Oxford launches world’s first Energy Superhub
Published: 9 April 2019 - Carly Wills
A £41m world first Energy Superhub will be built in Oxford, making it a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality, announced a consortium comprising Oxford City Council, Pivot Power, Habitat Energy, Kensa Contracting, redT energy and the University of Oxford.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will contribute circa £10m to support the project.
The Energy Superhub project involves the deployment of grid-scale energy storage and supports the decarbonisation of transport, power and heat across the city, supporting Oxford City Council in its journey to zero carbon.
Pivot Power will create a new connection to National Grid’s transmission network which will service the largest hybrid battery ever deployed, and power a 10km network of charging stations that will kickstart an electric vehicle (EV) revolution across the city.
Kensa Contracting will install over 300 UK designed and manufactured innovative low-carbon ground source heat pump systems, which will result in 25 per cent lower running costs than traditional gas boilers.
Habitat Energy will provide the intelligence to optimise the trading of the battery storage in the power markets, as well as the timing of the EV charging and heat pump activation to maximise value to the end consumer and benefit to the grid.
redT energy, an energy storage infrastructure specialist, will showcase its vanadium flow machines.
The University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute and Department of Engineering Science will assess the impacts of the project and advise on how they can be replicated, both across the country and abroad.
The project aims to save 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by 2021, rising to 44,000 tonnes per year by 2032.