10th April 2012
Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced as part of his trade mission to Japan the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) new £100 million Smart Systems and Heat Programme. At the same time it was announced that Hitachi has become the first programme associate of the ETI – becoming a key delivery partner in this programme.
The ETI is a public-private partnership focused on the acceleration of the development of affordable, clean and secure technologies that will help the UK meet its 2050 climate change targets. This new programme is the largest in their history with an allocated programme budget of £100 million over its five year duration.
The ETI’s national energy modelling identifies more efficient use of energy as an immediate development priority for the UK. Previous work in the area of smart systems technology has been supply side driven and focused on electricity for power – this programme is - focused on demand management and reduction – especially for heat – and will have both a UK and Global impact. It will first develop greater understanding of future consumer demand and will then develop technologies to address mass market demand for heat in an economically viable manner for producers, suppliers and consumers
The five year programme will culminate in the demonstration of a first of its kind Smart Energy System in the UK.
Hitachi and Hitachi Europe Ltd which has a UK base in Maidenhead will bring leading expertise in systems design, integration and execution to the programme. They have committed to collaborate on the programme which will be undertaken working alongside other large companies, UK SMEs and leading academics.
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts who is accompanying the Prime Minister on the trade mission said: "The focus of this five-year ETI programme is to develop the first Smart Energy System demonstration of its kind in the UK. It has the potential to generate significant commercial opportunities and expand the UK's capability in low carbon technologies. The addition of Hitachi to this programme will enhance ETI's capability through its world leading expertise in systems integration. It is a further example of the UK's ability to attract global companies to invest in developing solutions to global problems in the UK."
Dr David Clarke, Chief Executive of the ETI comments: "Energy efficiency is a key priority the UK needs to address now if it is to meet the joint objectives of satisfying future customer demand and transitioning to a low carbon economy. The demand for heat in the future has to be understood and we have to find better ways of distributing it around our cities and around the country in a cost effective, clean and secure manner. This programme will help to develop and demonstrate the technologies required to achieve this aim and we strongly welcome the expertise that Hitachi will bring to new technology development."
Yutaka Saito, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer at Hitachi said: "We are excited to be working with the ETI in Smart Systems – focused on demand management and reduction. Demonstration results from this project can be deployed to other areas in consideration with demand side management and demand response in the world, especially for the high demand for heat."
Notes to Editors
For further information, please call Richard Robinson at the ETI on 01509 202026 or 07500 049626
• 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.