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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


DEI welcomes international visitors

(11 September 2018)

Durham Energy Institute was delighted to welcome members of the REBUS project to the University on the afternoon of 5th September, as part of their research visit to the region.

REBUS project is an EU funded Interregional collaboration of 8 countries, one of which Durham County with the aim of improving the capacity of public authorities in European regions to undertake efficient renovation works of their public building stock, thus saving energy and public resources.

Buildings are among the main sectors identified as being responsible for Europe’s emissions, so policy actions must start there. REBUS supports local authorities in designing an Energy Renovation Path (ERP) for planning, implementing and monitoring renovation works in public buildings, which includes providing reliable information, skills and effective decision-making structures for prioritising buildings to be renovated. 

Durham Energy Institute were delighted to welcome the visitors and to present the research challenges of two joint County Council and University projects taking place locally.

Dr Charlotte Adams presented on the research looking at utilising minewater heating for the Swimming Pool at the Louisa Centre, Stanley and Dr. Hong Sun spoke on his research on smartgrids and his current project studying the impact of Solid Wall Insulation and smart heating controls to 210 homes in the County.

Dr Sun also took the visitors on a tour of the University’s Smartgrids laboratory where the Insulation project is being managed, followed by a visit to the University Solar Car and wind turbine testing facility.

Durham University is working closely with Durham County Council to drive energy efficiency innovation in the region.

Further information on the REBUS project can be found here: