Launch of Four smart energy systems demonstrator projects

Funding of £102.5M has been awarded by UK Research and Innovation through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK.

One of the demonstrator projects has two Sustainable Islands International programme members: European Marine Energy Centre as project leader and Aquatera. The project is called The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) which aims to make Orkney a ‘smart energy island’ by interlinking local electricity, transport, and heat networks into one controllable, overarching system.  This will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels. The project is led by European Marine Energy Centre with a number of local partners including Aquatera. The project value is £28.5M and starts this month. Click here for a video about the project by some of partners. Find out more about renewable energy in Orkney via the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum website.

The three other projects are:

The Energy Superhub, led by Pivot Power LLP will install what it claims is the world’s first transmission-connected lithium ion and redox-flow hybrid battery and deploy a network of 320 ground source heat pumps to support social housing tenants.

Project Leo (Local Energy Oxfordshire), led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks will take a Distribution System Operator approach to implementing new energy projects across the city, and to facilitate future forecasting and planning.

Smart Hub SLES, West Sussex, led by Advanced Infrastructure will integrate energy management across council housing, private residential properties, transport infrastructure and commercial properties in West Sussex.

These demonstrators will show how businesses can develop local energy approaches at scale that will create better outcomes for consumers and promote economic growth for the UK. By the early 2020s, these demonstrators aim to prove that smarter local energy systems can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy services.