A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) project in West Sussex which is aiming to streamline how low-carbon energy is generated, stored, traded and consumed is still running “at full speed” despite the economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The SmartHubs Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES) project in West Sussex led by Connected Energy, was first announced last year after it received £13m of funding through the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The £31m project will act as a demonstrator to facilitate the decarbonisation of heat, transport and energy across social housing, transport, infrastructure and private residential and commercial properties in West Sussex. This week, the project partners, which include ITM Power, Moixa Technology, ICAX, PassivSystems, Newcastle University, West Sussex County Council and Connected Energy, confirmed that the data aspects of the project are all rolling out as planned. Despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the partners confirmed that systems design and data modelling for the VPP SLES has not been postponed.
Edie 27th May 2020 read more »