Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage in Low Carbon Dwellings (FITS-LCD) is a collaborative project, investigating the integration and use of thermal storage in dwellings. The project team includes the Universities of Strathclyde, Bath, Imperial College and Glasgow School of Art. The project will research new concepts for thermal stores, exploring such areas as their ability to integrate different renewable energy streams; their impact on human comfort and their ability to interact with future energy networks. Promising concepts emerging from the work will be developed as physical demonstrators.

FITS-LCD is funded by the EPSRC as part of the Thermal Energy Challenge Programme.

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The aim of the research is to investigate how thermal stores could be integrated unobtrusively into the fabric of future buildings and communities (both new build and retrofit) and how they will be operated within the local context of accommodating multiple low-carbon thermal energy sources and within the wider context of the decarbonisation of the UK's energy supply.

The research hypothesis is that radically different and varied approaches to the storage of heat (reflecting the disparate nature of UK housing stock) will be required if the domestic sector is to successfully transition towards a low carbon energy supply, making use of more diverse low-carbon energy sources at all scales; this will require technically and financially feasible heat storage systems that accommodate heterogeneous energy sources; that integrate fully into the fabric of buildings, without a space penalty; that can store heat over time scales appropriate to more stochastic energy inputs; and finally that have the controls and balance of plant to allow them to deliver heat flexibly within the context of participation in future energy markets.

The work will include the development of software and physical models of fabric integrated thermal stores in order to assess the feasibility of material and integration options; to assess technical, economic and environmental performance; test heat management strategies, energy services and end user interfaces.

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