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EPSRC Reference: EP/R008655/1
Title: Community-scale Energy Demand Reduction in India (CEDRI)
Principal Investigator: Jenkins, Professor DP
Other Investigators:
Patidar, Dr S Owens, Professor EH Payne, Dr SR
Robu, Dr V Flynn, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr A Peacock
Project Partners:
Auroville Foundation Enzen Global Solutions Private Ltd. Indian Inst of Technology (IIT) Bombay
Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) Nat Inst of Technology Tiruchirappalli Newcastle University
Panacean Energy Solution
Department: Sch of Energy, Geosci, Infrast & Society
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Newton Fund
Starts: 01 November 2017 Ends: 31 March 2022 Value (£): 593,352
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
26 Jul 2017 UK India Reducing Energy Demand in the Built Environment Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
CEDRI is a consortium of expertise in sustainable buildings, power electronics, demand modelling and energy behaviours across Heriot-Watt University, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, IIT Bombay and the Tiruchirappalli National Institute of Technology. The project will, through the application of demand synthesis models to Indian case-studies, propose clear guidance for demand reduction/management in households to ensure future-resilient provision of electricity to Indian communities. The project sees a neglect of supply limitations as being a key risk that might hamper future demand reduction strategies.

Whilst many countries are seeing significant change in the use of energy in homes and the provision of that energy through local energy networks, the pace of change recorded in India is particularly notable. The "refresh" rate of the housing stock is high (with new build constituting a much higher percentage of the housing stock than many developed countries) and, simultaneously, the approach to delivering electricity to those homes is changing (e.g. the growth in distributed renewable generation, such as solar photovoltaics). If further change is to be planned amongst this already uncertain landscape, in the form of community-wide energy demand reduction strategies, then a full impact of such measures must be understood. Minimising cooling requirements, controlling/managing appliance loads and encouraging distributed generation should all be promoted in a way that i) is consistent and complementary to a functioning local electricity network and ii) relate to measures that are likely to be accepted across communities, rather than having only niche appeal.

The CEDRI project will allow for community electricity demand modelling through applied aggregation algorithms, converting small samples of individual building demand profiles into community-level profiles. After carrying out surveys and workshops with householders, the project will identify the demand-reducing measures likely to succeed in such regions (informed by real case-study communities and empirical data) and apply these to the community demand models to quantify potential impact. The ability of such changes to improve the local energy network will be fully investigated, such that measures deemed to successfully reduce total energy demand can be managed in a way that improves key characteristics of that network (such as frequency, voltage and peak demand). The project will therefore provide guidance that will ensure that approaches to demand reduction "co-evolve" with the methods used to supply electricity to residential communities, over future timescales that already have considerable levels of uncertainty.
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