ETI to study human behaviour in energy use
THE Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched a £3 million research project which will lead to a comprehensive behavioural study of householders.
It will focus on heat and energy consumption in the UK.
The study, involving thousands of householders, is part of the ETI's £100 million Smart Systems and Heat technology programme launched in April by prime minister David Cameron.
The aim is to design and demonstrate a first-of-its-kind smart energy system in the UK.
Loughborough-based ETI's research will provide insight into consumer requirements for heat and energy. The project will help answer questions as to how consumer demand for can best be met.
Solutions developed by the project will inform the development of future energy products and services shaped by consumer requirements.
The findings will help determine further system design work by the ETI.
The consortium will be led by environment consultant PRP, in collaboration with University College London's Energy Institute.
The ETI is focused on speeding up the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that will help the UK meet its legally binding 2050 climate change targets.
Rebecca Sweeney, ETI project manager, said: "This research will ultimately help to identify trends in real mass-market consumer behaviour, their requirements and profiles."