Energy Demand & Supply is heavily influenced by the built environment. Buildings are responsible for both half of all energy consumed and half of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. The requirement to reduce energy consumption is driven by the need to reduce carbon emissions as well as energy bills and the continued reliance on overseas energy supply. The challenge is not necessarily to develop new products and systems but often to use the right products and systems but often to use the right products in the most appropriate way.
The MBE KTN is working with its members to identify key innovations and facilitate their effective implementation in the area of energy and carbon efficiency.
Lower Carbon Products
Consultation with industry has identified Lower Carbon Products and their control systems as one of the greatest challenges in this area. As a significant contributor to achieving energy and carbon efficiency, the MBE KTN will focus upon identifying shortfalls in current products to either stimulate new product development of optimised control and usage. Key areas for innovation include lighting, positive air flow and heating systems.
Lower Carbon Energy Supply
Low carbon energy and renewable energy generation technologies, such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind energy and biomass offer significant potential to meet the UK's environmental and economic policy objectives so emphasis will be placed on effective integration with buildings.
There is a real need to improve the systems that manage the heating, cooling and lighting to deliver fully integrated and optimised building performance. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the short falls with current systems and driving improvements.