Major EU research grant for advanced energy technology project

Friday, 29 May 2015

Horizon 2020

The Low Carbon Building Group (LCB) of Oxford Brookes’ School of Architecture and Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development is in the process of helping to secure a major €3.56 million research grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The funding is for a major international project on achieving Net Zero and Positive Energy settlements in Europe using advanced energy technology.

Co-ordinated by the University of Athens, the Zero Plus research project will take place over four years.  Eight countries will be involved including the UK, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Israel, Switzerland and Cyprus.

The cutting-edge research project will develop and test a cost-effective mass-produced system composed of innovative solutions for the building envelope, energy generation and energy management at the settlement level, to enable the transition from individual near zero energy buildings to near zero and positive energy settlements, in which energy loads and resources are optimally managed.

The project will provide excellent opportunities to further enhance the international profile of our research and build international collaborations with world-leading researchers.

Professor Rajat Gupta, Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, Oxford Brookes University

One of the main objectives of the project will be to develop a system which ensures investment costs will be at least 16 per cent lower than current costs.

The solutions will be demonstrated in varying climates and building types across the EU where results will be monitored and analysed. The project will be carried out by a consortium that includes universities, project owners, technology providers and organisations, which will closely collaborate throughout the project phases.

Oxford Brookes will play a significant role in the project working with Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and British Gas, to demonstrate and monitor the innovative solutions in housing case studies in the UK.

Professor Rajat Gupta, Principal Investigator from Oxford Brookes University and Director of LCB group said: “The Zero Plus project will undertake cutting-edge research on developing, implementing and testing innovative and cost-effective solutions for achieving net zero and positive energy settlements in four different demonstrations projects throughout the EU.

“The project will provide excellent opportunities to further enhance the international profile of our research and build international collaborations with world-leading researchers.”