Four projects worth more than £1 million have been launched to develop a system that enables efficient use of energy whilst meeting consumers’ needs.
The cash from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which is a public-private partnership between global industries and the UK Government, will be used for what it calls a “smart energy system”, expected to provide low carbon heat and energy services at affordable costs.
It is part of ETI’s £100 million Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) programme, which also aims to understand consumer behaviour and requirements and the evolution of the energy system out to 2050. The ETI focuses on accelerating distribution of affordable, low carbon energy systems.
Hitachi Europe has been chosen to lead a £500,000 project, alongside EDF Energy and Imperial College London, to identify the technologies required for the successful deployment of the system. Another project worth £600,000, led by Frontier Economics, aims to address how value can be achieved across the entire smart systems value chain.
Dr Grant Bourhill, ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat Director, said: “The demand for heat and energy services in the future has to be understood and we have to find better ways of managing and delivering heat in a cost-effective, clean and secure manner. These projects are essential to fulfilling our aim of launching the first of a kind smart energy system in the UK.”
All projects are due to be completed by the summer and ETI aims to commercialise the smart energy system in 2017.