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Energy House 2.0 on the way in Salford

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Construction has begun on the University of Salford’s Energy House 2.0, a £16mn home energy test laboratory in which scientists can undertake research around energy use in homes and small buildings in different weather conditions. Four furnished houses will sit within the chambers – two in each – and will be fitted with smart energy technology including smart meters, in-home displays and vehicle-to-grid solutions.

In the new facility the University’s energy and environment academics will be able to create snow, rain, wind or solar exposure in two giant chambers. Different conditions can be generated by a state-of-the-art heating, ventilating and air conditioning system. Temperatures can be plunged to -20°C and raised to 40°C.

The project, the largest of its kind in Europe, has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The University has expertise in buildings and energy efficiency with research undertaken for over ten years in the original Salford Energy House built in 2011.

Photo: University of Salford

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Journal title: Energy World

Subjects: Energy efficiency - Building -

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