Energy Superhub Oxford
Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) officially started in April 2019. It was originally due to run until March 2022, but as a result of Covid-19, the completion date has been extended until June 2022. However, we hope that the impact of the project will continue to be felt long after that, and that the EV and heat networks in Oxford will continue to expand for many years to come.
Planning Permission for the battery was received in July 2019. The main focus for 2020 is on the preparation of the Cowley site and the purchasing and installation of the Lithium ion and Vanadium flow batteries. We expect construction to start in July 2020, with everything fully installed and connected by the end of the year.
During 2019 we approached landlords and businesses in the area and developed the smart controls for the Ground source heat pumps. Installations will start in 2020.
Electric Vehicle Network
During 2019 we assessed the Council’s fleet for electrification and launched a Try-B4-You-Buy Taxi scheme. Our application for planning permission for the cable route has been submitted and we aim to start installation in August. The council will also purchase 40 electric vehicles and charge points ready for operation at the end of the year.
Optimisation and Trading Engine
Much of the development of the “brain” of the system has already been carried out during 2019. In 2020 we will complete and test the software algorithms and be ready to commercially launch the system by the end of the year.