Low carbon technologies within a circular economy workshop
The purpose of the workshop was to have academic discussions across low carbon energy and circular economy area. A number of presentations from Islands Laboratory team and Low carbon technology group took place during the afternoon. The Island Laboratory team lead by Dr Catalina Spataru presented on systems modelling approaches, governance of resources and circular economy
Dr Xiaojing LV and two researchers, Xiaoyi Ding and Xusheng Wang from China-UK Low Carbon College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) presented on low carbon technologies and performance
During the panel discussion session a number of researchers and eminent professors from SJTU participated
Dr Catalina Spataru (UCL) receiving a present from Prof Weng Yiwu (SJTU)
UCL Island Laboratory is a unique initiative that aims to assess sustainable solutions for island nations worldwide. Catalina highlighted the expertise of the multidisciplinary team of the Island Laboratory and its focus on three main themes: whole energy systems modelling, resource efficiency and circular economy; waste to energy
Innovative modelling approaches developed and undertaken by researchers at UCL islands laboratory including dynamic energy systems models and macroeconomic models have been discussed how could be applicable to China and assess impact on the economy when low carbon energy systems are deployed.
Comparative studies on the uptake of low carbon technologies might be beneficial to exchange lessons and good practices.
The Shanghai research team talked about the application of hybrid systems for the distributed energy production, particularly on solid oxide fuel cells and gas turbine, optimisation techniques for combined cool heat and power coupled with high efficient energy storage.
Through this collaboration, the two groups put together their knowledge to come up with new innovative techniques to combine top-down approaches and bottom-up approaches.
Xusheng Wang (SJTU) presenting his methodological approach
The workshop put the base for a fruity collaboration between the two institutes, with further collaboration on how hybrid system for the production of electricity in the hospitality sector might impact on the Chinese GDP, evaluation on the uptake of low carbon technologies by sub-sectors in cities and islands.