Summary: Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) is one of four smart energy systems demonstrator projects recently funded by InnovateUK. These demonstrators will show how businesses can develop local energy approaches at scale that will create better outcomes for consumers and promote economic growth for the UK. By the early 2020s, the demonstrator programme aims to prove that smarter local energy systems can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy services. The ESO project aim is to research and demonstrate scalable solutions for electric vehicle charging, battery storage and provision of electrically-supplied heat. Novel battery storage technologies and control systems will be demonstrated. Vehicle charging will be offered to a range of local electric fleets including buses, taxis and waste collection vehicles. Around 300 homes will be heated using ground source heat pumps. Amongst its innovations, ESO will apply machine learning approaches and use direct connection to the electricity transmission system. It should deliver economic benefits for the local area, and demonstrate the potential of these technologies and businesses models for many other areas of the UK. The ESO project consortium consists of Pivot Power LLP, Habitat Energy Limited, Kensa, Oxford City Council, RedT Energy, and Oxford University (Engineering Science and ECI).
Speaker: David Howey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, where he leads a research group focused on modelling, diagnostics and control of electrochemical energy devices and systems, with a particular focus on batteries. He has active current research on degradation, thermal and electrochemical modelling, data driven health prediction, parameter estimation, and control of grid energy storage, sponsored by EPSRC, the Faraday Institution, InnovateUK and companies including Siemens and Continental AG. He is an IEEE Senior Member, ECS Member, and editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. Website http://epg.eng.ox.ac.uk/howey