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Exploring how users and the urban environment impacts on future electricity demand for cooling (FULLY FUNDED)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Mander
    Dr R Wood
  • Application Deadline
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Whilst little is known about how increased temperatures as a result of climate change may impact upon electricity demand, if uptake of air conditioning is significant the impact may be significant. Adoption of air conditioning depends on many interacting factors which cover social, building focused and spatial dimensions. Using Manchester as a case study, this project will explore how building form, the surrounding cityscape and users influence uptake of AC, and the knock-on impact for electricity demand, both peak and temporal. Working with Electricity North West, the project outputs would inform decision making into future network investments within the region.

Year 1: Taught courses and preparatory study

Year 2: Placement at Electricity North West to understand techniques and approaches for electricity demand modelling. Original research to include: mapping of built environment and cityscape for a central Manchester district, including commercial floor space with and without air conditioning. Development of initial modelling for commercial electricity demand for idealised new build, retro-fitted and potential refurbishment buildings

Year 3: Climate modelling, and interviews with building managers and users to understand processes of adaption of AC. Incorporation of new understanding within model.

Year 4: Completion of modelling and write-up


This project is funded by EPSRC, the University of Manchester and our Industry partners. Funding is available to UK candidates. EU candidates are also eligible if they have been studying or working continuously in the UK for three or more years (prior to the start date of the programme). The successful candidates will have their fees paid in full and will receive an enhanced maintenance stipend.

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