EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

George Dawes

Student
Loughborough University
RoleDoctoral Researcher

George graduated from the University of Sheffield with a bachelors of science in physics (2019) and a masters of science in energy engineering with industrial management (2020). He joined the ERBE CDT EPSRC programme this year.

Having completed work placements in various parts of energy engineering with companies such as E.ON UK, EDF and AMCO-Giffen, he has developed a passion for understanding the complexity of energy systems. His MSc project focussed on the use of agent-based modelling techniques to simulate a district heat network. This work set the basis for his continued research into the dynamic modelling of multi-vector energy and heating systems.

Research interests:

  • Multi-vector energy systems
  • Predicting heat & power demands
  • City & district-scale energy system dynamics
  • Modelling microgrids

George’s interest in engineering extends beyond the academic, as a co-founder of an innovative digital start-up, he is interested in the commercial and industrial impacts of academic work in this area. The proposed PhD project aims to expand the work previously completed on heat integration, scaling the work from the micro-environment (e.g. appliance-level) to the macro-environment (e.g. regional network level). The project will include the application of chemical engineering analysis techniques and mathematical programming to provide answers to issues surrounding the utilisation of building energy. The focus will be on crossovers between heat and power as resources. This new approach to HI includes modelling the integration and interaction of low-carbon heating technologies such as district heating networks, heat pumps and hydrogen/biogas mixing in a gas network – alongside the introduction of thermal storage (both home and industrial scale).

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