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. Construction is well underway and we hope to have everything fully installed and connected by early 2021.
During 2019 we approached landlords and businesses in the area and developed the smart controls for the Ground source heat pumps. Installations are now underway at the first sixty properties in Blackbird Leys.
Electric Vehicle Network
During 2019 we assessed the Council’s fleet for electrification and launched a Try-B4-You-Buy Taxi scheme. Now the council’s first 40 electric vehicles are on the road with charge points installed and operational at council depots. We’ll be starting work on the cable route construction soon, which will deliver power to Redbridge Park & Ride for what will be one of the UK’s largest public charging hubs.
Optimisation and Trading Engine
Much of the development of the “brain” of the system has already been carried out. We’re now completing and testing the software algorithms for when the system launches in 2021.