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Research Topics

Building Market Transformation

Noise surveys

Daylight utilisation

Hybrid photovoltaics

Advanced glazing

Embedded generation

Mould growth alleviation

Energy monitoring & targeting

Clean combustion

Control systems

Web-based learning

Intelligent interfaces

Performance appraisal

Program validation

Ducted wind turbines

Hydro, wave & tidal power

Clean combustion

The Lighthouse building

Integrated performance simulation

Power flow modelling


HVAC primitive parts

Indoor air quality

Product modelling

Modelling uncertainty

Internet energy services

Smart Homes

Energy efficiency

Research within ESRU is concerned with the development and testing of new technologies and methods for energy utilisation and supply, and the evolution of computational tools to assist designers in their attempts to devise clean and sustainable overall solutions.

Our research goals include:

  • improving the accuracy of the mathematical models and numerical methods used to represent heat, mass, light and power flow;
  • applying simulation to optimise energy component and system performance, and promote energy efficiency measures;
  • evolving software engineering techniques that increase researcher efficiency and program robustness;
  • improving confidence in predictions through the development of program validation, calibration and accreditation procedures; and
  • constructing knowledge-based design support environments to enable application interoperability and effective team working.

Our dissemination goals include:

  • establishing simulation as a core teaching technology within undergraduate and postgraduate courses;
  • extending, through consultancy and Open Source licensing arrangements, the power of simulation to the design profession; and
  • fostering the uptake of a computational approach to energy systems design through practitioner training activities.