World-first Energy Superhub to be built in Oxford

Oxford Energy Superhub

A new £41 million Energy Superhub which will provide a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality will be built in Oxford making it a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality. The consortium partners are Oxford City Council, Pivot Power, Habitat Energy, Kensa Contracting, redT energy and the University of Oxford.

The Energy Superhub Oxford project involves the deployment of grid-scale energy storage and supports the decarbonisation of mobility, power and heat across the city, supporting Oxford City Council in its journey to zero carbon.

Pivot Power will create a new connection to the transmission network which will service the largest hybrid battery ever deployed, and power a 10 km network of charging stations that will kickstart an electric vehicle revolution across the city.

Habitat Energy, an Oxford-based firm, will be providing the intelligence to optimise the trading of the battery storage in the power markets, as well as the timing of the EV charging and heat pump activation to maximise value to the end consumer and benefit to the grid.

Kensa Contracting will install 300 UK designed and manufactured innovative low-carbon ground source heat pump systems, which will result in 25% lower running costs than traditional gas boilers.

redT energy, the UK-based energy storage infrastructure specialist, will showcase its cutting-edge vanadium flow machines.

The University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute and Department of Engineering Science will assess the impacts of the project and advise on how they can be replicated, both across the country and abroad.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will contribute around £10 million to support the £41 million Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project, which will showcase cutting-edge electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems, and low carbon heating, plus smart energy management technologies. ESO aims to deliver 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year saving by 2021, rising to 44,000 tonnes per year by 2032.

The Smart Local Energy Systems Demonstrator grant will significantly accelerate the delivery timescales of the Energy Superhub.

By 2020 the Energy Superhub Oxford consortium plans to launch the world’s largest hybrid lithium ion/vanadium redoxflow machineenergy storage system (50 MW) and a network of ultra-rapid and fast charging stations connected directly to the extra-high voltage transmission system. Money-saving ground source heat pumps will subsequently be installed in c.300 buildings and homes. The project proposes to locate the battery near Cowley substation, subject to planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council.

The City of Oxford will pioneer a model of rapid transport and heat electrification that can be rolled out to other cities to reduce air pollution and support government plans to decarbonise the UK economy. The University of Oxford, together with a UK university-led energy revolution research consortium dubbed EnergyREV and the Energy Systems Catapult “Energy Revolution Integration Service” (ERIS) will study the project to produce reports and recommendations that will support the rollout of similar initiatives elsewhere in the UK, and around the world.

The project aims to reduce emissions and improve public health by accelerating a switch to electric vehicles and decarbonising heating for homes and buildings. Smart software will manage the energy storage, electric vehicle charging and heat pumps, to reduce strainon the grid and allow it to accommodate more renewables. ESO will demonstrate an ecosystem of practical decarbonisation approaches by applying machine learning and grid scale energy storage infrastructure to bypass network constraints.