The BankEnergi concept can be applied wherever there are clusters of assets suitable for local energy trading. As a recipient of support from the Government’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PfER) fund, BankEnergi is keen that its key technology components are available for use by other projects supported by the fund. In particular, it is working closely with a project based in Islington, looking at smart heat networks, called GreenSCIES (Green Smart Community Integrated Energy System), with two partners active in both projects.
GreenSCIES is a revolutionary low carbon smart energy grid that aims to deliver a solution which can provide low carbon and low cost transport, power and heat to a total of 12,500 homes in the London Borough of Islington.
Cleverly concealed underground, the new smart energy grid – which has currently reached design stage – will provide an answer to the challenge of powering inner cities of the future, revolutionising the way we live now and transforming lives, homes and businesses into sustainable energy districts, while tackling fuel poverty and the negative effects of climate change.
When constructed, GreenSCIES systems will deliver low carbon heat, mobility and power to an estimated 33,000 residents and nearly 70 local businesses in Islington. The new smart energy grid will help to reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 80% compared to conventional systems, while addressing fuel poverty by providing a significant reduction on consumer bills. The system will also deliver air quality improvements by reducing pollutants while improving provision of local skills training and job prospects, helping to invigorate local economies.
As a ‘fifth-generation’ energy network, GreenSCIES goes further than previous projects in the UK. The system works by sharing heating and cooling between buildings, to ensure a balanced energy supply across the network: waste heat is captured from secondary heat sources – including office buildings, data centres and the public transport network. The temperature of the waste heat is then raised or cooled using heat pumps before being distributed to homes, businesses and communities, all year round. The GreenSCIES approach will be relevant wherever there are sources of surplus heat, such as from large data centres, industrial processes and mine water.
The smart energy network will use artificial intelligence to connect power from intermittent renewable energy sources, including solar power, to flexible electricity demands from heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points. This will deliver clean, locally produced energy, reduce pollution and support the transition to low carbon transport.
Graeme Maidment, Professor of Heating and Cooling in the School of Engineering at London South Bank University (LSBU) and Director of GreenSCIES consortium, said:
People often assume that universities only work with large corporations, but GreenSCIES demonstrates how we can bring together a broad and diverse team, including small businesses, that will enrich teaching, investigate policy models and help Islington achieve its target of being a net carbon zero borough by 2030.
The ground-breaking engineering science behind GreenSCIES has been developed by the GreenSCIES consortium – a collection of 16 partners led by LSBU, Islington Council and Transport for London (TfL), but including a number of small and medium sized enterprises, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund PfER stream.
Two partners are actively involved in both the BankEnergi3 and GreenSCIES projects, ensuring that there is no duplication of effort and maximising the impact of the BankEnergi solution.