Energy Research: Lower Carbon Futures
To move towards a lower carbon economy, we must understand the links between behaviour, technologies, policy formulation and markets. We have concentrated our research on energy at home and for personal transport, but we are increasingly working on broader issues, including infrastructures of energy supply and demand, governance, and the role of professions in constructing and managing buildings. Read more about how we work.
Energy, Behaviour and Society
Energy in Buildings
The energy in buildings theme encompasses work on low energy buildings and appliances, low-carbon housing refurbishment and energy management.
Energy and Monitoring
Our energy and monitoring theme aims to make energy and environmental monitoring cheaper and more accessible through the use of our in-house designed monitoring sensors which deliver real-time monitoring of environmental and energy variables.
Energy and Transport
Research on energy and transport focuses on social and technological changes in transport, such as revitalising walking and cycling, low carbon vehicles and biofuels.
Infrastructure and Smart Grids
The infrastructure and smart grids research theme looks at the dynamics of national infrastructure and distributed energy resources (smart grids).
Policy, Equity, Security and Fuel Poverty
The policy, equity, security and fuel poverty theme investigates practices, supply chain, governance and policy related to energy systems, as well as carbon markets and futures analysis. ECI has also conducted extensive research on fuel poverty.
The renewable energy work at ECI includes research on small scale energy generation.
- Byers, E.A., Gasparatos, A. and Serrenho, A.C. (2015) A framework for the exergy analysis of future transport pathways: Application for the United Kingdom transport system 2010–2050. Energy.
- Killip, G., Eyre, N., Brand, C. and Patrick, J. (2015) Making the local economic case for low carbon – an Oxfordshire case study. Paper 3-253-15, eceee 2015 Summer Study on energy efficiency, Toulon/Hyères, France, 1st-6th June 2015.
- Wade, J. and Eyre, N. (2015) Evaluation Good Practice: is ‘good enough’ better than ‘perfect’? Paper 8-099-15, eceee 2015 Summer Study on energy efficiency, Toulon /Hyères, France, 1st-6th June 2015.
- Rosenow, J. and Eyre, N. (2015) Re-energising the UK’s approach to domestic energy efficiency. . Paper 2-001-15, eceee 2015 Summer Study on energy efficiency, Toulon /Hyères, France, 1st-6th June 2015.
- Darby, S.J. and Liddell, C. (2015) Communicating ‘smartness’: smart meter installers in UK homes. Paper 9-050-15, European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy summer study, Hyères, June 1-5, 2015.
- Fawcett, T. and Eyre, N. (2015) Heat pumps and global residential heating..
Energy Management Tools
Our spin-out company, Pilio, is developing the Energy Group's pioneering building science and innovation to provide businesses with the energy analytics to save energy, money and carbon.
Yingqui Li: 'Residential Demand Response (DR) in the UK: the potential in lowcarbon energy transformation, social implication and interaction with energy efficiency'
Jose Ramirez Mendiola: 'The Pathway to a sustainable enegery infrasturcture system'