Urban Heat Island poster wins prize at Energy Systems workshop

Urban Heat Island poster wins prize at Energy Systems workshop

Senior Research Associate Ramon Granell won the Best Poster Exhibition award for a poster entitled "Does the London Urban Heat Island affect Electricity Consumption of Small Supermarkets?" at the recent Manchester Energy and Electrical Power Systems "Big Data Applications in Power Systems" workshop.

The poster describes a year-long study of the relationship between electricity consumption by floor area of 40 supermarkets and their distance from London city centre.

The study shows that the UHI effect can be observed in the power consumption of the supermarkets, with stores closer to the centre of London having a statistically significant higher energy consumption than those further from it.

Authored by Ramon Granell (pictured below presenting the poster) and Professor David Wallom of the e-Research Centre, along with Colin Axon and Maria Kolokotroni of the Institute of Energy Futures, Brunel University, the poster arose from research carried out as part of the WICKED (Working with Infrastructure, Creation of Knowledge and Energy strategy Development) project funded by EPSRC.

The difficulty of quantifying the UHI effect on the electricity consumption of retail premises is the requirement to compare consumers with similar features. The researchers performed clustering and other statistical analyses of the electricity consumption of small supermarkets located across the Greater London area.

The event at the Manchester Conference Centre focused on three sub-categories within Big Data Applications: Big Data Tools and Methods; Big Data Applications in Decision Making; and Big Data Applications in Distributed Systems. It was organised by the IEEE Power and Energy Society Student Branch at University of Manchester, IEEE UK&RI, IEEE Young Professionals, and IEEE UK&RI Computer Intelligence Society.