Brunel University London

Brunel University London is a dynamic British institution with over 13,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff operating in a vibrant culture of research excellence. In recent years the University has invested over €450 million into a campus redevelopment programme and now possesses an impressive range of modern, state-of-the-art facilities. Brunel has a long history of successful bidding for European funding and of successful managing and delivery of EU projects. It was partner or coordinator on over 150 projects within FP7, and currently coordinates or participates as partner on 22 Horizon 2020 projects.

Our research is focused around Brunel’s three interdisciplinary research institutes. The Institute of Energy Futures, Institute of Environment, Health and Societies and Institute for Material and Manufacturing. The current proposed research will be conducted within the Institute of Energy Futures (IEF) and the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing (IMM). IEF brings together researchers from a range of disciplines to investigate and develop innovative energy efficient technologies and processes to address societal needs and greenhouse gas emissions targets whilst taking into consideration the influence of human behaviour. The research concentrates on end use energy demand reduction, energy generation from renewable energy sources and efficient electrical power distribution and utilisation. IEF comprises four major themes. i) Advanced Engines and Biofuels, ii) Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies, iii) Smart Power Networks and iv) Resource Efficient Future Cities. Researchers from ii and iv will be active in this project but expertise and facilities from other groups will be drawn upon. IFE has a number of H2020 projects funded during the last two years.

The research for PVfabric will be coordinated by the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies Research Group which forms a part of the Institute of Energy Futures (IEF). The group hosts the UK National Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF). CSEF carries out both applied and fundamental research into energy demand reduction at all stages of food chain in close collaboration with industry. It is supported by a grant of €7.0m from the UK Research Councils. The research group also has many other areas of strength, including heat pipes, advanced refrigeration and waste heat recovery technologies, as well as electrical power generation from renewable sources. Accordingly, the Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies research group possesses extensive state of the art experimental and computational facilities that are well suited to supporting research projects in this area.