Sustainable Energy Research Team, Department of Mechanical Engineering
I am researching the performance of low carbon, efficient domestic heating systems, focussing on Air Source Heat Pumps and micro-Combined Heat and Power units.
Energy and exergy requirements are used alongside carbon dioxide emissions as the primary metrics of the relative performance of the technologies. The work is sponsored by EPSRC as part of the SUPERGEN HiDEF project which considers a future power system that delivers sustainability and security through the widespread deployment of distributed energy resources.
The performance of the technologies is being investigated under a range of conditions including different climates, building properties, control systems and electrical grid generation mixes. In order to achieve this, a model has been developed which integrates components relating to each of these factors. In particular, the effects which realistic Demand Side Management interventions may have is being studied.
Cooper, S. J. G., Hammond, G. P. and Mcmanus, M. C., 2013. Thermodynamic efficiency of low-carbon domestic heating systems: heat pumps and micro-cogeneration. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 227 (1), pp. 18-29.
Cooper, S. J. G., J. Dowsett, G. P. Hammond, M. C. McManus & J. G. Rogers, 2013, 'Potential of demand side management to reduce carbon dioxide emissions associated with the operation of heat pumps', Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water And Environment Systems. Accepted for publication
McKenna, E., McManus, M., Cooper, S. and Thomson, M., 2013. Economic and environmental impact of lead-acid batteries in grid-connected domestic PV systems. Applied Energy, 104, pp. 239-249.
Cooper, S. J. G., Hammond, G. and McManus, M., 2013. Performance implications of heat pumps and micro-cogenerators participating in demand side management. In: 3rd International Conference in Microgeneration and Related Technologies in Buildings: Microgen 3, 2013-04-15 - 2013-04-17, Naples.
Rogers, J., Cooper, S., Hammond, G. and McManus, M., 2013. Use of micro CHP plants to support the local operation of electric heat pumps. In: 3rd International Conference in Microgeneration and Related Technologies in Buildings: Microgen 3, 2013-04-15 - 2013-04-17, Naples.
Cooper, S., Hammond, G. and McManus, M., 2011. Thermodynamic analysis of efficient domestic heating systems. In: 2nd International Conference on Microgeneration and Related Technologies, 2011-04-04 - 2011-04-06, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Cooper, S. J. G., J. Dowsett, G. P. Hammond, M. C. McManus & J. G. Rogers, 2012, 'Performance implications of heat pumps participating in demand side management', in Proc. of 7th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, SDEWES 2012. Ohrid, Macedonia. 1 - 7 July 2012
S. Cooper, G. P. Hammond & M. C. McManus, 2011, 'Heat Pump Performance and factors affecting it', in Proc. of Research students' conference on "Buildings Don't Use Energy, People Do?" - Domestic Energy Use and CO2 Emissions in Existing Dwellings. Bath, UK. 28 June 2011