The University of Nottingham has received £1.3m to develop a novel, low-carbon energy storage system to supply cheap, on-demand heat for people living and working in UK neighbourhoods.
The technology will help to decarbonise the buildings sector, while also addressing issues of fuel poverty and pollution.
The project aims to overcome technical challenges that currently limit the capabilities of conventional thermochemical energy storage systems. Simultaneously, the researchers will investigate social, economic, environmental barriers that prevent the uptake of community-based heat networks in the UK.
Once tested and operational, a pilot model of the new thermochemical energy storage system will be connected to a small-scale district heating network already in operation at the Creative Energy Homes complex at the University of Nottingham. This test-bed demonstrator, which represents about five or six buildings on University Park campus, will then be evaluated for effectiveness and performance.
Nottingham City Council is a key partner on this project. With the City aiming to be carbon neutral by 2028, the Council is keen to understand whether the prototype could be adopted on its District Heat Network. Gathering statistical data from real-life communities that evaluates the effectiveness of the technology is vital to deliver a
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