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EP/H009612/1 - The UK Doctoral Training Centre in Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment

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Professor RJ Lowe EP/H009612/1 - The UK Doctoral Training Centre in Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment

Principal Investigator - UCL Energy Institute, University College London

Other Investigators

Professor K Lomas, Co InvestigatorProfessor K Lomas

Scheme

Centre for Doctoral Training

Research Areas

Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand) Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand)

Whole Energy Systems Whole Energy Systems

Built Environment Built Environment

Collaborators

Zero Carbon Hub Zero Carbon Hub

Waseda University Waseda University

University of California, San Diego University of California, San Diego

University of California Berkeley University of California Berkeley

Universitat Karlsruhe (TH) Universitat Karlsruhe (TH)

The National Energy Foundation The National Energy Foundation

Technical University of Denmark Technical University of Denmark

Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Institute of British Architects

Purdue University Purdue University

Pell-Frischmann Consultants Pell-Frischmann Consultants

Ove Arup Ltd Ove Arup Ltd

Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University

Norwegian Uni of Science and Technology Norwegian Uni of Science and Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lighting Education Trust Lighting Education Trust

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Kansas State University Kansas State University

Johnson Controls Ltd Johnson Controls Ltd

Hoare Lea Ltd Hoare Lea Ltd

Helsinki University of Technology Helsinki University of Technology

Georgia Inst of Tech Georgia Inst of Tech

Faber Maunsell Faber Maunsell

EDF EDF

Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA Dept for Env Food & Rural Affairs  DEFRA

Dalhousie University Dalhousie University

Communities and Local Government Communities and Local Government

CIBSE CIBSE

Buro Happold Ltd Buro Happold Ltd

Barratt Developments Barratt Developments

Start Date

10/2009

End Date

03/2018

Value

£5,810,682

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Grant Description

Summary and Description of the grant

Reducing carbon emissions and securing energy supplies are crucial international goals to which energy demand reduction must make a major contribution. On a national level, demand reduction, deployment of new and renewable energy technologies, and decarbonisation of the energy supply are essential if the UK is to meet its legally binding carbon reduction targets. As a result, this area is an important theme within the EPSRC's strategic plan, but one that suffers from historical underinvestment and a serious shortage of appropriately skilled researchers. Major energy demand reductions are required within the working lifetime of Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) graduates, i.e. by 2050. Students will thus have to be capable of identifying and undertaking research that will have an impact within their 35 year post-doctoral career. The challenges will be exacerbated as our population ages, as climate change advances and as fuel prices rise: successful demand reduction requires both detailed technical knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills. The DTC will therefore span the interfaces between traditional disciplines to develop a training programme that teaches the context and process-bound problems of technology deployment, along with the communication and leadership skills needed to initiate real change within the tight time scale required. It will be jointly operated by University College London (UCL) and Loughborough University (LU); two world-class centres of energy research. Through the cross-faculty Energy Institute at UCL and Sustainability Research School at LU, over 80 academics have been identified who are able and willing to supervise DTC students. These experts span the full range of necessary disciplines from science and engineering to ergonomics and design, psychology and sociology through to economics and politics. The reputation of the universities will enable them to attract the very best students to this research area.The DTC will begin with a 1 year joint MRes programme followed by a 3 year PhD programme including a placement abroad and the opportunity for each DTC student to employ an undergraduate intern to assist them. Students will be trained in communication methods and alternative forms of public engagement. They will thus understand the energy challenges faced by the UK, appreciate the international energy landscape, develop people-management and communication skills, and so acquire the competence to make a tangible impact. An annual colloquium will be the focal point of the DTC year acting as a show-case and major mechanism for connection to the wider stakeholder community.The DTC will be led by internationally eminent academics (Prof Robert Lowe, Director, and Prof Kevin J Lomas, Deputy Director), together they have over 50 years of experience in this sector. They will be supported by a management structure headed by an Advisory Board chaired by Pascal Terrien, Director of the European Centre and Laboratories for Energy Efficiency Research and responsible for the Demand Reduction programme of the UK Energy Technology Institute. This will help secure the international, industrial and UK research linkages of the DTC.Students will receive a stipend that is competitive with other DTCs in the energy arena and, for work in certain areas, further enhancement from industrial sponsors. They will have a personal annual research allowance, an excellent research environment and access to resources. Both Universities are committed to energy research at the highest level, and each has invested over 3.2M in academic appointments, infrastructure development and other support, specifically to the energy demand reduction area. Each university will match the EPSRC funded studentships one-for-one, with funding from other sources. This DTC will therefore train at least 100 students over its 8 year life.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: The UK Doctoral Training Centre in Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment - EP/H009612/1
Start Date: 2009-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2018-03-31T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: University College London

Description: Reducing carbon emissions and securing energy supplies are crucial international goals to which energy demand reduction must make a major contribution. On a national level, demand reduction, deployment of new and renewable energy technologies, and decarbon ...