Increasing urban overheating risk from cooling decarbonisation by heat pumps
This eight month project was led by Professor Zhiwen Luo from the University of Cardiff.
This study uses the urban land surface model ‘Surface Urban Energy and Water Balance Scheme’ (SUEWS) and building energy simulation tool ‘EnergyPlus’ to explore the impacts of air-source heat pump cooling on both outdoor and indoor overheating risks within an idealised London neighbourhood setting under future climate scenarios.
The research focused on a UK detached house archetype with and without air-source heat pump. This dwelling is assumed to be occupied by an elderly couple present throughout the day. The modelled neighbourhood comprises identical houses covering a plan area fraction of 0.5. For the meteorological context, we employed UKCP09’s 2050 typical meteorological year weather data for London under a medium emissions scenario.
Other team members were: Dr Xiaoxiong Xie, Professor Carlos Ugalde-Loo, Cardiff University, Dr Matt Bailey-Ross, Plymouth University, Dr Xinfang Wang, Birmingham University and Professor Sue Grimmond, University of Reading
The final report can be found here: Cooling decarbonisation report
This eight month project was led by Dr Jacob Barnes from the University of Oxford. The Pump priming project examined how the UK market for residential heat pumps has developed in recent years, up until May 2023, and considers what is now required to accelerate heat pump deployment in the UK.
Other team members were: Dr Michael Taylor, Cardiff University and Dr Taru Silvonen , University of Bristol
The final report can be found here: Pump priming report
This six month project was led by Dr Lirong Liu from the University of Surrey using an economics informed optimisation model for future equitable decarbonised distributed heating systems, the team developed a practical model to understand how fuel poverty could be minimised in the UK whilst simultaneously delivering upon net-zero targets for home heating.
Other team members were: Dr Michael Short, Professor Matthew Leach and Dr Mona Chitnis
The final report can be found here: Heat4All Final report
This project has produced two journal publications.
There are 23 projects funded as part of the EPSRC Decarbonising Heat Programme. The first programme of 13 projects was funded in 2020 and the next is 2021. The total programme includes £30Million funding towards unlocking heat decarbonisation in the UK. The projects have all provided a brief introduction video and further links can be found within the project summary.