Research into energy demand in a changing climate

Heriot-Watt researchers have won £388k funding from Research Council's UK's Adaptation & Resilience to Climate Change programme to do work as part of the ARIES project (Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems).

The research team from the Urban Energy Research Group (School of the Built Environment) includes Professor Phil Banfill and Dr David Jenkins, with Professor Gavin Gibson and Dr Sandhya Patidar (School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences). The team will study the likely changes in the built environment's demands for energy as a result of climate change up to 2080.

A collaborative project with the Institute of Energy Systems and the Centre for Earth System Dynamics at the University of Edinburgh, worth £1.1m in total, ARIES will deliver a risk framework to manage the resilience of the UK's energy system to climate change, looking at both supply and demand in the context of the move towards a low carbon future.

Expressing his delight at this success, Phil Banfill commented that this work will exploit the group's expertise in building energy demand modelling and the use of the UKCP09 climate projections.