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1 June 2011 | PR 11/65

Radiator control system could slash domestic fuel bills

A new radiator control system, developed by Loughborough University’s computer scientists, could one day reduce a family’s domestic energy use by 40 per cent.

The invention, which reached the finals of a national innovation competition, would enable homeowners to adjust their radiators remotely.

The innovation was selected as one of 23 innovation future zone finalists in a competition organised by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) as part of the Ecobuild 2011 event.

Professor Shuang-Hua Yang, principal investigator of the project from Loughborough’s Department of Computer Science, said: “This innovation aims to reduce domestic energy use for every family home in the UK by 40%. 

“Not only will this be better for the environment by reducing carbon emission at home, it will also help homeowners to significantly reduce their energy bills.”

The innovation features novel wireless communication, intelligent control algorithm and energy scavenging technology.
The wireless radiator control could be retrofitted and linked into an existing wireless network – enabling homeowners to control their domestic radiators from a laptop or computer at work.

The free-standing control could also be set to operate independently, adjusting the radiator’s temperature in response to heat sensors in a room.

Radiators are one of several home appliances which could be remotely controlled with the indeedNET home automation system, which would enable people to adjust lighting, heating, security systems and cameras in their homes.

The innovation came from two consecutive projects funded by the Department for Trade and Industry and the Carbon Connections respectively.

Academics are discussing potential collaboration with industrial partners and receiving support from Loughborough University’s Enterprise Office.

For more details, contact Prof Shuang-Hua Yang at s.h.yang@lboro.ac.uk


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Notes for editors:

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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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