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Professor Mostafa Mohamed

Towards achieving net zero carbon emissions: Opportunities and challenges for exploitation of geothermal energy for domestic heating

Professor Mostafa Mohamed, Head of Civil Engineering

Currently, domestic heating in the UK accounts for almost a quarter of the UK energy demand and 15% of the UK’s carbon emissions. These emissions are associated primarily with the use of fossil fuels to provide space heating and domestic hot water. The UK has set an ambitious target to drop CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050. This requires a reduction of 78% of CO2 emissions by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. Decarbonising residential building energy is central to achieving the UK government’s CO2 emissions target. In pursuit of this target, one of the key current technologies involve the use of heat pumps to recover geothermal energy. Through research, can geothermal energy recovery technology be made more efficient, cost-effective and competitive? Can novel ground systems and construction materials be developed to enhance the performance of heat pumps?

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Mostafa Mohamed reflects on the recovery of geothermal energy for heating of buildings. From his years of research experience, he will be talking about approaches and challenges to enhance the recovery of heat directly from shallow grounds, sewer infrastructures and thermally activated infrastructures.

Watch the event recording on our Youtube channel.