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Towards Smart and Decarbonised University Campuses

Monday 6th July @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Energy Research Accelerator Partner Event: Towards Smart and Decarbonised University Campuses
2-4pm, 6th July.

This online event aims to bring together university and research institute estates and facilities staff with academics and industry working in this area to hear more about the current and future plans for university campuses in terms of the smart and decarbonised energy agendas.

It will include topics such as integration of renewables and novel technologies (including solar, hydrogen, fuel cells, heat pumps, etc.), energy storage, maintenance, replacement of energy infrastructure, energy efficiency and use of smart and responsive technologies, A specific focus will be on living lab opportunities in the energy area and the discussion will consider collaborative options for future developments. The event is planned as the first in a process to allow best practice exchange between participants and to identify potential areas of mutual interest.
The proposed agenda is as follows:

14.00-14.05: Introduction, Faye McAnulla, Project Director, Energy Research Accelerator

14.05-14.15: Opening address, University of Birmingham’s Director of Estates, Trevor Payne. Trevor will provide an overview of challenges his team face in energy provision and decarbonisation at Birmingham and the reasons for holding the meeting

14.15-14.25: Martin Freer, Director, Energy Research Accelerator. Martin will give an overview of the work or the Energy Research Accelerator partnership covering the R&D activities that it engages in with the partner universities which are relevant to campuses.

14.25-15.15: Short presentations from estate/sustainability representatives of partner universities.

15.15-15.55: Roundtable discussion.

This session will allow a conversation both between the various estate managers, but also participating research academics with interests in the area. Key questions we will try to explore in the roundtable include:
• What targets does your institution have at present and how challenging are they for you to meet both financially and technically?
• Are there benefits/opportunities of working at scale?
• Which technologies are available now or in the future for use on campuses to meet low carbon targets?
• How do you balance retro-fitting and maintenance issues with new buildings and technologies?
• What are the funding opportunities to support low carbon campus redevelopment in future?
• Are there opportunities to consider joint procurement across campuses?

15.55-16.00: Close

More information can be found here.


Monday 6th July
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm