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20 July 2010 | PR 10/117

Loughborough University leads energy research in Europe

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Loughborough University is leading a major project examining how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can help boost energy efficiency across Europe.

The €1.8 million REViSITE (Roadmap Enabling Vision and Strategy for ICT-enabled Energy Efficiency) project is being funded by the European Commission and will draw on the expertise of several key research and industry organisations.

The project will study the interfaces between buildings, power grids, lighting and manufacturing; and assess the impact of ICT on energy efficiency for these sectors.  It will also shape the European strategic research agenda of ICT for energy efficiency (ICT4EE).

REViSITE is being led by Loughborough University’s Professor of Construction Informatics Tarek Hassan, from the Department of Civil and Building Engineering.  The other project partners include Intel (Ireland), VTT (Finland), Fraunhofer (Germany), KEMA (Netherlands), CSTB (France) and INNOVA S.p.A (Italy).

Speaking about the project Professor Hassan said: “I am delighted that our research team at Loughborough is driving such an important initiative.  REViSITE is expected to provide a significant contribution towards achieving the European 20-20-20 strategy.  This sets out a target for EU member states to slash their collective greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20%, boost their share of renewable energy to 20% of their total energy consumption and reduce their primary energy use by 20% compared with projected levels by 2020.  ICT is expected to have a significant impact on achieving these targets.”

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  1. An image to accompany the press release is available from the Public Relations Office.  When using this image the following copyright must be used: © V.Yakobchuk - Fotolia.com
  2. For more detailed information on the REViSITE project visit www.revisite.eu
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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