||This project identified gaps in the range of potential smart systems technologies to accelerate the development of component technologies which are required for any successful deployment and operation of a future smart energy system. This £500k project was announced in February 2013 and was delivered by a consortium of partners that includes Hitachi Europe, EDF Energy, Element Energy, David Vincent & Associates and Imperial Consultants.
Whilst space heat and hot water can be provided to customers in a variety of ways, different methods are more appropriate for some locations than others, depending on local factors such as housing density.
This paper considers the energy system design options for the Smart Systems and Heat programme and identifies twenty end-to-end energy system configurations.
Eleven of these have been taken into a detailed gap analysis of their characteristics against emerging consumer equirements.
As part of the work a preliminary energy system transition plan was developed for Loughborough, which identified a number of practical findings such as data access, and the challenges of developing confidence in transition pathways given the uncertainty over future investment support mechanisms and the immaturity of the supply chain.
The report was initially prepared in November 2013. Some details and analysis may be out of date with current thinking