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University of Ulster


Prof. N. Hewitt

(Vice President Commission B2 Refrigerating Machinery International Institute of Refrigeration)

He leads the Centre for Sustainable Technologies and has a strong international reputation in heat pump development.

He is responsible for £4.2M of current energy research projects in the development of new heat pumps, advanced energy storage techniques and their subsequent integration into the built environment: Consumer-Appealing Low Energy Technologies for Building Retrofit EPSRC £272,482, 2008-2012, Digital Compressor Heat Pump Development, DEL CAST & Copeland Ltd, £70,000 2008-2011, Energy Storage, DEL, £1.6M, 2008-2011, NPP OCTES 2011-2013, £125k smart metering project, NPP SULA 20120-2014 £125k service provision for heat pump controls, CESAR 2011-2013 FP7 355 k € solar absorption air conditioning, EINSTEIN 2011-2015 FP7 500 k € high temperature heat pumps, MERITS 2012-2014 FP7 250 k € energy storage.


Dr M. Huang

She is a lecturer in Renewable Energy also has research interests in heat pumps and thermal energy storage and is the UK representative on COST Action TU 0802 which intends to design, develop, characterise and simulate a new generation modified hybrid phase change materials for use in energy storage for heating, cooling and renewable energy applications.






Environmental chamber

High temperature heat pump trial unit

Test houses

Latest progress

Click here to view the latest update of the work carried out by our research team presented in our last Workshop in March 2018 at Loughborough University.

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