Birmingham through its Green Commission has plans to expand district energy, create an energy strategy and look at local energy generation. In the future, local energy generation will require the integration of ICT with energy infrastructure (i.e. intelligent energy infrastructure) to monitor and manage energy production, distribution, storage and consumption e.g. Action G3 Estate Management. It also requires a greater understanding of national smart grid developments. We need to better understand the technical feasibility and the policy and legislative environment to make this happen. The action therefore is twofold, covering research and knowledge exchange and development of technical demonstrator projects.
- Universities: BCU, Aston, Birmingham
- Energy providers
- Solution providers
- Housing and resident associations
What makes this approach smart?
Early stakeholder collaboration and reviewing system integration and interoperability needs
Understand the role local authorities can play in enabling (similar to broadband market development) and how local energy generation relates to the grid
- Research the requirements for a network (connectivity, measuring points / sensors / actuators / links to national grid) that could support local (micro) energy generation, distribution and storage and what is needed to connect a neighbourhood. Link to Green Commission, district energy and CHP expansion.
- Gain understanding of the developments of a national smart grid, which is a long-term evolution