GreenScies: Project for a New Smart Energy Grid
The GreenScies consortium has experience in large infrastructure projects, heating and cooling networks, renewable energy, artificial intelligence, developing new business models and engagement with local communities.
GreenSCIES is funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund on Prospering From the Energy Revolution. The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund brings together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal changes of our time.
The project usually conducts activities in London but has involved SWM members Cenex and the West Midlands Combined Authority for a scheme in Sandwell. The project will aim to deliver a solution which can provide low carbon and low-cost transport, power and heat to a total of 12,500 homes in Sandwell, alongside Islington in London.
How it Works and Benefits
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 and 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. By drawing on waste heat produced by data centres that support the Internet, the smart grid will channel energy from the Internet to power homes, offices and transport networks of the future.
The smart energy network will generate power from renewable energy sources while connecting to the electricity grid and to electric vehicles. The aspiring benefits will deliver clean, locally produced energy while reducing pollution and supporting a transition to low carbon transport.
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