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CIBSE announce shortlist for the Ken Dale Bursary 2024

13 Jun 24

With proposals exploring envrionmental issues in media and film production, the transition to low carbon heat, decarbonisation techniques used in different countries, and more, CIBSE annouces the shortlist for the Ken Dale Travel Bursary 2024.

This year we had an array of fantastic applications for our sought-after Ken Dale Award and have narrowed them down to our eight finalists:

Isik Goren

Title of project: Green Screens: Exploring environmental investments in media and film production.

Summary: The research explores environmental strategies and investments in media and film production sector, an area with significant environmental impact. The research will enhance our understanding in environmental opportunities and challenges across the studios by doing a cross-regional evaluation. With the collaboration of industry partners, film organisations and production studios, we will culminate our knowledge to create effective solutions for a sector-wide impact. 



Princess Chrishane Arevalo

Title of project: Techno-Economic Viability of Organic Rankine Cycles in Future Microgrids

Summary: This research explores ORC in Net-Zero Carbon (NZC) microgrids for increased system level efficiency using RED’s NZC microgrid templates. This generates techno-economic insights on low-grade heat utilisation in mission-critical infrastructure that are typically rejected in vast quantities by cooling towers


Seddik Daoud

Title of study: Development of a New Sustainability Metric framework for Data Centres

Summary: The project aims to enhance data centre efficiency by evaluating current technologies, operations, and sustainability. It reviews standards and metrics, including power, carbon, water, and energy recovery effectiveness. By integrating advanced cooling, optimised electrical topologies, and regulatory adherence, the research will develop a holistic metric to improve sustainability and operational efficiency.



Jack Swann

Title of study: Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Healthcare Buildings through innovative HVAC Systems

Summary: This project explores energy-efficient HVAC systems in healthcare buildings by studying sustainable practices in countries throughout Europe. It aims to enhance patient care, reduce operational costs, and meet regulatory standards. Findings will inform global best practices, benefiting CIBSE, the NHS, my employer, clients, and my personal development.


Sheena Fernandez

Title of study: Data-Driven Decarbonisation of the Water-Energy Nexus in Building Services Engineering

Summary: The proposal explores data-driven decarbonisation strategies focused on the water-energy nexus (WEN). By leveraging innovative methods within WEN, it aims to provide a transformative path toward more sustainable and optimised building operations. The project seeks to drive advancements in decarbonisation technologies by learning and sharing knowledge across CIBSE and with the building services engineering community.



Keir Hart

Title of project: Intelligent Technology: Feasibility Study on Using Low-Energy Smart Ventilation Systems for a Resilient Built Environment

Summary: Smart buildings and AI technology hold the promise of reshaping the built environment towards a low-energy future. The use of smart technologies comes at a high upfront financial and embodied carbon cost for clients who are challenged with balancing the payback time of integrating these systems into buildings. The overarching question arises – are smart technologies the answer to a resilient, net-zero future?



William Holley

Title of project: The transition to low carbon heat – a holistic investigation into the integration of heat pump technology into the built environment

Summary: William is proposing a holistic investigation into the integration of heat pump technology into the built environment. He strives to find successful case studies and the latest innovations in Finland, China and Japan. The end goal is to share this knowledge and present design guidance that will give engineers a greater understanding of how to effectively integrate heat pumps into their projects.



Yijun Liu

Title of project: Study and compare the decarbonisation techniques used in different countries.

Summary: To Study and compare the decarbonisation technique used in different countries. The research will evaluate their effectiveness, practicality, and cost, supplemented by case studies. The goal is to recommend best practices for different climates and building types

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