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Radiant Cooling Systems with Reversible Heat Pumps: Fully funded four-year studentship

EPSRC CDT in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

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About the Project

Achieving the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050 in a warming climate requires development and adoption of cooling technologies which take advantage of renewable energy sources.

Radiant Cooling Systems (RCS), which could be coupled to reversible heat pumps powered by renewable electricity, could provide an energy efficient cooling system in the homes of the future. RCS could also enhance occupants’ comfort by avoiding draught, noise and dehumidifying effects of conventional Air-Conditioning units. Despite the advantages, condensation caused by humidity is a limiting factor for the cooling capacity of RCS and could be a key challenge to the widespread adoption of RCS.

This project will investigate the performance of RCS coupled to reversible heat pumps for achieving thermal comfort in UK domestic buildings. The project aims to identify key design challenges and explore control strategies for optimised operation of domestic RCS coupled to reversible heat pumps.

The successful applicant will join the ERBE CDT at Loughborough.
Loughborough University
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The EPSRC CDT in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) brings together established energy research centres at Loughborough University and University College London with the MaREI Research Centre (Ireland). We provide a unique opportunity to work with leading researchers on multi-disciplinary projects integrated with industry and provide a comprehensive skills and development programme.
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Entry requirements
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants having a background in STEM subjects, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines are particularly welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.
Contact details
For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr Arash Beizaee
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228788

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611
How to apply
Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. This document will help you though the application process. Under programme name, please select Energy Resilience and the Built Environment.

Please quote reference number: ERBE20/Radiant

Funding Notes

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2020 and provides a tax-free stipend of approx. £15,285 a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

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