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) is a world-first project pioneering a model for the rapid decarbonisation of power, transport and heat in cities across the UK and worldwide. It is a key part of Oxford City's Council's response to the climate emergency.

It is showcasing rapid electric vehicle charging, hybrid battery energy storage systems, low carbon heating, and smart energy management to improve air quality and support Oxford’s journey to zero carbon.

ESO aims to save 10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by 2021, rising to 25,000 tonnes per year by 2032.

You can get all the latest news on ESO here

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.

The latest news on ReFLEX Orkney is available here.

Project LEO is taking a Distribution System Operator (DSO) approach to implement 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. 

LEO is working to improve our understanding of how opportunities can be maximised and unlocked from the transition to a smarter, flexible electricity system and how households, businesses and communities can realise its benefits.

Key up with latest news on LEO here.