Centre for Sustainable Technologies

Submitted by neil_james_hewitt on Mon, 07/22/2019 - 11:59

Ulster’s energy research Large Scale Energy System Analysis Eclipse developed by the University of Ulster is a techno-economic software tool utilising a mass-energy balance to determine capital costs and operating costs based on energy outputs, fuel costs and component costs. Electricity market modelling and simulation software that use for example stochastic optimisation techniques to integrate generation dispatch, unit commitment, optimal power flow and pricing simulations is utilised. Other models are used to determine the economic analysis of different energy related systems at a country scale over a period of usually of 40 to 50 years and LCA techniques are used for a range of future decarbonisation of electric power and industrial processes. Renewable Energy Bioenergy: Downdraft gasification, small scale anaerobic digestion and bio-oils are supported by a range of analysis tools to ascertain fuel quality, ash components, gases and energy. Solar Energy: A state-of-the-art simulator supports developments in PV concentrators and novel solar thermal energy storage. Optical characterisation delivers performance improvements. Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry and Advanced Vacuum Glazing: A low U-value vacuum gazed product with a metal edge seal is utilised both directly and as part of a standard double glazed unit to improve the thermal performance of buildings. Specially developed manufacturing and testing processes are also being used to advance new vacuum glazing based solar energy devices. High Temperature Heat Pumps: Air source heat pumps with novel compressors are developed that displace conventional boiler-driven hot water space heating systems thus reducing running costs and CO2 emissions. New working fluids and systems are also developed for industrial waste heat upgrading. Low Carbon Retrofit Test Houses: Local families live in heavily instrumented test houses that assess techno-socio-economic impacts of new technologies to reduce domestic energy costs. Energy Storage and Demand Side Management Thermal Storage Materials: Thermal storage for PV thermal management, solar thermal energy and heat pumps is developed using a range of heat exchange concepts that complement demand side management principles supporting larger scale renewable energy integration. Batteries for Distributed Energy Resources are under testing

Disciplines

Energy
Keywords
Heat Pumps
Solar Energy
Techno-economic and LCA modelling
Biomass and Bioenergy
Building energy efficiency and Building Physics

 

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