MSc Projects

Decarbonisation Strategy

A significant proportion of resources from the partnership is dedicated to the pursuit of energy resource efficiency in the built environment. While doing so, research is undertaken to identify attractive technologies that would not only help decarbonise the business, but also provide interesting business cases. Various pathways have been explored by considering cutting-edge solutions and developing comprehensive models. Such work has been summarised in MSc projects; such as the following:

2015 – Dagoberto Cedillos Alvarado – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Investment Strategy for the Decarbonisation of Supermarket Buildings in the UK.” Poster by D. Cedillos

2014 – Julien Bos – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Sustainable Store Replication.” Poster by J. Bos

2013 – Charles Pilgrim – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Development of a Low Carbon Investment Decision Making Tool.” Poster by C. Pilgrim

2013 – Epameinondas Andrianopoulos – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Prof. Nilay Shah, Dr Salvador Acha. “Decarbonising a Retail Building within the UK context.” Poster by E. Andrianopoulos

2012 – Victor Caritte – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Prof. Nilay Shah, Dr Salvador Acha and Dr Ned Ekins-Daukes. “Developing a low carbon roadmap for a food retail chain in the UK: targets & challenges.” Poster by V. Caritte

Energy Technology Reviews

A significant proportion of resources from the partnership is dedicated to the pursuit of energy resource efficiency in the built environment. While doing so, research is undertaken to identify attractive technologies that would not only help decarbonise the business, but also provide interesting business cases. Various pathways have been explored by considering cutting-edge solutions and developing comprehensive models. Such work has been summarised in MSc projects; such as the following:

2016 – Aspasia Georgakopoulou – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Dr Christos N. Markides and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Modelling and Optimisation of Distributed Energy Resources in Food Retail Buildings: An Investment and Management Approach.” Poster by A. Georgakopoulou

2016 – Arthur Mariaud – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Dr Ned Ekins-Daukes and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Integrated Optimisation of PV and Storage Systems for UK non-domestic buildings.” Poster by A. Mariaud

2016 – Marily Efstratiadi – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Christos N. Markides, Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Analysis of Water-Cooled Refrigeration Systems for the Food Retail Industry.” Poster by M. Efstratiadi

2015 – Pietro Dalpane – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha. “Operational and Economic Analysis of GSHP coupled with Refrigeration Systems in UK Supermarkets.” Poster by P. Dalpane

2014 – Serguey Maximov – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Ned Ekins-Daukes, Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Forecasting PV Impact on UK businesses.” Poster by S. Maximov

Energy Building Performance

Core research has focused on enhancing or recommissioning existing buildings and exploring new approaches in reducing energy use. The constant thrive for excellence and performance improvement of Sainsbury’s buildings has led to the realisation of numerous MSc projects that exploit the rich data sets being monitored in its stores; for example:

2016 – Aitor Soler – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha. “Half-hourly Regional Electricity Price Modelling for Commercial End-Users in the UK.” Poster by A. Soler

2015 – Fatine Abdoussi – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Dr Bianca Howard and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Advanced Control Strategy for Building Energy Management Systems.” Poster by F. Abdoussi

2014 – Chang Foo Loh – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Ms. Sarah Noyé and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Enhancing the Re-Commissioning of Retail HVAC Systems and Building Envelope.” Poster by C. F. Loh

2014 – Shane Moynihan – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Prof. Nilay Shah and Ms. Sarah Noyé. “Enhancing the Recommissioning of a Retail Building - Refrigeration.” Poster by S. Moynihan

2013 – Georgios Kapenis – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Developing Sustainable Energy Strategies for Small Scale Food Retail Businesses.” Poster by G. Kapenis

2013 – Yujia Du – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha and Prof. Nilay Shah. “Energy and carbon performance analysis for supermarket refrigeration.” Poster by Y. Du

2013 – Moritz Bruder – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Prof. Nilay Shah, Dr Salvador. “Radical Refrigeration – Holistic Optimisation of Supermarket Refrigeration and its Impacts on Key Performance Indicators.” Poster by M. Bruder

2013 – Violeta Argyropoulou – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Prof. Nilay Shah and Prof. Bikash Pal. “Supermarket Virtual Power Plants.” Poster by V. Argyropoulou

2012 – Georgios Mavromatidis – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Prof. Nilay Shah, Dr Salvador Acha. “Diagnostic tools of energy performance for supermarkets using Artificial Neural Networks.” Poster by G. Mavromatidis

Sustainable Ethical Sourcing

Research exploring sustainable and ethical sourcing in food crops and how they are managed across the supply-chain has been addressed in the following project:

2014 – Sotirios Lampropoulos – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Dr Salvador Acha, Prof. Nilay Shah and Mr. Chang-Gun Lee. “Developing Sustainable Food Supply Chains Decarbonising the Strawberry supply chain.” Poster by S. Lampropoulos

Transport Operations

The decarbonisation of transport operations plays an important role in major commercial organisations that manage extensive fleets; an MSc project has been dedicated to this field:

2014 – Stefanos Doukidis – MSc Sustainable Energy Futures – Supervised by Prof. Nilay Shah, Dr Salvador Acha and Mr. Christophe Mazur. “Transport Decarbonisation of a Food Retailer.” Poster by S. Doukidis