Smart energy storage, green heating and virtual power plants schemes funded across the country to jumpstart local energy revolution Plans for a new era of smart, local and low-carbon energy systems took a leap forward this week with the release of £51.4m in government funding for schemes trialling a range of green energy technologies. From hybrid batteries to heat networks and EV charging stations, four schemes across the country have won funding under the government’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge’, which is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The demonstrator projects – earmarked for Oxford, Orkney and West Sussex – aim to show how local energy projects can be delivered at scale to forge new business models and provide cheaper, greener energy services to local residents. At the ‘Energy Superhub’ in Oxford, project lead Pivot Power is planning to install the world’s first transmission-connected lithium ion and redox-flow hybrid battery, that will help balance electricity demand on the grid. The scheme will also see a network of 320 ground source heat pumps installed for social housing, and AI technology deployed to ensure energy is being used in the smartest, most efficient way possible.
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A Scottish energy technology firm has been chosen to take part in a pioneering project alongside partners including Honda to help local communities tap into cheaper and greener power. Edinburgh-based Flexitricity is working on the Smart Hub local energy scheme demonstrator, one of four projects to have been announced by UK energy minister Claire Perry. The project will take place in West Sussex and aims to integrate energy management across council housing, private residential properties, transport infrastructure and commercial properties. It plans to use innovative technologies, including a hybrid hydrogen and electric vehicle filling station, alongside more established ones such as heat networks. Flexitricity’s technology will be used to establish a virtual power plant which can monitor and respond to energy demand and generation in the local area. Other partners in the project include Honda Motor Europe, Connected Energy, ITM Power, Moixa Technology, Passiv-Systems, Switch2 Energy and West Sussex County Council.
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