Four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK have been announced by Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry.
From charging electric vehicles and managing heating and power through machine learning to storing power with lithium ion batteries and using heat pumps, the projects are designed to show how energy innovation can be put together to provide cheaper, cleaner energy for users.
The projects are:
- The Energy Superhub, Oxford, led by Pivot Power LLP
- ReFLEX Orkney, Orkney, led by the European Marine Energy Centre
- Project Leo (Local Energy Oxfordshire), led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
- Smart Hub SLES, West Sussex, led by Advanced Infrastructure
Perry said: “We are at the start of a green revolution, as we move to more digital, data-driven smart systems that will bring us cleaner and cheaper energy. These projects, backed by government funding, are set to spark a transformation and change the way we interact with energy for the better as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.
“We’re excited to see how these businesses and project partners reveal how innovative tech, such as energy storage, heat networks and electric vehicles, can set us on the path to a smarter energy future. This is tomorrow’s world, today.”
Rob Saunders, Deputy Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UK Research and Innovation said: “We all need energy systems that are cheaper, cleaner and consumer-friendly. We have a great opportunity with these demonstrators to show just how innovation can deliver this energy ambition for the future. Supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, these projects can drive investment, create high-quality jobs and grow companies with export potential.”
As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the £102.5 million Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge will develop cutting-edge capabilities in local systems that deliver cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy for consumers, while also creating high-value jobs for the UK.
The challenge brings together businesses working with the best research and expertise to transform the way energy is delivered and used. This includes providing energy in ways that consumers want by linking low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent local energy systems and services.
The funding is awarded competitively by UK Research and Innovation, the new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.
Projects must demonstrate new, smarter, local energy approaches at scale, which can:
- provide cleaner, cheaper, more desirable energy services for the end user lead to more prosperous and resilient communities
- prove new business models that are suitable for investment and can grow and replicate in the 2020s
- provide evidence on the impacts and efficiency of novel energy system approaches by the early 2020s