Research Themes

Building Performance and Simulation (BPS)

The Building Performance and Simulation theme focuses on the development and implementation of technologies that improve our new and existing built environments, bring comfort to occupants and provide energy savings with efficiency and rational use of resources. 

These technologies are mainly studied for performance through the use of advanced modelling packages for the different aspects involved (energy, daylight, thermal comfort) in order to benchmark and inform researchers, specialized clients and the general public on the most convenient solutions for each case.

Our research also contributes to the examination of the effectiveness of resilience measures and the opportunities available in the different stages of a whole building. This will lead to a better understanding of sustainability and future energy use. The group also deals with the understanding of appropriate construction methods for energy improvement in both contemporary and traditional buildings.

Building Performance and Simulation’s current research portfolio can be found here.

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Integrated Energy Services (IES)

This theme focuses on the innovations in energy services and business models for the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors and associated policy assessment with a focus on energy efficiency, sustainability and decarbonisation of the nationwide power system.

The research performed in this theme concerns the analysis of the competing technologies enabling energy efficiency, the cost-effective energy supply, the demand side management as well as the understanding of the market landscape and the stakeholder’s behaviour.

This is achieved through competencies in the techno-economic modelling of the technology, the energy auditing, by performing comparative studies and pilot demonstrations of emerging technologies, developing new business models and contractual templates to enhance the performances of smart energy services and to foster their adoption across the various sectors.

Integrated Energy Services’ current research portfolio can be found here.

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Software & Systems Integration

As energy systems become increasing complex software and system integration is becoming a fundamental building block of a decarbonized economy. The Software and System Integration theme at IERC aims to create innovative concepts and develop state-of-the-art solutions to enable the energy system of the future. Researchers in this themes utilise software engineering, artificial intelligence, big data analysis, blockchain technologies to enable digital solutions to decarbonise society. This includes the development of disruptive technology platforms for the electricity sector where consumers and communities will be empowered with the necessary infrastructure to generate their own electricity, earn from the electricity generation, and finally, to be an integral part of decarbonizing their homes and communities for sustainable living. Digital technologies underpin powerful BIM management system with BIM-based toolset able to support designers in the design and planning phase, construction companies to efficiently carry out the work and service companies to provide attractive solutions for building retrofitting and decarbonise the building sector.

Software & Systems Integration’s current research portfolio can be found here.

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Embedded and Distributed Generation systems (EDGE)

The core objective of researchers within the embedded and distribution generation system (EDGE) theme is the development of innovative solutions towards the decarbonisation of smarter power systems powered by 100% renewable generation and supporting the decarbonisation of heat and transport.  

Low and zero carbon distributed generation technologies can often be deployed at the community or building level, local to the point of use. These can be isolated or often be connected to the low/medium voltage electrical distribution network via power electronics converters. Depending on the capacity, placement, integration and control techniques they can be proposed in many forms such as microgeneration, microgrids, community grid or microgid, local energy systems, local energy networks, virtual power plant etc. However, due to the uncontrollable nature of variable renewables and the bi-directional power flow in the distribution network, high penetration of clean energy depends on intelligent and efficient energy management and control at every level starting from the end-user up to the distribution network operator. These are then introduced significant challenges for national electricity supply systems while bringing significant opportunities to the end-users. Introducing energy storage systems, intelligent energy systems integration and demand-side management techniques are also playing important role in the overall network stability and power quality improvement towards the decarbonisation of the distribution system.

Embedded and Distribution Generation System’s current research portfolio can be found here.

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