News: Innovative Design Options for Smart Local Energy System in Cities

Akos Revesz of LSBU and Kristina Roszynski of Cullinan Studio, partners in the GreenSCIES project, presented a paper at the 5th Healthy City Design 2021 International Congress on 13th October 2021.

They explained that integrated smart local energy systems (SLES) will be a key solution for the supply of low-carbon, low-cost energy and mobility in most large densely populated areas by 2050 in the UK. GreenSCIES is an innovative project calling for a detailed design of a fifth generation SLES in the London Borough of Islington. The SLES integrates mobility, power, heating and cooling, and will deliver low-carbon affordable energy to the local community. GreenSCIES has developed novel engineering value design solutions for critical network infrastructure, as previous feasibility studies have identified that the high capital cost of SLES is a major barrier to uptake and replication.

Four options for locating the heat network pipes
Four options for locating the heat network pipes

Specifically, the high costs associated with trenching for the heat network pipework and distribution cabling, and the construction of energy centres, are big barriers to implementation. GreenSCIES is exploring innovative design options from an early concept stage, discussing and evaluating capital cost, environmental benefit and practical considerations. The novel design options have been placed in a viability matrix with a view to replication elsewhere in the UK, and are intentionally not location-specific to Islington. Therefore, the methodology can apply to the next stage of GreenSCIES and other urban energy network projects across the UK and beyond.