Smarter ideas for summertime cooling of buildings are among projects being researched through a new E.ON sponsored university professorship for innovative energy use at Loughborough University.

To steer the new groundbreaking research, a leading expert in buildings and their energy systems, Professor Dennis Loveday, has been appointed to the post which has been established under the Research Chair Scheme of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE).

The sponsorship of the Loughborough University Chair is a first for E.ON UK and part of the company’s multimillion R&D programme. The research programme focuses on developing new innovative ways of producing, distributing and using energy in a climate friendly way.

Bob Taylor, Managing Director of Energy Wholesale and Technology, said:

”Our sponsorship of the Loughborough University research chair is an exciting step for E.ON UK. The investment highlights E.ON’s commitment to changing energy and finding climate friendly solutions for generating and using energy today and tomorrow.

“Its also underlies our continuing support for Loughborough University and finding and nurturing tomorrow’s talent and expertise.”

Prof. Loveday's role is to provide leadership in research focused on the built environment and how energy can be used more efficiently. He will create a world-class team, including academic staff and students. The team will investigate innovations and technologies and develop their commercial potential in collaboration with industry.

Prof. Loveday said: “Collaboration between E.ON, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Loughborough University brings together outstanding expertise to help develop innovative low carbon energy solutions.

"Having the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in climate friendly technologies is also a tremendous recognition of Loughborough University’s capabilities in this vital field, together with those of the region as a whole.

"This exciting development fits closely with Loughborough University's research strategy and will enhance our ability to attract the best researchers and thinkers, so that we achieve a capability that is recognised in the UK and worldwide as one of the focal points of low carbon energy research for the future."

The research programme will last five years and during the first 12 months will focus on low energy cooling for buildings with two of the projects involving an innovative cooling system installed in ceilings and the use of natural ventilation to control house temperatures.

Other themes are integration of renewable energy into buildings, IT and intelligent controls for buildings and the impact of climate change on building design, occupier comfort and energy demand.

Rob Barrett, Manager of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Programme, commented: "The Academy is delighted to be supporting this important area of research and it coincides with one of our initiatives to provide engineering-led advice on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from energy production and usage, and the sustainability of both."

Press release from e.on UK

Notes for editors

  1. E.ON UK is the UK’s largest integrated power and gas company – generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas – and is part of the E.ON group, the world’s largest private sector energy services company;
  2. E.ON’s Technology Centre, based in Nottingham, leads the company’s multi-million pound low carbon R&D programme developing climate friendly, cutting-edge energy solutions for tomorrow’s energy needs;
  3. We are investing £50 million in new technologies and approaches over the next 5 years, through the Energy Technologies Institute;
  4. We plan to spend £1bn on new renewables in the next five years, including new onshore and offshore wind, new biomass and wave and tidal power;
  5. E.ON has a target to cut its carbon released by each kW of electricity it generate by 10% between 2005-2012, having already reduced it by 20% since 1990.
  6. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  7. Loughborough University is one of the country's leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement. It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group - a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities - and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK's top recruiters.

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