Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region

Project Aims

  • Identify new and emerging low carbon technologies that can be integrated into a systems based approach
  • Explore combinations of technologies that will allow for a low carbon systems based approach
  • Investigate the implementation of a systems based approach within case studies at different scales, including, building and community (including industry parks), working with industrial and other partners
  • Investigate the potential for large scale roll out of the systems through city / local authority scale modelling
  • Investigate the support structures required for implementation e.g. skills, training, policies, behaviour and supply chains and facilitate their implementation via WEST and BEST

Low carbon technologies can be applied over a range of scales. This project will consider scales, from building to community to local authority. The systems based approach will consider a combination of energy demand, storage and supply technologies integrated into specific applications.

Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region (SOLCER) will focus on combining low carbon technologies within each part of a system from renewable energy supply to appropriate storage to efficient, reduced demand. It will analyse the processes that enable the implementation of a systems based approach through a series of case studies.

SOLCER will help energy users to evaluate appropriate solutions with regards to energy supply, storage and demand. This will assist with reducing carbon emissions, providing a more secure energy supply system, whilst providing opportunities for developing a stronger low carbon industry in Wales.

The SOLCER project will provide training material and opportunities for both the Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST) project and the Built Environment Sustainability Training (BEST) programme, enabling industrial research to be disseminated through both traditional education streams and to industry through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Research Areas

  • The SOLCER project will review the research findings of the LCRI Convergence Energy Programme in relation to low carbon technologies that are available for immediate implementation. Other related technologies external to LCRI will also be reviewed in terms of their potential to combine with the LCRI-researched technologies
  • Develop Systems Matrix - A range of ‘concept’ systems will be designed at a building, community and urban scale. Each system will address aspects of demand, supply and storage. Issues associated with performance cost, skills, end users, risk and accreditation will be addressed
  • System Design - A selected set of ‘operational’ systems will be designed to be applied in the “real world” and / or for computer simulation testing
  • Selected systems will be manufactured and implemented in the ‘real world’ together with complex computer simulation which will allow for the potential performance ‘in use’ to be investigated. the time scale of the project and future replicability. Some initial projects will be considered and scoped:

Project 1: Electricity use in housing

Project 2: LED / Solar systems in offices

Project 3: Solar Thermal Wall / Storage in industrial units

Project 4: Integrated industrial scale renewable supply on industrial unit sites

  • The potential for applying these systems more widely will then be explored at a city/transmission grid scale using modelling developed within the LCRI Convergence Energy Programme
  • The Low Carbon Systems Matrix together with detailed case study projects will be presented at specialist workshops to convergence area enterprises to demonstrate the benefits of working with systems rather than components whilst working directly with these organisations to identify how the systems based approach can be implemented in practice. It will also be presented at the annual LCRI conferences and will publicised through technical and trade journals and within international research journals

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Contact Details

Key contact:

Joanne Patterson
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region staff