Presentation on theme: "Energy opportunities on campus and further afield Ian Cotton, Director of Manchester Energy www.energy.manchester.ac.uk."— Presentation transcript:
Energy opportunities on campus and further afield Ian Cotton, Director of Manchester Energy www.energy.manchester.ac.uk
Context Across the University over 200 academics / around 600 researchers work in energy 1/3 of EPS research grants in the area of energy (c. £80m) Impact and social responsibility are key drivers Energy is a significant operational cost for the University The University must demonstrate to HEFCE that it meets a 2020 carbon reduction target Greater Manchester is recognised by DECC as a ‘Low Carbon Pioneer City’
Key Energy Challenges Reducing energy usage in a growing University – design, widgets and people Integrated management of energy usage within a growing city Adaptation to climate change Increased penetration of electric vehicles
Example Activities University owns a 6.6kV distribution network to feed electrical energy to all campus buildings This network supports a range of activities including: –First installation of broadband over power cable – an essential component of the smart grid –High resolution smart meters giving us second by second readings of energy consumption Development of an exemplar laboratory in SSB which has seen students and staff develop facilities used for research and teaching which include: –Automatic heating control valves / window openers –User comfort feedback system –Lightning controls –Occupancy sensors
Further Afield Greater Manchester has agreed a deal with NEDO to deploy a large scale trial of electrification of heat in social housing Such large scale trials happening on our doorstep provide a significant opportunity for researcher engagement The University is now in Cumbria as well as in Manchester – what opportunities exist in this rural environment?