Element Energy have begun the third phase of their BEIS-funded initiative to develop and trial a web tool to provide customers with context and comparative feedback on energy use across the retail, hospitality and schools sectors. This follows their successful completion of the initial stage in which, working with project partners Octopus Energy, 19 schools and businesses trialled the early version. Insights from this four-month trial have informed the further development of the tool, and a new, updated version is now live, and being tested by a larger cohort of participants.
The tool – called Energy Comparison and Advice Tool (E-CAT) – presents smart meter data in intuitive and informative ways, and uses it to provide comparative feedback to SMEs and schools on how their electricity usage compares to similar organisations. It also includes a library of tailored energy saving measures, and a wide range of additional analysis and advice.
Recruitment is on-going, but limited to 200 participants. If your business or school would like to take part in the trial please register your interest at email@example.com.
Participants are paid £30 for taking part, and a further £20 for providing feedback on the tool and their experience of using it. Users across the retail (including shops, showrooms, hairdressers, etc.) and hospitality (pubs, cafés, restaurants, hotels) sectors are eligible, as are all schools. You do not need a smart meter to participate as we can provide energy monitoring equipment.
Element Energy, along with partners Jacobs and Cardiff University, are completing analysis on the potential use of full hydrogen for heat in industry, as part of the Hy4Heat Programme.
On 10th April, Element Energy led an industry workshop at BEIS to share findings on potential conversion of industrial heating equipment to ~100% hydrogen. The workshop was attended by over 40 participants from industrial sites, equipment manufacturers (OEMs), gas networks, BEIS and Hy4Heat. The aim of the workshop was to share and test the key findings of the study so far, as well as get input from industry on the challenges and enablers around industrial hydrogen conversion. Many valuable discussions were captured, with considerations around the technical, economic and strategic challenges, as well as the support and collaboration required from government, OEMs and industry for demonstration and potential roll-out.
The study is now nearing completion, with the results expected to be published in the summer.
Element Energy’s Shane Slater was invited to be the keynote speaker at the recent Innovation in Energy panel at the G3 Energy Summit. The G3 Energy Summit is an annual student-led energy conference, co-organised by the Energy Societies of Imperial College London, the London School of Economics and Political Science and University College London. It brings together leaders from across industry, politics and academia to discuss trends and issues within the energy sector.
Shane identified some rapid changes occurring in the energy sector across generation, demand and infrastructure. His presentation went on to identify some reasons why innovation does not progress further and some threats to progress in the future. To see his presentation please click here.
Element Energy has joined the Home Response project investigating domestic demand-side response (DSR), which is being led by the Mayor of London and includes project partners Moixa, Repowering London and UK Power Networks. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today launched Phase 2 of their domestic DSR competition which allocated £8,570,000 funding for projects that will trial innovative approaches to DSR in domestic applications, including nearly £930,000 for Home Response.
The Home Response project will look at how smart energy technology, data and energy services can be used in Londoners’ homes to cut energy bills and reduce energy use. It will also aim to reward energy flexibility and contribute to a smarter, cleaner energy system for London. At Element Energy we’re excited to join the Home Response team for Phase 2, the other partners having successfully completed the Phase 1 feasibility study last year. Element Energy will lead the Business Models and Exploitation work package of the trial, bringing our understanding of energy markets and the challenges of delivering value to domestic flexibility providers. We will work alongside the project partners to develop the innovative community energy-based business model to be tested in the project. Furthermore, we will produce the business model review and exploitation plan, upon project completion, to allow the learnings of the project to be exploited to ensure maximum benefit for the entire UK energy system.
We will also leverage our extensive experience in working on innovative trials of this nature to carry out the project monitoring and evaluation work package. In doing so, we will help to ensure successful delivery of this project which aims to help develop a smart and innovative energy system that is accessible to all participants.
For more information please contact Ian Walker or Jake Howe or visit the Mayor of London’s Home Response page here.
Element Energy have worked in collaboration with Clevercherry, a Birmingham-based creative agency, to develop Business Breathes – a website dedicated to helping businesses get to grips with the Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which will be launched in Birmingham city centre next year.
Business Breathes is the one-stop, go-to site for fleet managers and self-employed drivers that need to prepare for the introduction of CAZ in January 2020.
Element Energy produced the website content which provides visitors with information on low-emission vehicles that will comply with the CAZ requirements, grants and incentives that will be available if their business needs to upgrade their vehicles to avoid the charges, as well as recharging and refuelling points.
Business Breathes also has a host of handy features, such as a postcode checker to see if a business or location is within the CAZ zone and a ready reckoner to demonstrate how much money a low-emission option – such as an electric, gas or hydrogen vehicle – could save companies compared to a petrol or diesel model that does not comply with CAZ requirements.
This website has been launched as part of Brum Breathes, Birmingham City Council’s air quality campaign to reduce emissions of harmful pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) and particulate matter that cause poor air quality and associated health problems and it aims to encourage businesses to move over to cleaner vehicles.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “The Clean Air Zone will represent a significant change in terms of the way people travel around the city, so it is important that those who rely on the use of vehicles for their business are able to make the necessary preparations and access the relevant support ahead of its implementation in January 2020.
“The Business Breathes website provides a valuable one-stop shop for fleet managers and self-employed drivers to access the information they need to make the switch to greener, cleaner transport options, ensuring Birmingham stays open for business while also helping the city achieve cleaner air for those who live and work here.”
Two of Element Energy’s recent studies, on Industrial Carbon Capture Business Models and CO2 shipping, have now been published by BEIS and the evidence provided has supported the UK CCUS Action Plan.
The Industrial carbon capture (ICC) business models study assessed potential business models to cost-effectively incentivise ICC deployment in the short and medium term; the analysis considered the acceptability of potential policies and business models to both industry and the public sector.
The CO2 shipping study estimated the costs and potential for CO2 shipping between terminals in the UK and abroad, as well as to storage sites. It also identified the opportunities CO2 shipping brings to the UK, as well as the current barriers which must be overcome.
Zero Emission Bus Conference 2018 brings together battery and hydrogen buses to find solutions for zero emission society
On November 27th and 28th the second Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Conference took place in Cologne. In light of the zero emission regulations on local, national and European level for public transport, the German city was the perfect setting as it is one of the European leaders in decarbonising bus fleets. The ZEB conference aims to accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicles by sharing information and experiences and offering guidance in procurement and financing of new fleets.
The Zero Emission Bus Conference brought together 370+ policy makers, bus operators and industry experts to drive forward the realisation of zero emission public transport for Europe. During the two days, European bus manufacturers showcased the readiness level of their zero emission bus options and attendees were able to deep dive into the world of battery and hydrogen electric buses. Big announcements in the public transport sector took place during the two-day event, e.g. Nel Hydrogen announced the deployment of 600 buses in Europe in the in the framework of the H2Bus Europe project; Transdev and the Transport Region of Amsterdam (VRA) also announced plans to upscale their zero emission fleets in the upcoming years.
During the conference Mayor Reker of Cologne took the opportunity to sign the Declaration of Intent on promoting large-scale deployment of clean, alternatively fuelled buses in Europe and ceremoniously handed the signed declaration over to Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director General of Mobility & Transport for the European Commission. Ms Bakran commented on the signing: “We warmly welcome the City of Cologne signing the Clean Buses Declaration. We need to move fast if we want to have cleaner and healthier cities for the European citizens. Cities and local authorities have a key role to play to achieve a decarbonised Europe”.
Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary of Economy, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia, also emphasised the importance of clean public transport in his speech: “Zeroemission buses help us achieve our long-term goals and commitment to the Paris Agreement. Zeroemission public transport is not just a matter of drive, but also active change management. It is also a question of the operating concept; the regional energy supply, and the occupancy rate of the vehicle.”
The ZEB conference showed that zero emission buses are ready for mass market deployment. The ZEB conference calls on Europe, European manufacturers, cities and operators to take action and lead the global zero emission bus market.
For more information about the Zero Emission Bus Conference and to keep up to date about the next edition please visit: www.zebconference.com/eu.
Acknowledgements: The conference is organised by Element Energy and Hydrogen Europe in the framework of the JIVE 2 project. The JIVE 2 project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 779563. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.
About the JIVE and JIVE 2 projects: The JIVE and JIVE2 projects, which started in January 2017 and January 2018, will deploy nearly 300 zero emission fuel cell buses and associated infrastructure (under the MEHRLIN project) in 20 cities across Europe by early 2020s – the largest deployment in Europe to date.
The buses will be deployed in cities in Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.
A new on-street charging solution will be studied in 2019Q1 with a view to deploying from 2019Q3. The Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (STEP) project involves the testing and evaluation of Trojan Energy’s innovative on-street charging solution – a flush connection where the chargepoint is slotted into the ground. The charger aims to help solve the issue for those without access to off-street parking, which is currently a major barrier for electric vehicle (EV) uptake. A key advantage of the technology is no permanent footprint or major street clutter, as there is only equipment at the pavement edge when the vehicle is charging.
Trojan Energy eventually plan on fitting entire streets with the technology, so that no matter where a consumer parks on the street, they will be able to charge their EV. Up to 20 connectors can run in parallel, requiring only one network connection. This will in turn create opportunities for demand aggregation and related revenues to make the cost of owning and running EVs cheaper.
Element Energy will lead the feasibility study. Other collaborators in the STEP project are:
Trojan Energy – the technology developer, already have a patent for the system
Two local authorities: London Borough of Brent and Birmingham City Council
UK Power Networks – the Distribution Network Operator of South East England, including Brent.
The STEP project is part of the Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: feasibility studies competition, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “In Birmingham, increased use of electric vehicles will play a key role in our work to reduce harmful emissions on our city’s streets, but in order to do this we need to make sure that electric vehicle charging points are accessible to as many people as possible, including those who live in terraced houses or blocks of flats.
“I can speak from personal experience on this issue as I live in a terraced house and was looking to purchase an electric car, only to be told that charging could present problems, so I am delighted that we are now in a position where we can carry out a feasibility study to see if this innovative ‘pull-up-out-of-the-ground’ charging point scheme can provide a much-needed solution.”
As a first phase of an innovation funding programme worth c£40m, 27 feasibility studies will analyse the application and impact of innovative technologies for EV charging.
Among these, 18 studies will focus on how a well-design, well integrated EV charging infrastructure in public spaces can help facilitate the adoption of EVs among local residents without access to home charging due to lack of off-street parking.
These projects will define feasibility and sustainable models to maximise effectiveness and impact of infrastructure deployment. The wide variety of technologies and business models analysed in these studies will help implement a charging infrastructure that is affordable, dependable, and fair for all road users, and making owning an EV an attractive proposition for all.
In a subsequent phase of the funding round, the best projects will be competing for funding for implementation of real-world demonstrators.
Element Energy worked with researchers at Madano on a project commissioned by the CCC, to understand public acceptability of two alternative low carbon heating technologies for heating homes in the UK – hydrogen for heating and heat pumps. Bringing our deep expertise in the low carbon heating sector, we provided the technical guidance for Madano’s research, which consisted of a number of focus groups and a nationally representative survey.
The research found that over three quarters (76%) of respondents stated that they are concerned about climate change, with the same number (76%) believing it is important for UK homes to switch to alternative low carbon energy sources for heating their homes. However, there is limited awareness about the need to switch over from natural gas, as over half of those surveyed (57%) have never heard of the need to, or know very little about it.
Further, three overarching factors were identified as influencing negative views on the heating technologies:
• Negative perceptions of the installation burden
• The lack of familiarity with a new technology and how it works with current habits and perceptions
• How well the technologies would meet modern heating needs (quieter, faster, more concealed technologies).
Therefore, the research found that while the public understands the ultimate need to switch from natural gas, there remain challenges for the public to accept the alternatives. The study concludes that greater emphasis on education about the heating technologies, and how the household will benefit from switching heating technology, will be required to secure public acceptability.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is ready and set to power Europe’s sustainable development, it was revealed last week at a high-profile Awards Ceremony in Brussels, as the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) rewarded its top projects for innovation excellence.
Power to the people: hydrogen energy to households and small businesses
Hans Korteweg, Managing Director of COGEN Europe, received the FCH JU Success Story Award for strong results in two ground-breaking projects: ene.field and PACE. “Power to the people describes the very essence of our projects which demonstrate the value of hydrogen energy to households and businesses. Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration transforms European energy consumers into active ‘prosumers’, creating a decentralised energy system with a reduced carbon footprint, improved local air quality and lower energy bills” said Korteweg.
Element Energy’s contributions to the ene.field and PACE projects
Element Energy wrote the successful proposals for both projects and is involved in the delivery of the projects as technical coordinator overseeing the trial activities and analysis partner conducting the customer survey analysis and modelling business cases.