Why Local Energy Systems
Many countries are responding to global climate change by setting targets to cut carbon emissions, through generating clean renewable electricity from wind, wave and solar systems. This is already delivering big reductions in the electrical grid’s carbon intensity in the UK.
Moving to a lower carbon energy system presents many opportunities to improve the way we heat and cool our homes and businesses, power appliances and industry, and fuel our vehicles. Electric cars and bicycles are becoming widely available, and electricity is also being used to drive buses, vans and taxis.
Low carbon heating and cooling using heat pumps offers significant environmental benefits over conventional heating or cooling systems such as gas boilers or air-conditioners. They also enable the sharing of heat between different applications or between buildings in a neighbourhood. Sharing of heat in this way provides the opportunity to deliver extremely efficient, ultra low carbon, bivalent cooling and heating between buildings. In addition, heat pumps also present the opportunity to utilise heat from secondary and renewable sources such as heat from the tube, which would otherwise be wasted.
Smart Low Carbon Solutions
The uptake of renewables is resulting in large reductions in grid carbon intensity. However, with increasing amounts of intermittent renewables on the grid, a progressive move to electric vehicles, and heat pumps, the resulting increased peak load on the network is making the balancing of generation and demand more difficult. Local energy systems can intelligently link energy supply, storage and use, and power heating and transport in ways that dramatically improve efficiency. Local energy systems deliver mobility, power and heat technologies in one system. This enables using the lowest carbon energy sources in the most optimum way and, by doing so, meeting our future carbon emission targets and providing cleaner and cheaper energy.
Why Local Energy Systems
Benefits of Local Energy Systems
Local energy systems will help the UK to meet air quality targets at lower investment costs, avoid power cuts and ensure its compliance with the fifth carbon budget (from 2028). In part, this will be done by reducing the need for future and expensive reinforcement of the electricity grid. Local energy systems also offer a huge market opportunity, with a potential £1.5 trillion a year estimated to be invested in global energy infrastructure. There’s massive potential for creating high value jobs across the UK. For these reasons the UK Government is promoting their development and uptake. This feeds well into the Government’s Industrial Strategy. This is set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the Smart Energy Systems and Flexibility Plan and Industrial Strategy’s clean growth pillar.
Local energy systems involve ambitious energy systems established across the country. They will be developed to meet individual needs and different concepts will work better for rural, urban, domestic, industrial and commercial applications.
GreenSCIES will create one of the largest and most sophisticated local energy systems in the UK, with huge carbon and financial savings for its local community.
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