The aim of LoT-NET is to prove a cost-effective near-zero emissions solution for heating and cooling that realises the huge potential of waste heat and renewable energies by utilising a combination of a low-cost low-loss flexible heat distribution network together with novel input, output and storage technologies. Building on the development of 5th generation low temperature heat networks, Ulster University will develop a combined heat pump/organic Rankine Cycle for either heat to power or power to heat applications through its unique reversible characteristics. Cycle simplification and understanding compressor abilities to operate as a pump (ORC mode) leaving the turbine/expander to operate in one direction will facilitate maximum flexibility between combined (thermal/electricity) energy systems and will focus on turbine/expander and compressor/pump development.
Methodology: High temperature applications (new working fluids and compressor lubrication strategies) and reversible heat pump/Organic Rankine Cycle will require a new test facility addressing compressor/turbine development and flexibility through compressor/pump and expander/turbine operations).
This project is funded by: UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-net
Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)
The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.
UU Scholarship for EPSRC Lot-NET
Friday 21 June 2019
28 June 2019
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