The UK’s energy environment is a complex set of needs, technologies and choices. Given the challenges, how do we prepare for the future?
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.
- 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.
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27 March 2013