PFER Demonstrators

A range of large scale smart local energy system Demonstrators across the UK have been funded through the Prospering From an Energy Revolution (PFER) Programme. The EnergyREV team will collaborate with these Demonstrator projects to not only to enhance the delivery of the projects but to inform future development of further smart local energy systems in the UK and Internationally :

Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) Project

Project Lead - Pivot Power LLP

Consortia - Habitat Energy Limited, Kensa, Oxford City Council, RedT Energy and the University of Oxford

Superhub Oxford aims to show how stress can be removed from local networks by tapping into the national grid system to provide fast charging for vehicle fleets, electrical heating to local properties, and using artificial intelligence (AI) based grid response services via a novel flow battery deployment to generate revenue to help drive an investable business model.

The Energy Superhub Oxford will showcase electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems, low carbon heating and smart energy management technologies to support Oxford City Council's journey to zero carbon. ESO aims to deliver savings of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by 2021, rising to 44,000 tonnes per year by 2032.

The ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney project will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind Integrated Energy System (IES), interlinking local electricity, transport and heat networks into one system. The project aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

ReFLEX Orkney will prove how a system that generates more electricity from renewables than the local grid can cope with can be optimised locally to make the most of that resource; a set of circumstances that other parts of the world are very likely to face in the future as the cost of renewables plummets. An AI-based virtual energy system platform will be installed that optimises supply and demand across heat, power and mobility by micro-trading of the flexibility available in heat pumps, heat storage, batteries, electric vehicle charging and hydrogen production for ferries and buses across the Orkney Islands.

Project LEO will take a Distribution System Operator (DSO) approach to implementing new energy projects across the city, and to facilitating future forecasting and planning. A local energy marketplace will enable virtual aggregation of loads and the ability to dispatch flexibility across a range of projects, as well as execute local peer-to-peer trading. A data interface with the DSO will enable better active network management and visibility/forecasting of local constraints.

Local Energy Oxfordshire aims to demonstrate a competitive local energy marketplace using new intelligence in the local networks and operated by a range of competing market players and suppliers. Low carbon projects around the area will plug into this local marketplace to enable optimal use of local resources, balancing supply and demand across power, heat and transport and smoothing load on the network through peer to peer trading.


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