Achieving the UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050 in a warming climate requires development and adoption of cooling technologies which can take advantage of renewable energy sources.
Radiant Cooling Systems (RCS), which could be coupled to reversible heat pumps powered by renewable electricity, could provide an energy efficient cooling system in the homes of the future. RCS could also enhance occupants’ comfort by avoiding draught, noise and dehumidifying effects of conventional air-conditioning units.
Despite the advantages, condensation caused by humidity is a limiting factor for the cooling capacity of RCS and could be a key challenge to the widespread adoption of radiant cooling.
This project will investigate the performance of RCS coupled to reversible heat pumps for achieving thermal comfort in UK domestic buildings. The project aims to identify key design challenges and explore control strategies for optimised operation of domestic RCS coupled to reversible heat pumps. The research will use Loughborough University’s full scale test houses with synthetic occupancy and the latest dynamic thermal modelling software.
The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.
Dr Arash Beizaee
12th July 2020
Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, psychology, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.
If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be at least £15,285 (exact amount to be confirmed).
We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.
How to apply
Please click here to apply. This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal. In your application quote reference: ERBE20. Mention the Project Title in your application.