Seminar Series Schedule

Pilot Series
 Date Speaker Topic/Working Title Venue 
2nd Jul 2014            Dr Vijay Pakka and Richard Snape

Agent-Based Modelling of Smart Grids: From Markets to Active demand, Grid control and Adoption of technology

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10th Sep 2014              Dr Graeme Stuart     

Smart spaces and the Discourse Forum
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Seminar Series Dates
Date Speaker  Topic/Working TitleVenue 
 19th Nov 2014  Dr Mark Lemon and Andy Stephenson        

The path to low cost - low energy social housing? 

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This presentation will give an outline of the work carried out in the Square Mile and the Knowledge Exchange partnership with EMH homes. The presentation will discuss the development of house archetypes and user groups were carried out to enable the assessment of the relevant improvements to properties to be carried out to ensure energy bills are reduced making the property affordable to live in.  The presentation will also discuss the monitoring project currently under way with EMH homes which is the largest of its kind in the UK at present. It will highlight the problems and issues in putting together such a project; and what is hoped to be gained from it.

 10th Dec 2014   Dr Simon Rees                                

Domestic Geothermal Heat Pumps in the UK - The story so far

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This seminar will present the findings of a recent analysis of the deployment of domestic ground source (geothermal) heat pumps in the UK in the period 1995-2013. An analysis of the various support programmes that have been implemented in this period and their impact on the deployment of this technology and consequential growth of the installation industry will be discussed. The conclusions of the series of national field trials and more recent RHPP monitoring programmes will be presented and prospects for further growth and technology development discussed.

21st Jan 2015                 Dr Rick Greenough and Sanober Khattak     

Modelling for Industrial Sustainability  
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Resource Efficient Manufacturing
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18th Feb 2015   Dr Andrew Reeves and Andrew Mitchell Community Sustainability Initiatives
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Sustainability Initiatives as Learning Processes
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18th Mar 2015           Dr Matt Cook (Visiting presenter)

Implementing Product Service Systems as part of Sustainable City Initiatives


While traditionally products have formed the focus of sustainable design, product service systems (PSS) are now viewed as equally valid. PSS meet demands for functionality which are often met by products but potentially use far fewer resources to do so. However, despite their potential to significantly improve environmental performance, PSS are not widely implemented in contexts other than business to business markets. Thus the opportunities PSS may provide to help society move toward more sustainable futures are being lost. In this seminar I therefore explore this implementation challenge. Given global urbanisation and increasing affluence I explore PSS implementation in urban environments such as cities. I present a case study of Copenhagen’s new city bike scheme - a use orientated PSS. Insights generated from this suggest that PSS implementation in urban environments is far from unachievable. However, they also challenge the utility of methods and concepts to assist PSS implementation in urban contexts. In conclusion, I argue that PSS research is dominated by sustainable engineering discourses and that the field needs to be open to a plurality of approaches including most notably, those from sustainable design.

22nd Apr 2015   Dr Rupert Gammon

Demand Shaping


This is the concept of shaping energy demand to accommodate variations in power supply, which will be increasingly needed as we move towards a low-carbon economy.  It requires a radical shift from the conventional practice in electricity networks of power generation simply following demand variations, which is comparatively easy in a system dominated by thermal plant.  Demand Shaping takes the discussion beyond the power sector into heat and transport sectors and so my presentation will encompass fields such as  energy storage, mini-grids, hydrogen, fuel cells, electric vehicles and smart cities.

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19th May 2015 Samuel Baumeister

Manufacturing Reference Scenarios (MRS)

Samuel works with Rick Greenough and Ivan Korolija (IESD) on the REEMAIN project and the purpose of the seminar is to disseminate preliminary findings on manufacturing reference scenarios. The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Which influence parameters/impacts are important
  • Relationship between these parameters
  • Development of a methodology to create/calculate scores Target of the MRS (measuring and comparison)

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20th May 2015    Dr Subhes Bhattarchanya

OASYS South Asia Project: Experience and Lessons


Since October 2009, OASYS South Asia project has looked into the issue of off-grid electrification in South Asia through academic and action research. It has investigated the mini-grids for local level electrification considering techno-economic, governance, social and environmental issues and examined the scaling-up and replication challenges. The project has carried out demonstration activities in India using different delivery models. In this talk, Subhes will provide an overview of the project, indicate the main outcomes and share the key lessons. 
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Portland 00.04  
17th Jun 2015      


Dr Chris Oxley            

How thermal imaging helps in the design of electronic devices


The packing density (integrated circuits) and RF output power density (microwave devices) are both increasing leading to higher junction temperatures and reduced reliability. Knowledge of the junction temperature is of paramount importance but is difficult to measure or compute due to the complexity of device topology, materials, and interfaces. Methods of thermal measurement will be introduced leading to the use of infra-red (ir) microscopy for thermal measurement. The advantages and limitations of ir microscopy will be described as well as novel techniques to improve the measurement capability and its application to measure the junction temperature of different electronic devices. The temperature measurement techniques are required in the development of new thermal management strategies to improve device reliability/sustainability.

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29th Jul 2015 Ruth Kelly Waskett

Smart glazing: The future of glass architecture?


During the past decade, several exciting new glazing materials have emerged onto the market, which are capable of changing their optical properties dynamically in response to an external stimulus - often referred to as "smart glazing" materials. In this seminar, Ruth will give a brief overview of the main types of smart glazing materials, and then go on to describe her PhD research study - a case study of a glazing retrofit on DMU's campus.

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PhD Project Update Dates: 

Date  Topic/Working Title  Venue
 26th Nov 2014 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
17th Dec 2014 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
28th Jan 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
25th Feb 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
25th Mar 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
29th Apr 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates Portland 00.04
27th May 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
24th Jun 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14
29th Jul 2015 Ph.D. Project Updates QB 0.14


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