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CANCELLED | Guest lecture Dr. Sara Walker | The potential for buildings as Virtual Power Plants

When:Th 02-04-2020 09:30 - 10:30
Where:5159.0291, Energy Academy Europe, Nijenborgh 6

This Guest-lecture is Cancelled!

This Guest lecture is hosted by the Center for Energy and Environmental Sciences - IVEM / ESRIG.

Title | The potential for buildings as Virtual Power Plants.

Abstract | The Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University is the focus of a research project carried out by researchers within the University’s School of Engineering. The aim of the research is to consider the potential for the building to offer flexibility to the local electricity network by reducing import from, or export to, the network at the point of connection. The building has 6 storeys, with 22 air handling units and 25 heat pumps. The Swegon Teal heat pumps have rated heating capabilities of 51.5kW to 112.3kW , and all are reversible aside from 3 roof mounted units which are configured for hot water heating only. The heat pump total capacity is 445.9kW. The research team is investigating heat pump, air handling units, lighting and lift loads and PV generation in order to understand the potential magnitude, speed and duration of demand response and other grid services the building can offer.

Urban Sciences Building
Urban Sciences Building
Dr. Sara Walker
Dr. Sara Walker

Biography | Dr Sara Walker has a BSc (Hons) Physics, an MSc in Environmental Science and a PhD in energy policy. She joined academia in 1996 at De Montfort University as a Research Associate, then Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, working on renewable energy technology and policy. In 2003 she moved to industry and joined IT Power as a Senior Energy Specialist, and in 2004 she joined Econnect Ltd as their Research and Development Manager.

In 2007 she moved back to academia, at Northumbria University, as Subject Director. In 2015 she joined Newcastle University as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, where she has been working on whole energy systems research. Dr Walker is now Associate Director of the Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), Deputy Director of the Supergen Energy Networks Hub and Academic Deputy Director of the Active Building Centre. She is a Reader in Energy with a portfolio of research projects of total value £68m, and Director of the new Centre for Energy at Newcastle University. She has authored or co-authored numerous journal and conference papers covering topics of renewables, building energy performance, impact of buildings/renewables on energy networks and energy policy.