Loughborough, England — (METERING.COM) — February 26, 2013 – The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has launched four projects worth more than £1 million to help catalogue the technology infrastructure and identify the ICT as well as the value chains required to develop, design, test and demonstrate a first of a kind smart energy system for the U.K.
The ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) technology program will develop an integrated system to distribute low carbon heat and provide energy services around the nation’s cities in a cost effective and secure manner, according to a statement.
Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Europe will lead a £0.5 million project to help identify and characterize the technologies that are required for the successful deployment of a smart energy system. Other partners will include EDF Energy, Element Energy, David Vincent & Associates and Imperial Consultants.
Hitachi Europe is also the prime contractor on a £100,000 project to identify the requirements for the ICT system needed to support the deployment of the smart heat system. Consultancy DNV Kema will lead on a separate, parallel £100,000 ICT project to the one with Hitachi.
In the fourth project, consultancy Frontier Economics will lead on a £0.6 million project to address how value can be achieved across the entire smart systems value chain. All four projects are due to be completed by the summer.
“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,” said Dr Grant Bourhill, ETI’s Smart Systems and Heat director. “These projects are essential to fulfilling our aim of launching the first of a kind smart energy system in the U.K.”
These four projects are intended to build on the £3 million Consumer Response and Behavior research project the ETI launched in November 2012, which should lead to a comprehensive behavioral study involving thousands of householders, focused on heat and energy consumption in the U.K.