29th March 2012
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has today (29 March) announced it is seeking partners for a new comprehensive consumer behaviour study into the field of smart system technology and heat. The announcement comes as the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), announce their heat strategy for the country, showing the growing importance of heat efficiency as the UK looks to address its future energy challenges.
The ETI is focused on the acceleration of the development of affordable, clean and secure technologies that will help the UK meet its legally binding 2050 climate change targets. The ETI is currently putting the finishing touches to the design of a new programme that will aim to answer a number of demand and supply side questions to assist in the design of smart energy systems that can minimise the collective impact of more than 60 million people on the UK’s energy system for heat consumption.
The aim of this study is to provide insight into how demand for heat (hot water and space heating) can be controlled to meet consumer needs in both a place and time that they are prepared to pay for and is delivered in the most cost effective and secure way. The findings will help determine further work of the ETI in this area throughout 2012 and beyond.
The ETI has today issued a Request for Proposals for interested parties to participate in this study. The deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 3rd May with the closing date for submissions 25th May.
Commenting on the project, Dr David Clarke, chief executive of the ETI said: “We are keen to gain a better understanding of UK consumer’s behaviour to plot a clear understanding of the likely demand for heat in this country in the future. This study is to provide that understanding. From these findings we will look towards the design, development and demonstration of new technology to meet these demands in an affordable, clean and secure manner.”
“DECC today has announced their heat strategy. This is an important document that provides a framework of issues that need to be addressed in the coming years. Our work will seek to complement this strategy as we develop our future modelling of smart system technology.”
Notes to Editors:
For further information, please call Richard Robinson at the ETI on 01509 202026 or 07500 049626
• DECC’s Heat Strategy as published on 29 March - http://tinyurl.com/ch7f2wl
• The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is a public-private partnership between global industries – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government
• Public sector representation is through the administration of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with funding channelled through the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the Board
• The ETI is focused on accelerating the deployment of affordable, secure low-carbon energy systems for 2020 to 2050 by demonstrating technologies, developing knowledge, skills and supply-chains and informing the development of regulation, standards and policy.