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Improving thermal performance, replacing gas heaters: A holistic approach to decarbonising domestic energy (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Adkins, D. (2022, October). Improving thermal performance, replacing gas heaters: A holistic approach to decarbonising domestic energy. Presented at EPUK National Conference: Going for Net Zero, Warwick University and Online

This talk discussed present challenges, policies, drivers and barriers to the decarbonisation of the UK domestic housing stock and how to create buildings fit for the future.

Exploring climate science and its effects on the built environment (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Adkins, D. (2022, October). Exploring climate science and its effects on the built environment. Presented at cabe annual conference 2022: Embedding Sustainability, Newport, UK

Climate change has a direct impact on the built environment. By examining its effects, this talk discussed how to create buildings fit for the future.

Climate action hub: Empowering youth engagement project report (2022)
Report
Laggan, S., Davies, L., Fogg-Rogers, L., Portus, R., Adkins, D., & Williams, S. Climate action hub: Empowering youth engagement project report. UKRI HEIF

This report summarises the knowledge exchange activities of the CAH-OOT project: Climate Action Hub - empOwering yOuth engagemenT. This project, funded by a joint faculty award from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), enabled representatives... Read More about Climate action hub: Empowering youth engagement project report.

Youth Climate Communications Toolkit (2022)
Other
Davies, L., Fogg Rogers, L., Adkins, D., Portus, R., & Williams, S. (2022). Youth Climate Communications Toolkit. [Toolkit]. https://joom.ag/LGad

A toolkit for young people to campaign effectively on things that matter to them. Gain sustainability skills and competencies while creatively addressing key priorities for your place of study, place of work or community. For more information about t... Read More about Youth Climate Communications Toolkit.

The ascent of green crime: Exploring the nexus between the net zero transition and organized crime (2022)
Journal Article
Young, M., & Adkins, D. (2022). The ascent of green crime: Exploring the nexus between the net zero transition and organized crime. Journal of Financial Crime, 29(3), 789-791. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-07-2022-277

This editorial highlights a fundamental gap in the existing literature base whereby the climate crisis is largely missing from journals covering all aspects of finance - including those that cover financial crime (for a wider discussion, see Stern, 2... Read More about The ascent of green crime: Exploring the nexus between the net zero transition and organized crime.

Sustainability solutions – green jobs in engineering and technology (2021)
Presentation / Conference
Adkins, D. (2021, October). Sustainability solutions – green jobs in engineering and technology

Net Zero 2030 isn’t going to happen by itself – it will require a lot of work, with lots of amazing engineers to solve a myriad of challenges. From figuring out how to insulate old houses well, to designing and building new energy distribution grids... Read More about Sustainability solutions – green jobs in engineering and technology.

Empowering individual homeowners to help meet greenhouse gas targets (2020)
Digital Artefact
Adkins, D. Empowering individual homeowners to help meet greenhouse gas targets. [https://www.imperial.ac.uk/enterprise/staff/techcelerate/participants/cohort-one/deborah-adkins---greener-homes/]

Heating and powering our homes accounts for around 30% of energy consumption in the UK. While new-build homes must meet strict energy efficiency building regulations, older homes will need to be retrofitted if the UK is to meet its 2050 target for lo... Read More about Empowering individual homeowners to help meet greenhouse gas targets.

Additive manufacture of a spine surrogate for assessing injury risk during under vehicle explosions (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Barnes, S., Adkins, D., & Newell, N. (2018). Additive manufacture of a spine surrogate for assessing injury risk during under vehicle explosions.

Spinal injuries sustained by occupants during under-vehicle explosions were common in recent conflicts. Mitigation technologies are currently assessed using Anthropometric Test Devices (ATDs) which are designed to respond biofidelically to external l... Read More about Additive manufacture of a spine surrogate for assessing injury risk during under vehicle explosions.

Tangible objects and digital interfaces: The next generation of eco-tech selection (2016)
Digital Artefact
Adkins, D. (2016). Tangible objects and digital interfaces: The next generation of eco-tech selection. [Blog post]

We have some wonderful buildings that could last centuries. But their energy efficiency is appalling. Many people say that they would like to upgrade/retrofit existing homes with the latest eco-interventions but when faced with a slew of inconsistent... Read More about Tangible objects and digital interfaces: The next generation of eco-tech selection.

Tangible objects and digital interfaces: The next generation of eco-tech selection (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Adkins, D. (2016, December). Tangible objects and digital interfaces: The next generation of eco-tech selection

Energy Futures Lab invites prestigious speakers to come share their views and vision for our energy future. A very thought provoking talk from Dr Deborah Adkins of the Dyson School of Design Engineering here at Imperial College London on the eleme... Read More about Tangible objects and digital interfaces: The next generation of eco-tech selection.

Connected Homes – energy management, home automation, and the connected experience (2016)
Presentation / Conference
Adkins, D. (2016, May). Connected Homes – energy management, home automation, and the connected experience

Connected Homes Energy management, home automation, and the connected experience: Perspectives from academia and industry. On 11 May Energy Futures Lab hosted an exploration of the research and business challenges for the future of ‘connected home... Read More about Connected Homes – energy management, home automation, and the connected experience.

The early design stage for building renovation with a novel loop-heat-pipe based solar thermal facade (LHP-STF) heat pump water heating system: Techno-economic analysis in three European climates (2015)
Journal Article
Zhang, X., Shen, J., Adkins, D., Yang, T., Tang, L., Zhao, X., …Luo, H. (2015). The early design stage for building renovation with a novel loop-heat-pipe based solar thermal facade (LHP-STF) heat pump water heating system: Techno-economic analysis in three European climates. Energy Conversion and Management, 106, 964-986. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2015.10.034

Most of the building renovation plans are usually decided in the early design stage. This delicate phase contains the greatest opportunity to achieve the high energy performance buildings after refurbishment. It is therefore important to provide the... Read More about The early design stage for building renovation with a novel loop-heat-pipe based solar thermal facade (LHP-STF) heat pump water heating system: Techno-economic analysis in three European climates.

Capturing the Realities through Digital Preservation and Scanning Techniques: The case of ZouMaTang Ancient Village, China (2015)
Conference Proceeding
Cheshmehzangi, A., Adkins, D., & Ch’ng, E. (2015). Capturing the Realities through Digital Preservation and Scanning Techniques: The case of ZouMaTang Ancient Village, China.

In China, many villages are facing severe decline and deprivation and some are even replaced or reallocated over time. In recent years, the effects from rapid pace of urbanisation on rural areas has been so significant and at such large scale that ru... Read More about Capturing the Realities through Digital Preservation and Scanning Techniques: The case of ZouMaTang Ancient Village, China.

Towards a design for frugal: Review of implications for product design (2014)
Conference Proceeding
Pradel, P., & Adkins, D. (2014). Towards a design for frugal: Review of implications for product design.

Since 2010 the concept of frugal innovation has increasingly attracted the attention of both researchers and industry. Frugal innovation holds much promise in the rapidly changing global economy. It has been suggested that this approach needs to be u... Read More about Towards a design for frugal: Review of implications for product design.

Wind convection coefficient correlations for CPV modules (2013)
Journal Article
Adkins, D. A. (2013). Wind convection coefficient correlations for CPV modules. Conference Record IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 3421-3425. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2013.6745183

Heat loss due to convection cooling from photovoltaic modules exposed to the external environment plays an important role in the study of photovoltaic design. It is well documented that thermal loss from external surfaces constitutes a large portion... Read More about Wind convection coefficient correlations for CPV modules.

Novel method and system for monitoring CPV cell and module temperature (2010)
Journal Article
Adkins, D. (2010). Novel method and system for monitoring CPV cell and module temperature. Conference Record IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1660-1665. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2010.5616045

This paper presents a novel system for accurate monitoring of photovoltaic cell temperature, allowing the introduction of thermal management strategies critical to maintaining high efficiencies and cell lifetimes. The sensor device outlined consists... Read More about Novel method and system for monitoring CPV cell and module temperature.

The validation and verification of CFD models of heat transfer and airflow within CPV modules (2010)
Journal Article
Adkins, D. (2010). The validation and verification of CFD models of heat transfer and airflow within CPV modules. Conference Record IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 827-830. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2010.5617190

Simulation models are used for predicting a photovoltaic concentrator's performance. It is desirable to analyse theoretically any given system as extensively as possible before embarking on expensive construction. Calculation of the flow fields both... Read More about The validation and verification of CFD models of heat transfer and airflow within CPV modules.

CFD simulation of fish-like body moving in viscous liquid (2006)
Journal Article
Adkins, D., & Yan, Y. Y. (2006). CFD simulation of fish-like body moving in viscous liquid. Journal of Bionic Engineering, 3(3), 147-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1672-6529%2806%2960018-8

The study of fish-like bodies moving in liquid is an interesting and challenging research subject in the fields of biolocomotion and biomimetics. Typically the effect of tail oscillation on fluid flow around such a body is highly unsteady, generating... Read More about CFD simulation of fish-like body moving in viscous liquid.