University of Nottingham (UON) is a research-led University in the United Kingdom with annual research awards totalling £181 million. It has the largest number of top-rated departments amongst UK Universities for research following Cambridge, Oxford and London Universities. It is the home of many ground breaking discoveries and inventions such as magnetic resonance imaging.
The University of Nottingham has participated extensively in over 300 EU FP7 funded research projects and the Department of Architecture and Built Environment has conducted over 35 EU FP7 research projects. UON has worked on green retrofits projects funded by the UK government and industry. It has constructed six unique low/zero carbon Creative Energy Homes on the University Park Campus as well as several low-carbon buildings.
The department has a long record in research projects investigating renewable energy and sustainable energy systems. Professor Saffa Riffat (DSc Oxford), the academic leader of the proposed project, is a Chair in Sustainable Energy and the Head of Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group.
He has a wide range of experience in renewable energy, sustainable buildings, building retrofit, heat transfer, heat pumps, ventilation and air quality. He has obtained grants in excess of £60 million from the EU, Innovate UK, Research Councils and industry and published over 600 refereed papers on renewable energy, eco-buildings and HVAC systems. He is the President of the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (www.wsset.org) and editor in Chief of the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, International Journal of Future Cities and Environment and Renewable Bioresources Journal. He is the named inventor on 30 international patents.