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

Matthew Kerr

Student
Loughborough University
RoleDoctoral Researcher

Assessing the Energy Flexibility Potential of UK Building Energy Systems

I graduated in 2016 from the University of Glasgow with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics. During my degree I completed a project with a local heat pump manufacturer to assess the potential for a water source heat pump in the River Clyde to provide heating to a local hospital. This project sparked my initial interest in sustainability and the built environment. Following my undergraduate degree, I worked in the Aerospace Industry first as a Programme Manager and then as a Process Engineer.

I joined the ERBE CDT because I want to apply my technical skills to improving the environment and helping the UK to meet its net-zero 2050 emissions target. My particular interest is in energy system flexibility and using intelligent, data driven models to help balance the grid as the mix of renewable energy generators increases. Currently my research project is focused on assessing how suitable the UK’s current building energy systems are to operate flexibly and modelling ways in which demand side response can be delivered in practice.

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