Professor probes efficient energy

Dennis Loveday has become Loughborough University’s first professor of innovative energy use.

The newly-created academic post, sponsored by energy group E.ON, will focus on how innovative technologies can help buildings to use power more efficiently.

The university said Loveday, previously professor of building physics, will assemble a ‘world-class team’ at Loughborough that will carry out research and develop the commercial potential of the most promising innovations in collaboration with industry.

The research programme will last for five years. The first year will see Loveday and his team focus on low energy cooling systems for buildings, with two specific projects involving an innovative cooling mechanism installed in ceilings and the use of natural ventilation to control house temperatures.

Other areas the team will explore include renewable energy integration, intelligent controls and the impact of climate change of building design and household energy demand.

The new academic post was established under the Research Chair Scheme of the Royal Academy of Engineering. E.ON’s sponsorship is a first for the company and forms part of its R&D programme.