Design School

Research

Improving domestic hot water provision

Group: User Centred Design

Project: Small Smart Sustainable Systems for Future Domestic Hot Water (4S-DHW)

2016 - 2019

£1.25m

Dr Victoria Haines

Overview

New dwellings are no longer built to include a large hot water tank, with the preference being for smaller combination boilers.  Current heat pump technology, which is more energy efficient than the current solutions, is too large to take the place of 'combi' boilers, as well as lacking the facility for 'instant' hot water which consumers expect.  The team aim to develop a suite of heat pump/storage/control technologies, using either electricity or gas, that function without conventional storage cylinders and can deliver energy efficient affordable hot water to a wide range of dwellings well into the future. 

Contact Dr Victoria Haines for more information.