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Interdisciplinary Centre for Storage, Transformation and Upgrading of Thermal Energy

We lead one of the six EUED (End Use Energy Demand) centres, created to lead the UK government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. i-STUTE brings together four major research centres and key stakeholders from the UK government and industry to produce solutions that are both technically excellent and appealing to businesses, end-users, manufacturers and installers.
Our consortium brings together four partners: Warwick, Loughborough, Ulster and London South Bank Universities with proven track records in electric and gas heat pumps, refrigeration technology, heat storage as well as policy / regulation, end-user behaviour and business modelling. Industrial, commercial, NGO and regulatory resources and advice will come from major stakeholders such as DECC, Energy Technologies Institute, National Grid, British Gas, Asda, Co-operative Group, Hewlett Packard, Institute of Refrigeration, Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
An Advisory Board with representatives from Industry, Government, Commerce, and Energy Providers as well as international representation from centres of excellence in Germany, Italy and Australia will provide guidance. Collaboration (staff/student exchange, sharing of results etc.) with government-funded thermal energy centres in Germany (at Fraunhofer ISE), Italy (PoliMi, Milan) and Australia (CSIRO) clearly demonstrate the international relevance and importance of the topic and will enhance the effectiveness of the international effort to combat climate change.

Industrial partners: 4D Data Centres Ltd, Asda Bond Electronic Systems, Carbon Trust, Centrica Plc, CIBSE, Co-operative, CSIRO, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Design Council, E.ON, E&P UK Ltd, Emerson Climate Technologies, Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped), Glen Dimplex Group, Heat Pump Association, Hewlett Packard, Hubbard Products Ltd, Institute of Refrigeration, J Sainsbury Plc, London Underground Ltd, National Grid, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Polytechnic University of Milan, Powrmatic Ltd, Spirax sarco, Summitskills.
Principle Investigator:
Professor Bob Critoph


Start date: 01/04/2013

End date: 31/12/2018
Partner institutions:

Loughborough University

University of Ulster

London South Bank University

Warwick Business School
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i-STUTE website