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EPSRC Reference: EP/T022906/1
Title: A Network for Heating and Cooling Research to Enable a Net-Zero Carbon Future (H+C Zero Network)
Principal Investigator: Smallbone, Dr AJ
Other Investigators:
Gluyas, Professor J Fawcett, Dr T Burluka, Professor A
Peacock, Dr A Jenkins, Professor DP Adams, Dr C
Tassou, Professor S Taylor, Professor P Bao, Dr H
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr J Ling Chin
Project Partners:
AGFW (Energy Efficiency Association) Agility Eco Services Ltd Association for Decentralised Energy
CIEMAT (Ctr for Energy, Env & Tech Res) Confederation of Paper Industries Dept for Bus, Energy & Ind Strat (BEIS)
Durham County Council E.ON Energy Solutions Ltd Energy Networks Association
Energy Systems Catapult Euroheat & Power European Energy Research Alliance AISBL
GE (General Electric Company) GT Energy UK Ltd Heat Pump Association
Institute of Materials Kensa Group Ltd Leuphana University
Mineral Products Association Nanyang Technological University Narec Distributed Energy
National Institute of Technology Karnata Nestle UK Ltd NMAM Institute of Technology
North East Process Industry ClusterNEPIC Power Roll Limited Royal Academy of Engineering
Shanghai Jiao Tong University SINTEF Energi AS (Energy Research) Star Refrigeration Ltd
Tata Steel The Chartered Institute of Building The Climate Change Committee
University of Sheffield
Department: Engineering
Organisation: Durham, University of
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2020 Ends: 30 September 2024 Value (£): 1,159,698
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency Sustainable Energy Networks
Sustainable Energy Vectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
13 Feb 2020 Decarbonising Heat Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Decarbonising both heating and cooling across residential, business and industry sectors is fundamental to delivering the recently announced net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets. Such a monumental change to this sector can only be delivered through the collective advancement of science, engineering and technology combined with prudent planning, demand management and effective policy.

The aim of the proposed H+C Zero Network will be to facilitate this through funded workshops, conferences and secondments which in combination will enable researchers, technology developers, managers, policymakers and funders to come together to share their progress, new knowledge and experiences. It will also directly impact on this through a series of research funding calls which will offer seed funding to address key technical, economic, social, environmental and policy challenges.

The proposed Network will focus on the following five themes which are essential for decarbonising heating and cooling effectively:

Theme 1 Primary engineering technologies and systems for decarbonisation

Theme 2 Underpinning technologies, materials, control, retrofit and infrastructure

Theme 3 Future energy systems and economics

Theme 4 Social impact and end users' perspectives

Theme 5 Policy Support and leadership for the transition to net-zero
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