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Element Energy trialling an online platform using smart meter data to boost SME access to energy efficiency

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Following a successful small-scale pilot last year, Element Energy has launched a year-long trial of an online platform, using small businesses’ smart meter data and business characteristics to provide tailored feedback and advice on energy efficiency.

The platform enables businesses to calculate typical savings and payback times for investing in efficient equipment and other efficiency measures, based on their existing equipment and usage. It also provides tailored comparative feedback on how each SME’s energy usage compares to similar businesses, along with many other features to help businesses engage with their energy usage and support them to invest in energy efficiency. Feedback from the pilot phase was positive, for example multiple users reported that the advice around energy efficient investments was particularly valuable and the calculator tools were helpful for assessing whether specific investments were appropriate for their businesses.

The project is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under Phase 2 of the Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency (BASEE) competition. The trial is being run in partnership with Opus Energy (part of Drax Group) and Octopus Energy, with trial participants coming from the customer bases of these energy suppliers. The participants include a wide variety of SME businesses from the retail, hospitality and office sectors. The trial will run until March 2021 and aims to demonstrate the benefits of the platform to SME businesses and to further enhance the platform to be suited to SMEs across all business sectors.

For more information on this project please contact Jonathan Stokeld and Mark Hughes.

Posted in Buildings, Energy Networks, Smart Energy Systems

Peterborough council-led partnership to design the largest smart city regeneration project in the UK

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Plans for the design of the largest smart city-wide energy system in the UK have been unveiled. The £2m scheme will cut energy bills and provide green heat, electricity and transport for residents.

The Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure project (PIRI) combines a next generation heat network, electricity network and EV infrastructure under one holistic scheme.

Led by Peterborough City Council the two-year project has been granted funding to begin the design of a local, smart energy system. The partnership includes: SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK.

The PIRI project brings together energy generation, demand and storage, thereby unlocking efficiencies not deliverable under our existing, traditional energy systems. It is envisaged to be especially effective in areas where the electricity network is constrained; as well serving as a blueprint for other urban locations across the UK.

PIRI will be part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge and unlock major social and economic value for the Peterborough area from 2022. Significant private sector investment has been secured for and by members of the partnership who each have existing decarbonisation expertise.

The project is one of five to win funding to create a pipeline of innovative and investable local energy system designs that will be ready to roll out across the UK in the 2020s.

Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK whilst also being committed to reducing its carbon emissions. Its PIRI project aims to deliver a significant drop in CO2 emissions by 2030, whilst cutting energy bills by up to a quarter.

Cllr Marco Cereste, cabinet member for the environment at Peterborough City Council, said: “This exciting announcement will give Peterborough the opportunity to use its own green, locally produced electricity and heat to benefit residents. It’s a landmark step in our aim to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and will be the most exciting and innovative clean, green energy project the city and indeed the country has ever seen.”

Nathan Sanders, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Distributed Energy, said: “PIRI is an exciting project for us to be investing in. We hope it will demonstrate the potential of smart cities to drive local decarbonisation in a commercially viable manner.

“It takes a ‘whole systems approach’ to energy one step further by integrating all socio-technical elements into one solution that can help councils hit their net zero targets. We are proud to work with leading partners and an enlightened council leadership to enhance the lives of UK citizens.”

Jim Kent, CEO at Smarter Grid Solutions, said: “We are very excited to join a world-class team and demonstrate how system flexibility and commercial models, such as Energy as a Service, can be used by forward-thinking cities like Peterborough, to deliver on their ambitious net zero plans whilst also reducing energy costs for citizens and enabling economic growth.”

Shane Slater, founding director and Smart Energy Systems team leader for Element Energy, said: “Our future energy supply can be clean and low cost, but this comes with a key challenge of much greater variability in energy generation.

“Element is delighted to support PIRI, which will demonstrate how integration of the diverse energy demands of heat, transport, and electricity, balancing supply and demand across day-to-day and seasonal variations, can deliver an efficient energy infrastructure that will be clean, secure and affordable for end users for decades to come.”

Max Joy, president at Sweco UK, commented: “We can’t underestimate the challenges in achieving net zero carbon and, by the same token, the ambitious nature of this project. The real brilliance in the approach, which will also be the defining element of its success, is to integrate wider infrastructure into energy management where all strands can play together.

“Taking this holistic perspective means that far greater benefits will be realised, hitting the sweet spot between environmental gains and commercial viability, while Peterborough will lead the way as a sustainable city of the future.”

Processor Simon Pollard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Water, Energy and Environment and International at Cranfield University, said: “Cranfield University has a growing portfolio on smart cities and is delighted to contribute its expertise to PIRI.

“Sharing the learning from practical projects like this has proven instrumental to ensuring that communities and industry benefits from innovative designs.  This unique partnership will help Peterborough and the UK achieve real energy system improvements.”

Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “Every corner of the UK has a part to play as we eliminate our contribution to climate change entirely by 2050. This innovative project in Peterborough will deliver energy savings and reduce carbon emissions – a win-win for communities and the environment.”

Rob Saunders, Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UKRI said: “This innovative project provides new approaches to delivering our net zero commitments by delivering cleaner, cheaper energy services while creating more prosperous and resilient communities.

“But as well as their benefits to consumers, this project, as part of the Clean Growth Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge, place UK industry at the forefront of the global shift to clean energy systems and economies.”








For more details on this project, please contact Sam Foster.

Alternatively, for further information/interview requests please contact Ed Black at SSE Enterprise at edward.black@sse.com or 07584 313 782.

Posted in Buildings, Energy Networks, Smart Energy Systems

Gigastack Phase One Feasibility Study: Identifying a route to low-cost, zero-carbon hydrogen at Gigawatt-scale

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Gigastack Phase 2 was publicly launched on 18th February 2020 to demonstrate the delivery of bulk, low-cost, zero-carbon hydrogen in the UK to Gigawatt scale. This project brings together a consortium comprised of ITM Power, Ørsted, Phillips 66 and Element Energy to show how renewable hydrogen derived from offshore wind can support the UK’s 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emission target. This project is built upon the foundations of Gigastack Phase 1. Funded by BEIS’ Hydrogen Supply Competition, the Gigastack Phase 1 feasibility study enabled ITM Power, Ørsted and Element Energy to demonstrate the potential for renewable hydrogen for the UK. As a result of this project, the consortium delivered the following primary conclusions:

  • ITM Power has furthered the designs of its next generation of innovative stack technology. The new 5MW stack will enable the development of the 100MW electrolyser systems that are required to meet the UK’s legally binding net zero target by 2050. These installations will come at a fraction of today’s cost, with the installed electrolyser system costing less than £400/kW.
  • These stacks will benefit from cost reductions due to ITM Power’s new Giga-Factory at Bessemer Park, Sheffield. This will come about due to standardisation and industrialisation. As a result of the capacity modelling and machine analysis, the factory will manufacture 60 stacks per year from 2023 (300MW/yr), tending towards 200 stacks per year in the mid-2020s (1GW/yr).
  • The most significant contributor to the cost of renewable hydrogen is the cost of the electrical input. Work by Element Energy and Ørsted assessed siting the electrolyser in innovative locations and exploiting electrolyser-windfarm configurations to reduce these costs. Today, the cost of renewable hydrogen from grid-connected electrolysers is more than £8/kg. The pathways analysed here for the new 5MW electrolyser and power supply, without full exposure to grid fees, could deliver a produced renewable hydrogen relative cost saving of more than 50%. With further regulatory intervention, commercial optimisation, industrialisation and increased production volumes of electrolysers the results of the feasibility study show further potential cost reductions of up to 50% (scenario dependent).
  • Combined the reduced stack cost, increased manufacturing capacity and the innovative technical configurations enabled the consortium to identify viable business cases for supplying hydrogen to industry and transport end-users. This is enabled through cost competitive renewable and high purity hydrogen at a range of scales, not possible for reformers with carbon capture and storage (CCS) due to the high purification costs and inflexibility in build capacity.
  • An analysis of the hydrogen demand from target markets for renewable hydrogen (i.e. industry, transport, hydrogen for heat) both nationally and internationally from 2020 to 2030 validates ITM Power’s proposal decision to ramp-up to a factory capacity of 1GW/yr over an accelerated timeframe. In all scenarios considered, the hydrogen market deemed accessible to ITM Power’s new 5MW stack far exceeded their production rate of 1GW/yr from 2025. The High Ambition scenario even demonstrated that two additional factories of similar capacity would be required to satisfy the accessible demand by 2030.

The Public Report provides in greater detail the findings from this study and the need for renewable electrolytic hydrogen at scale in the UK.

For further information, please contact Matt Wilson or visit www.gigastack.co.uk.

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Northern Powergrid publishes Distribution Future Energy Scenarios

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Northern Powergrid, the Distribution Network Operator for  Yorkshire, the Northeast and northern Lincolnshire, has published their Distribution Future Energy Scenarios presenting different potential futures for the region they serve based upon analysis performed by Element Energy. Element Energy produced regionally bespoke scenarios of future demand and generation for Northern Powergrid based upon the 2019 Future Energy Scenarios published by National Grid, the Electricity System Operator for Great Britain. These scenarios feed into the Element Energy Load Growth model that Element Energy built for Northern Powergrid as part of a recent Network Innovation Allowance project. This tool allows them to investigate the impact of the different future demand and generation scenarios on their distribution network to help them plan for how the electricity network can support decarbonisation in their region. These regional forecasts, including the uptake of low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles, can be investigated at a local authority level in an interactive online tool. Northern Powergrid are now running consultations, supported by Element Energy and ODI Leeds, to get feedback from local stakeholders on their plans for decarbonisation to help inform the next iteration of their Distribution Future Energy Scenarios.

You can see the full Northern Powergrid press release here.

For more details on this work please contact Jake Howe or Mark Hughes.












Posted in Energy Networks

Hy4Heat WP6 has shown that switching industrial heating equipment to hydrogen is technically feasible, with large potential to support initiation of the hydrogen economy in the 2020s

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Element Energy’s recent report for BEIS Hy4Heat programme shows that it is technically feasible to use clean hydrogen fuel in many industrial heating applications through equipment modification. Key challenges to hydrogen conversion were found to include changes in heat transfer characteristics, increased NOx emissions and changes in flue gas composition, but solutions are already emerging. Small scale hydrogen boilers already exist, and it is thought that industrial equipment such as furnaces, steam boilers, ovens and kilns could be commercially ready by the mid-2020s. The overall capital investment required to convert large UK industrial sites on the <7bar gas network to hydrogen, including the natural gas heating equipment, was estimated at £1.0 – £3.9 billion for costs in scope. To find out more about the potential for hydrogen fuel use in industry, see the full report

For more information on the Hy4Heat programme see www.hy4heat.info

For more information on Element Energy’s study please contact Emrah Durusut (emrah.durusut@element-energy.co.uk).

Posted in Buildings, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Smart Energy Systems

Element Energy-led project UKESL demonstrates grading and sorting of end of life Nissan EV batteries, for the first time in the UK

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A new public report produced by Element Energy summarises the key activities of the UK Energy Storage Lab project and the implications for the battery and energy storage sectors

Once EV batteries have fulfilled their life-span for automotive applications, they are usually recycled. However many automotive batteries have enough life left in them after the car is scrapped for ‘second-life’ uses. To do this, it is necessary to “grade” the used batteries – identifying whether they are suitable for use as spare parts or “second life”.

Car company Nissan were keen to explore ways to make a much faster grading process for their used Nissan LEAF’s batteries. Part-funded by BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) the ‘UK Energy Storage Laboratory’ project was launched, where 50 Nissan LEAF batteries were used to develop the existing grading process led by Nissan, WMG, AMETEK and Element Energy.

WMG developed a methodology for used automotive Lithium-ion batteries, at pack level. This methodology was successfully transferred to a pilot facility, where the target of 1MWh of packs graded for second-life energy storage applications was achieved.

In addition, WMG developed ways of grading modules – the sub-components of battery packs in as little as 3 minutes – a process which previously took over 3 hours. The algorithm was integrated into AMETEK’s machine with the aim to commercialise the prototype as a new product.

Second-life battery packs can provide reliable and convenient energy storage options for customers with solar panels and for customers in need of electricity on the move. Crucially, the packs can be used for storage of intermittent renewable energy.

Celine Cluzel, Director, Element Energy comments:
“Reconditioning car batteries has to become business as usual – it makes sense environmentally and commercially. This project has proven a scalable process to deploy reconditioning and represents a significant milestone in the UK pathway to net zero emissions.”

The full press release can be found on WMG’S Website.

For more information on this project, please see the UKESL Public Report here or contact Sarah Clements (sarah.clements@element-energy.co.uk).








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The Hy-Impact series of 4 studies shows the role of hydrogen and CCS in reaching net-zero emissions

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The 4 ‘Hy-Impact’ reports for Equinor outline the opportunity for hydrogen in the UK net-zero transition, including technical and economic perspectives.

The Hy-Impact series of studies explores the technical and economic impacts of deploying hydrogen and CCS technologies in the UK. Blue hydrogen is capable of decarbonising industry, heat, transport and power.















The studies assess aspects from job creation to emissions reduction, and hydrogen production to its end-use, including complementing renewables in the power sector. The studies were carried out for Equinor, a long-term energy investor in the UK in a broad range of areas and also the country’s largest supplier of natural gas.

The studies aimed to answer a number of remaining questions around hydrogen deployment in the UK and concluded that:

  • Hydrogen and CCS deployment could enable over 200,000 jobs and could add £18 billion to the UK economy in 2050.
  • There is sufficient bioenergy to enable large-scale net-negative hydrogen production in the UK, through blending of biomethane into the reformer feedstock.
  • Hydrogen and CCS power technologies can cost-effectively replace planned nuclear and unabated gas power plants, while reducing electricity grid carbon intensity by 24%.
  • The Yorkshire and Humber region could represent an opportunity for development of an early hydrogen economy.

Click on the covers below to read our full reports

Hy-Impact summary













Hydrogen for economic growth

Net-zero hydrogen production














Hydrogen for power

H2 in Yorkshire & Humber













Plans are already developing in the UK to deploy hydrogen and CCS at scale and realise the associated benefits. For example, Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures announced the Zero Carbon Humber partnership earlier this year, aiming to deliver the UK’s first zero carbon cluster in the Yorkshire and Humber region; this would help position the UK at the heart of the global energy revolution. The proposed hydrogen demonstrator and test facility could be constructed as early as 2026, with scale-up and supply to regional end-users to follow.

For further information on the Hy-Impact series, please contact Emrah Durusut Emrah.Durusut@element-energy.co.uk. Click here for further information on the Zero Carbon Humber initiative.

Posted in CCS, CCUS & Industrial Decarbonisation, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Power Generation

Energywise project wins the Energy Institute Award for Community Initiative of the Year

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The Energywise project has recently been awarded the Energy Institute (EI) Award for Community Initiative of the Year (EIAwards 2019). Element Energy is one of the project partners on this important Ofgem funded Low Carbon Networks Fund project led by UK Power Networks. The project involved a number of energy efficiency and demand flexibility trials which investigated how households that may be struggling with their energy bills can access the benefits of energy efficiency and participate in a future smart flexible energy system.

Element Energy’s role in the project spanned the design of the first Critical Peak Rebate scheme trialled with pre-payment customers in the UK to a detailed analysis of the large smart meter and substation load monitoring datasets collected during the trials to determine the network impacts of energy efficiency savings and demand shifting from 550 households in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Thank you to the team at UK Power Networks and the other project partners for the great collaboration on this project.

For more information about this project please contact Richard Deuchler (Richard.Deuchler@element-energy.co.uk)

Posted in Energy Networks, Smart Energy Systems

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles descended on Hamburg for the 2019 Hydrogen for Clean Transport – H2ME Mid-Term Conference summary

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Thirteen vehicles, starting in five countries across Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway), travelled nearly 6,000km to demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen mobility and the expanding network of refuelling stations.

The conference was attended by ~150 delegates with presentations from the FCH JU, H2 Mobility Deutschland, Element Energy, Cenex, Toyota Motor Europe, Symbio, Daimler, Nel H2, Fraunhofer ISE, Hynamics, Air Liquide, New Energy Coalition, EIFER and Hydrogen Europe.

The road trip marks the efforts in part due to funded installations from the pan-European Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME). The project, coordinated by Element Energy and made possible by funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), assesses the technical and commercial readiness of vehicles, fuelling stations and hydrogen production techniques. To date, the €170 million demonstration project has funded the installation of 32 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) across Europe, with a target of up to 49 by 2022.

The road trip utilised 15 HRSs, only a fraction of the 137 HRSs in Europe, which are now available to view on the recently launched European HRS Availability System.  More findings from the H2ME project were shared at this year’s Conference. The Hydrogen for Clean Transport Conference, which showcases the advances made by hydrogen technology in the transport sector, brought together sector experts to share emerging conclusions from the H2ME FCH JU-funded projects. All presentations from the conference can be viewed here.

To find out more about the H2ME European Road Trip, watch the video here.

For more information about the conference, H2ME, and Element Energy’s work in hydrogen technology, contact Lisa Ruf (lisa.ruf@element-energy.co.uk).

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management

New analysis by Element Energy supported the Zero Carbon Humber Roadmap

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A new report providing the most detailed assessment yet of how the UK can develop the world’s first zero carbon industrial cluster has been published on the Zero Carbon Humber website.

The proposals published by the Zero Carbon Humber campaign, led by multinational energy firms Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures, could help protect 55,000 jobs and deliver the biggest contribution to the UK’s climate goals of any industrial region.

Capture for Growth: Creating the world’s first zero carbon economy sets out how the region could deliver the government’s world-leading ambition to establish the first ‘net zero’ carbon industrial cluster in the UK by 2040, helping the Humber to compete on the world stage by attracting new investment, industries and employment.

The proposals are supported by new analysis by Element Energy, which finds that if the world’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster is developed in the Humber region, 53 million tonnes of CO2 a year could be captured – that’s around 15% of the UK’s current annual CO2 emissions. They would also help save industrial businesses in the region carbon taxes of up to £27.5bn by 2040 helping to protect jobs and competitiveness.

An Executive Summary based on modelling work conducted by Element Energy for the Zero Carbon Humber Consortium has been published. The study assessed the Zero Carbon Humber Consortium’s investment plans in the Yorkshire and Humber region, as well as potential hydrogen and CCUS users, the likelihood of adoption, the potential roll-out schedule and a detailed economic impact assessment has been carried out.

For more information on Element Energy’s studies please contact Emrah Durusut (CCUS and Industrial Decarbonisation team lead).

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