We are pleased to announce that we are looking to fund research proposals for two new ‘Energy Demand Challenges’. The UK Research and Innovation Energy Programme, primarily via EPSRC and ESRC, are funding our work as part of the second phase of a strategy to support the broad community of researchers and innovators in energy demand in the UK.
The EPSRC’s recent call on End Use Energy Demand Technology refers to CREDS in a number of ways. It requires “research projects (to be) aligned to, but not duplicating, the aims and objectives of CREDS” and that proposals should “show a clear complementarity to the Centre and should include at least one investigator with direct links to the centre.”
The objective of the theme is to identify and analyse the opportunities for reducing energy demand in UK industry by bringing together novel energy and economy modelling approaches with a co-created programme of research with industry and government. The desired outcome of the research is a clear pathway for UK industry to reduce energy and emissions while recognising its role in the wider UK economy.
This sub-theme will develop research on flexibility on the basis of a thorough understanding of the contemporary timing of energy demand (domestic, non-domestic and in relation to the mobility of things and people). The projects are designed to understand how energy demand is bound up with the temporal rhythm of society and with what people do.