The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government. Hitachi has joined the ETI as a programme associate for the Smart Systems and Heat programme.
The ETI is a 10-year partnership mandate that will operate until the end of 2017 as planned.
The ETI’s SSH programme aims to create future-proof and economic local heating solutions for the UK, by connecting together the understanding of consumer needs and behaviour with the development and integration of technologies and new business models into enhanced knowledge to deliver industry and investor confidence to implement changes in heat provision in the UK.
Philip New, Chief Executive, Energy Systems Catapult – part of a family of several such ‘catapult’ agencies in the UK, and the Offshore Renewable Energy agency is based in Glasgow – is excited by the potential of the SSH programme.
He said: ‘The programme provides the foundation for location-specific energy systems design that should help deliver low carbon heating for the UK out to 2050 and beyond. This programme fits really well with the aims and approaches of Energy Systems, and with the transition of the team from the ETI I am confident that the programme will be a continued success.’
Phase One will see the SSH team at the Catapult working with three local authorities) to create the capability to deliver local area energy plans specific to their communities.
The programme will also undertake a number of consumer behaviour, technology development, business modelling and supply-chain activities to create heat supply and demand products and services that meet consumer needs.
In Phase Two of the programme, the plan is to undertake a demonstration of the designed local smart energy systems to prove the concept and methodology, importantly proving that the capability and approach can be adopted nationally, providing an evidence base for future supportive policy.
David Clarke, ETI chief executive, said: ‘The decarbonisation of heat is one of the key technology challenges facing the UK in any move to a low carbon energy system. To do this effectively and economically the country has to develop solutions that work at an individual and location level.
“This programme is exploring what needs to be done and the transfer of this capability to the energy catapult allows for this important work to continue beyond the end of our current operating model in 2017.’