Smart Systems and Heat

Strategic Context

Energy use, especially heat in domestic properties is the biggest single load on the UK energy system. When looking towards how we meet the challenge of 2050 targets, this is against the backdrop that 80% of our 2050 housing stock already exists.

There is a current underperformance at a system level which dictates that smart energy systems for the future will enable optimum use of energy.
Our view is that this is not just about individual matters. Our belief is that it is a systems issue.

Our programme aim is to design a first of its kind Smart Energy System in the UK.

Hitachi have joined as a programme associate.

Programme aims

  • Understanding real mass-market consumer behaviour, requirements and profiles in order to design and communicate effective service products
  • The provision of energy services and integrated products (i.e. the physical elements) to consumers in domestic and commercial buildings (primarily domestic & retrofit)
  • Key focus on space and water heating (comfort, cleanliness), but including other energy service needs in or connected to buildings (e.g. vehicle charging)
  • Understanding the evolution of the whole energy system out to 2050, including buildings retrofits and energy distribution system choices.

Project summaries

Please click the following projects below for detail:

Consumer behaviour study

Project summary lead image Consumer behaviour study

ETI Investment

£3 million

Date announced

November 2012

Project Partners

  • Frontier Economics
  • Hitachi
  • NatCen Social Research
  • Peabody
  • PRP Architects LLP
  • The Technology Partnership plc
  • UCL

Overview

This project is a comprehensive behaviour study involving domestic and commercial consumers - focusing on their attitudes towards and requirements for heat - and its consumption in the UK.

It will involve thousands of households providing insights into consumer requirements for heat and energy services - both now and in the future. Particular focus is being placed upon identifying the behaviour that leads people to consume energy - in particular heat and hot water.

This project is one of five work areas in the first phase of the Smart Systems and Heat programme. This phase is focused on creating a design methodology and the detailed design of a smart energy system which can be demonstrated at scale.

Data Management and System Architecture

Project summary lead image Data Management and System Architecture

ETI Investment

£200k

Date announced

February 2013

Project Partners

  • Hitachi
  • DNV Kema

Overview

This project seeks to specify the data system functionality and architecture that would fulfil the information and service requirements of a smart energy system. This includes data security and privacy aspects.

Hitachi Europe and DNV Kema will work independently on two contracts that will identify any system constraints that need to be incorporated into smart energy system designs.

This project is one of five work areas in the first phase of the Smart Systems and Heat programme. This phase is focused on creating a design methodology and the detailed design of a smart energy system which can be demonstrated at scale.

Enabling Component Technologies

Project summary lead image Enabling Component Technologies

ETI Investment

£500k

Date announced

January 2013

Project Partners

  • Hitachi
  • EDF Energy
  • Element Energy
  • David Vincent and Associates
  • Imperial College London (consultants)

Overview

This project seeks to identify gaps in the range of potential smart systems technologies to accelerate the development of component technologies needed for a successful deployment of a smart energy system.

This project is one of five work areas in the first phase of the Smart Systems and Heat programme. This phase is focused on creating a design methodology and the detailed design of a smart energy system which can be demonstrated at scale.

Value Management and Delivery

Project summary lead image Value Management and Delivery

ETI Investment

£600k

Date announced

February 2013

Project Partners

  • Frontier Economics

Overview

This project will study how value can be delivered in the UK across a smart energy value chain.

It will seek to build a better understanding of how smart energy systems can deliver combined consumer value alongside commercial value for market participants - producers, suppliers, distributors. This analysis will help to make the commercial deployment of smart energy systems in the UK more likely.

This project is one of five work areas in the first phase of the Smart Systems and Heat programme. This phase is focused on creating a design methodology and the detailed design of a smart energy system which can be demonstrated at scale.