cases within i- STUTE where the technologies overlap markets and UU (supported by Emerson) have identified promising refrigerants for use in industrial heat pumps at up to 150?C with otherwise conventional compressors and components. UW have carried out laboratory tests on sorption generators for thermal transformers that may be used to upgrade industrial waste heat. This work was supported by Spirax Sarco Ltd, the major UK and international supplier of industrial steam heating systems. Upgrading waste heat from industry by both means could reduce energy consumption by up to 20TWh/year (c. 10% industrial energy use) in the UK. Materials for latent heat storage at a range of temperatures to 250°C have been analysed using DSC and TGA techniques and initial prototype storage systems have been fabricated.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Energy
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Contribution to BEIS 'Energy Innovation Needs Assessment' study
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Preparation of report on sorption research needs to Mission Innovation Challenge 7 for BEIS
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description ECN direct funding for 'Efficient AdSorption for Industrial Energy Re-use - EASIER'
Amount € 67,500 (EUR)
Organisation Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) 
Sector Public
Country Netherlands
Start 07/2017 
End 06/2020
 
Description IEA Heat Pump Programme Annex on Gas Driven Heat Pumps
Amount £98,148 (GBP)
Funding ID TRN479072012 
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2012 
End 12/2016
 
Description Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships: European
Amount € 97,727 (EUR)
Funding ID 659749 - InterAct 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2015 
End 06/2016
 
Description Thermal Energy Challenge
Amount £1,238,712 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N021304/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 02/2019
 
Description Thermal Energy Challenge
Amount £1,235,226 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N021304/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Thermal Energy Research Accelerator
Amount £20,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description Spirax-Sarco 
Organisation Spirax-Sarco Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Informing Spirax Sarco about the future product possibilities for Thermal transformers in industrial applications.
Collaborator Contribution Building test heat exchangers for use in research laboratory at Warwick
Impact Papers as listed elsewhere
Start Year 2015
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Asda Stores Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation British Gas
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Delta-EE
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Department of Energy and Climate Change
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation E ON
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Fraunhofer Society
Department Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Research
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Heat Pump Association
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Operational Intelligence Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation Polytechnic University of Milan
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation The Cooperative Estates
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Description i-STUTE Advisory Board 
Organisation The National Grid Co plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution i-STUTE delivers reports to, interacts with and takes advice from the above partners.
Collaborator Contribution The partners above, together with EPSRC sit on the Advisory Board of i-STUTE.
Impact At least 20 presentations all available publicly at the i-STUTE website.
Start Year 2013
 
Title Advanced domestic heat pump 
Description Prof Hewitt of the University of Ulster worked closely with RED Ltd in developing their new domestic heat pump which has been field tested and is now on the market. The unit has improved COP compared to most offerings on the market. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact A commercial product has been realised and is on the market. 
 
Description Applications for Cryogenic Cooling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On the 12th October STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) pened its doors to the SIRACH Network. RAL is home to many of the UK's most advanced research facilities and supports work in a range of areas including space science and astronomy, particle physics, nanotechnology and developing new materials. The event focused on applications for cryogenic cooling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sirach.org.uk/SAHQAB252221
 
Description Breakfast Forum on 'Heating and Cooling to 2020 and beyond' for an invited audience of government, industry and other stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Raised the profile of i-STUTE, made new contacts. Note that main audience was industry - NOT ONE OF THE ABOVE OPTIONS!

Invitations to give other talks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.i-stute.org/forum.html
 
Description Low carbon heating and cooling for green growth 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Approx 70 delegates attended this meeting in The Shard, 18th October 2018 to hear presentations from government, expert consultants, and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SIRACH Meeting: Fans, airflow and eco design: Innovation in retail design 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On the 14th June the SIRACH Network was hosted by ebm-papst, an organisation known as a leader in the field of fan and motor development.

This free event offered behind the scenes access to the unique facilities including

CFD capabilities for aerodynamic, acoustic, thermal and energy reduction
Environmental chambers and EMC test equipment for product validation
ISO 9001 certified production facilities with extensive design, test and evaluation capabilities
The meeting focused on how developments in fans, airflow and the use of eco design are having a significant impact on efficiency in the retail environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sirach.org.uk/S66J3U385741
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Challenges to implementing sustainability - ICCC International Conference - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Challenges to implementing sustainability . SIRACH meeting held on 25th June 2014. ICCC International Conference - London. 35 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Commercial refrigeration, cooling and heating - Sainsbury's Supermarket - Leicestershire 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Commercial refrigeration cooling and heating. SIRACH meeting held on the 22nd October 2014 at Sainsbury Thurmaston Leicester. 55 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Components for Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps - Climate Center - Leamington Spa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Components for Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps. SIRACH meeting held on the 5th February 2015 at the Climate Center at Leamington Spa. 42 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Development in Heating and Cooling Technologies -Arctic Circle, Hereford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Development in Heating and Cooling Technologies. SIRACH meeting held on the 23rd April 2015 at the Arctic Circle in Hereford. 35 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - District Heating and Cooling - Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact District Heating and Cooling. SIRACH meeting held on the 1st October 2015 at the Newcastle University. 52 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2015
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Domestic and Commercial Heating and Cooling - next generation technologies - Daikin Training Centre Woking 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Domestic and Commercial Heating and Cooling - next generation technologies. SIRACH meeting held on the 20th January 2016 at the Diakin Training Centre Woking. 30 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Energy reduction and sustainability in the food chain - Brunel University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Energy reduction and sustainability in the food chain. SIRACH meeting held on the 20th April 2016 at - Brunel University. 56 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Gustav Lorentzen Conference Refrigerants and Regulations, Driving or Stifling Innovation - Heriot Watt  
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gustav Lorentzen Conference Refrigerants and Regulations, Driving or Stifling Innovation. SIRACH workshop held on the August 2016 at Heriot Watt. 40 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Heat powered cycles - Spirax Sarco, Cheltenham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Heat powered cycles. SIRACH meeting held on 21 May 2014. Spirax Sarco, Cheltenham. 36 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Innovation in Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps, - Mitsubishi Electric, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Innovation in Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps. SIRACH meeting held on Tuesday 2nd September 2014. The Mitsubishi Electric Livingston. 32 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Sustainable heating and cooling - IRC Congress, Yokohama, Japan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Japan SIRACH WORKSHOP-International Congress of Refrigeration (ICR) 16-22/08/2015. SIRACH has organised a workshop at a major conference. The main focus of the workshop was to provide attendees with a thought provoking and informative workshop on technology innovation and application. 48 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting - Thermal storage in smart energy systems - International Energy Research Centre in Cork 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Thermal storage in smart energy systems. SIRACH meeting held on the 23 November 2016 at the International Energy Research Centre in Cork. 53 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting -Heat pump and compressors, - Emerson Technologies, Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Heat pump and compressors. SIRACH meeting held on 25th February 2014. Emerson Technologies, Northern Ireland. 30 people attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://sirach.org.uk/past-events
 
Description SIRACH meeting: Energy Efficiency and the Future - Gaining Business Advantage from 20-20-20 targets 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On the 2nd March the IOR's International Refrigeration Committee and SIRACH held a meeting focusing on the business opportunities of environmental policy and international energy reduction targets.

In an uncertain global community there are questions about what the impact of EU Policy and Global accords are going to have on the UK Government energy and environment strategy. The briefing reviewed what have been the drivers and successes to date in achieving energy efficiency savings and lowering emissions. What are our options? What new solutions are likely to present themselves? And how should we in the UK put these in an international context?

This half day business meeting offered guidance and case studies of:

How 20-20-20 is driving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in Europe
Technologies and behaviour factors that are having an impact
The role of low GWP HFO refrigerants
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Support for Innovation and Growth, a Collaborative Conference for Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact "Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies for the Future - Support for Innovation and Growth, a Collaborative Conference for Industry" was an event held at the University of Warwick on 13th April 2016.
It was a collaborative conference in partnership between the University of Warwick, the i-STUTE Consortium of universities, Innovate UK, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) and the Industrial and Commercial Energy Association (ICOM) to transfer knowledge on how companies can access support for growth, innovation, R&D and development of products and services.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016