Energy Superhub Oxford
Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) officially started in April 2019. It was originally due to be a three-year project, but as a result of Covid-19, the completion date has been extended until March 2023. However, we expect 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.
Construction of the hybrid battery is complete and the system has been operational since mid-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 complete at over 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, including the city’s first electric refuse collection vehicle, with charge points installed and operational at council depots.
We’ve installed a 4 mile underground cable connecting our charging hub at Redbridge Park & Ride to National Grid’s high-voltage transmission system at Cowley substation, creating Europe’s most powerful EV charging site.