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Tyndall Manchester


The next Tyndall Manchester seminar will take place on Thursday 20 June at 1pm.

Buildings as Power Plants: The role of buildings as active components in our future energy networks

Dr Sara Walker, Newcastle University

Using a campus building as a case study, we considered the potential for the building to offer flexibility to the local electricity network by reducing import from the network at the point of connection.

The first stage of research was a building load audit, and building energy model. This enabled the researchers to understand which loads had flexibility based on the user need being serviced, and the modelled response of the building if that load was to be controlled in a way to offer flexibility. The research has identified that, over 24 hours, on average the building can offer between 14% and 46% electrical demand reduction. We then looked at the network response to that flexibility, as well as the potential market value. Local network markets for flexibility do not currently exist, but based on national markets a revenue of £20,000/year was estimated, 14% of the annual energy bill.

Speaker biography

Dr Sara Walker is Director of Infrastructure Research at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University. She is interested in the active role of the urban environment and buildings in the energy sector, particularly low-energy and low-carbon buildings, building-scale renewables, small scale energy storage, and electric vehicle charging/discharging load profiles.

The seminar will take place in room C21, in the Pariser Building on Sackville Street- building 12 on the interactive map.

Please RSVP, or contact Amrita with any queries-