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Four projects announced to jumpstart energy revolution

Published: 12 April 2019 - Carly Wills

Four smart energy systems demonstrator projects across the UK have been announced today 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, these projects show how the very latest in 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

By the early 2020s, these demonstrators aim to prove that smarter local energy systems can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy services.

Minister 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.”

The projects are part of the £102.5m Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge. 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.

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