Jumpstarting the energy revolution

Four projects under the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge have been announced that could help develop local systems delivering cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy.

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry unveiled the projects that range from charging electric vehicles and managing heating and power through machine learning to storing power with lithium-ion batteries and using heat pumps.

The projects are the Energy Superhub in Oxford, led by Pivot Power, ReFLEX Orkney, Orkney, led by the European Marine Energy Centre, Project Leo (Local Energy Oxfordshire), led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Smart Hub SLES, West Sussex, led by Advanced Infrastructure.

Perry said: “We are at the start of a green revolution, as we move to more digital, data-driven smart systems that will bring us cleaner and cheaper energy. These projects, backed by government funding, are set to spark a transformation and change the way we interact with energy for the better as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”

As part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the £102.5 million Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge is tasked with developing capabilities in local systems that deliver cleaner, cheaper and more resilient energy for consumers, while also creating high-value jobs for the UK.

The challenge brings together businesses working with the best research and expertise to transform the way energy is delivered and used. This includes providing energy in ways that consumers want by linking low-carbon power, heating and transport systems with energy storage and advanced IT to create intelligent local energy systems and services. The funding is awarded competitively by UK Research and Innovation, a new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

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