ERBE CDT will train future leaders and innovators in the field of energy and the built environment.
The energy system is undergoing a major transition. Low carbon energy sources have an increasing role to play, accommodating them requires new flexibility in the system, and the relationship between energy supply and demand is no longer one-way.
This interaction of people, buildings and energy systems will transform the relationship between supply and demand. Our domestic and non-domestic buildings will no longer be passive consumers of heat and power; instead, our homes and businesses will participate actively in a flexible, integrated, low-carbon supply and demand system that includes buying, selling and storing heat and power. To implement this vision, we need people with a deep understanding of building physics, low-zero carbon technologies and the socio-technical context, to lead and drive change in government, industry, NGOs and academia.
The new EPSRC CDT in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) brings together established energy research centres at Loughborough University (LU) and University College London (UCL) with the Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre. Loughborough and UCL will train at least 50 PhD students through a programme of energy demand research in a whole energy system context.
We build on a decade of experience of high-quality doctoral training to provide a bespoke new PhD programme, including: opportunities to work with leading researchers, projects integrated with industry and a comprehensive skills and development programme. We are centred firmly within the UK’s energy research landscape and so all PhDs will have the opportunity to undertake significant, impactful research.
After a successful recruitment process, the following projects will be running during the 2019-20 academic year. For news about projects running in 2020-21, follow ERBE on Twitter.