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The Dynamics of Energy Supply and Demand in the National Housing Stock: Fully-funded four-year studentship

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    Dr D Allinson
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

For many years the energy performance of UK houses has been calculated using a relatively simple, steady-state model. This 'Standard Assessment Procedure' is used to create Energy Performance Certificates, to show compliance with building regulations and, increasingly, to support government policy. The SAP requires a reduced input data set that can be collected quickly, and at low cost, in the field. The input data for millions of UK homes has been collected and archived.

It is increasingly recognised that reductions in our energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, will increasingly rely on the dynamic interplay between a time-varying energy supply and load-managed demands. Dynamic thermal simulation models can capture these dynamics, but the modelling of houses usually requires extensive data sets, which precludes dynamic modelling of communities, towns and cities. However, recent research at Loughborough University has developed a new method to create equivalent dynamic models from the SAP reduced input data.

This PhD will continue the development of the Reduced data Dynamic Energy Model (RdDEM). More importantly, it will apply this model to existing housing stocks to answer pressing questions related to our national energy policy. For example: for which houses in which locations is demand side management possible; how might the widespread adoption of electric heating influence peak electrical loads; what benefits could battery storage have for the grid and for energy consumers; and can the energy-efficient refurbishment of homes assist in peak load lopping as well as demand reduction.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.

Entry Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, natural sciences, data analytics, computer science, statistics, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

How to apply

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This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal:

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Funding Notes

If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be approx. £17,009 (exact amount to be confirmed).

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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