Heating and cooling in our buildings and infrastructure accounts for more than half of our total energy consumption and is set to grow dramatically over the next 15 years. Energy consumption for cooling is projected to exceed heating within 40 years, yet 84% of heating and cooling is still generated by the burning of fossil fuels.
In order to meet our climate and energy goals we must sharply reduce the energy we consume for thermal loads and specifically move away from the use of fossil fuels. The key now is to engage UK industry as customers and collaborators to drive innovation in the global supply chain.
A vital component of T-ERA will be the International Manufacturing Thermal Energy Research Accelerator (IM-TERA) developed in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). This will create an environment that allows companies to refine technologies, to optimise the development of products and to reduce the time it takes to bring this innovation to market.