Energy-SuDS: The potential of urban Green Infrastructure for decarbonising heating and cooling.

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About the Project

There is no more important challenge in engineering than that presented by climate change. This project is at the cutting-edge of this challenge as it seeks to explore opportunities to both decarbonise our single greatest energy use (space heating and cooling) in combination with sustainable, nature-based solutions to adapt our urban areas to cope with ever-increasing extremes in weather e.g., high intensity rainfall induced flooding, prolonged drought and heat waves. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are a form of increasingly wide-spread Green Infrastructure, offering multiple benefits besides the management of urban runoff. Ground Source Heat is a well-established technology for providing low-carbon heating/cooling that exploits buried heat exchangers in a variety of forms. Combining these approaches is a potential game-changer in how we can meet the long-term needs of society. 

This project broadly aims to investigate the untapped potential of co-locating ground source heat exchangers in SuDS to improve efficiency and uptake of both technologies. Based at the UKCRIC National Green Infrastructure Facility at Newcastle University, the project will benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories and a network of engaged industry partners. 

If you think you are up to the challenge, please feel free to make informal enquiries and/or explore our previous work in this area in the articles listed below. 

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Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13) Geology (18)


1. Loveridge F, Schellart A, Rees S, Stirling R, Taborda D, Tait S, Alibardi L, Biscontin G, Shepley P, Shafagh I, Shepherd W, Yildiz A, Jefferson B. The potential for heat recovery and thermal energy storage in the UK using buried infrastructure. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2022, 175(1), 10-26.
2. Yildiz A, Stirling RA. Thermo-hydrological behaviour of green infrastructure: a comparative field and laboratory study. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 2021, 25, 1-11.
3. Yildiz A, Stirling R. Ground heat exchange potential of Green Infrastructure. Geothermics 2022, 101, 1-12.
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