The five funded Bristol projects
Dr Michalec will work with Energy Systems Catapult to investigate their recent digital twin demonstrator projects. During her residence, Ola will create two outputs: a decision support toolkit for digital twin practitioners concerned with ethical issues in their work; and, a report on democratising digital twins, which will analyse interactions between modelling and policymaking.
Dr Saeed Jahdi – Novel EV Drivetrain with High Temperature Silicon Carbide Devices: Bridging the Gap, working with the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
Dr Jahdi will accelerate technologies that increase the energy density in wide-bandgap power semiconductor modules. Realization of energy density of 20+ kW/L is imperative if industry is to develop large-scale rapid EV chargers that are required for electrification of heavy-duty vehicles.
Professor Paul Howard-Jones – Consumer learning journeys: an interdisciplinary framework to support net zero adoption, working with the Energy Systems Catapult
Professor Howard-Jones’ project aims to provide insights into Consumer commitment to renewable energy technologies (such as heat pumps for home heating) which necessitate a long cognitive and emotional journey for many consumers. The project draws on psychology, neuroscience and education to frame the customer’s “learning journey” from current to future energy worlds, identifying factors contributing to trust and positive responding, as well as potential touchpoints and levers to support consumer adoption of renewable energy.
Dr Mark Goudswaard – Development, implementation and validation the Physical Digital Affordance Index for improving engineering decision making and enabling resilient design, working with the Digital Catapult
Dr Goudswaard will study real-world projects to develop a Physical-Digital Affordance Index (PDAI) that will enable the selection of appropriate tools based on their required outputs. By working with the Digital Catapult, Mark will have access to real world use cases and build a network of engineers and companies able to support his future research activities.
Dr Ges Rosenberg – Co-creating Station Innovations for Net Zero and Healthy, Inclusive Cities, working with the Connected Places Catapult
Dr Rosenberg's 15-month residency has four goals: 1) to learn from other international exemplars of transport infrastructure decarbonisation; 2) to identify opportunities to transition Bristol Temple Meads Station towards Net Zero Carbon; 3) to explore how the sustainability viewpoints can be embedded in digital decision support tools, specifically CPC’s proposed digital twin for BTM station; and 4) to co-create a route map to ’Net Zero Carbon’ for BTM station infrastructure and operations. The expectation is that learning from this project will be generalisable, and the framework developed will have wider application to other transport infrastructure and locations.