Established in 2006, Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research (or SWAN centre) is a community of sustainability and energy researchers and academics across various disciplines that involves biofuels and biomass, fuel cells and hydrogen, PV and solar thermal and sensing and monitoring technologies. It coordinates research across traditional discipline boundaries aiming to make a lasting contribution to some of the main global research challenges in the field of sustainability.
One such challenge is to identify and demonstrate techniques that account for social and technical factors to radically reduce resource consumption, eliminate associated waste and mitigate pollution effects on whole ecosystems.
As part of their efforts to tackle this challenge, the SWAN centre has launched a research programme that involves the thermal comfort and energy monitoring of a high performance dwelling built to Passive House standard with the aim of enabling a comparative and optimisation study. The programme will enable the monitoring and compilation of real world data in order to quantify the benefits of increased fabric insulation properties and air-tightness in a moderate climate similar to that of British Isles.
A vital element in this programme was the deployment of an energy and environmental monitoring solution capable or recording a very comprehensive set of real world data for extensive analysis.
In 2014, scientists from the University of Newcastle started their search for a system that could “measure temperature and other environmental factors, as well as energy usage” and “quantify performance against the average UK house”, SWAN’s Dr Mohammad Royapoor told the HeatingSave reporter.