Thermal Systems of the Future

23 Jan 2020 09:00 to 17:00

On the 23rd January, the SIRACH Network is delighted to be holding a joint event with the Thermal theme of the Energy Research Accelerator (T-ERA).

The meeting will focus on thermal systems of the future and will bring together experts in the field of thermal systems to share their insights and discuss the current research and innovations that are driving this necessary development forward.  



Edgbaston Park Hotel, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RS



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9.00am: Registration opens, 9.15am: Presentations begin, 4.30pm: Presentations end  followed by tour of  T-ERA funded laboratories 

  • Arrival and registration 
  • Welcome from  Graeme Maidment, Chairman of SIRACH
  • Introduction and overview of ERA and T-ERA by Prof. Martin Freer Director of ERA 

Thermal Systems Research and Innovation presentations 

  • Phase change material (PCM) based thermal energy storage (TES) by  Prof. Yulong Ding, University of Birmingham
  • Thermal energy storage and solar thermal systems by Prof. Phil Eames, Loughborough University
  • Sustainable bioenergy systems by Prof. Patricia Thornley, Aston University 
  • Networking workshop session: Research challenges for thermal systems
  • Lunch 
  • Networking workshop session continues
  • Sustainable thermal energy technologies by Prof  Bob Critoph, University of Warwick
  • Systems-level integration and future integrated thermal systems by Jon Williams, Energy Systems Catapult
  • Business innovation in sustainable thermal systems, Brian Churchyard, Asda
  • Close
  • Optional tour of the T-ERA funded laboratories 


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