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24 April 2007 PR 07/51

Loughborough University to recruit energy research volunteers

Loughborough University is hoping to recruit local volunteers to take part in a new project aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the home.

Climate change is a global problem and it is vital that everyone plays their part in trying to reduce carbon emissions. Increasing energy efficiency in the home and introducing domestic-scale renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines and solar panels, have a significant part to play in tackling climate change.

The University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) is leading an investigation into how electricity networks must evolve to accommodate growing environmental pressures to reduce energy use in the home.

To do this they are hoping to recruit 30 volunteers to take part in a 12-month study. Those taking part will be asked to complete a detailed energy use survey on their home and electrical appliances, and a high-resolution electricity meter will also be professionally installed next to the volunteer’s existing meter. This will be read automatically using mobile phone technology and will require no volunteer involvement.

Ian Richardson, who is based in CREST, is leading the project. He said: “The extra meter will provide us with data on the domestic electrical energy usage for the volunteers during each day of the study. This will enable us to build a detailed picture of power usage profiles, which in turn will help us to better understand the opportunities for increased energy efficiency in the home through the combination of demand side management and distributed energy generation.”

To take part in the study volunteers must be permanent residents of Loughborough and own their own home to enable an additional meter to be installed.

In return for their assistance CREST will provide volunteers with a detailed insight into their electrical energy usage. This will be a valuable tool in helping the volunteers to identify opportunities to become more energy efficient and to reduce their electricity bills.

For further information visit: http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~eliwr2/

Those interested in taking part should email energystudy@lboro.ac.uk or call 01509 228146.

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Notes for editors:

  1. CREST is part of the EPSRC SuperGen consortium on Highly Distributed Power Systems.
  2. The volunteer study is being conducted with the assistance of E.ON Power Technology and Energy Services who will manage the installation of the meters.
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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