Research group attends World Renewable Energy Congress

The Urban Energy Research Group (UERG), part of the School of the Built Environment's new Institute for Building and Urban Design, took part in the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) in Linköping, Sweden, last week.

This is the third time the Group has taken part in this congress, and by presenting eight papers over the five day congress, the profiles of the research group and the University have been successfully raised. The name Heriot-Watt was overheard a number of times as delegates discussed the events of the week, and the breaks between sessions gave the presenters a chance to talk through the research in greater detail with interested delegates.

About the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC)

WREC is an international event organised triennially by the World Renewable Energy Network, with over 70 countries represented through academic, industry and governmental delegates, who heard over 500 presentations spanning 15 key areas such as Sustainable Cities, Energy End-Use Efficiency, Policy Issues, Climate Change and Low Energy Architecture. It is estimated that the UERG presentations were seen by well over 100 people, a significant portion of the approximately 600 delegates.

About the Urban Energy Research Group (UERG)

The UERG, headed by Professor Phil Banfill, researches energy use in buildings using social science, engineering, economics and statistical approaches. The group has more than a dozen members, including PhD students, MSc project students, Research Associates and a Research Fellow, Dr David Jenkins.

The work presented at WREC included using probabilistic climate projections in building modelling, future overheating in buildings, energy demand profiles in schools, system dynamics analysis of the domestic energy market, industrial skills gaps for project energy experts, retrofitting buildings successfully, and modelling of historic homes.

Find out more

To find out more, visit the  Urban Energy Research Group website, and follow  @HWUrbanEnergy on Twitter.