Our innovative technologies

Energy Superhub Oxford combines a number of innovative technologies and integrates these to deliver more efficient, cheaper and greener energy solutions. As a result the project will deliver improvements in air quality and savings in carbon emissions through Council fleet electrification and cost savings to the recipients of the ground source heat pumps. The key innovations and other technologies deployed are described below.

Electric vehicle charging

We are planning to install 38 charging points at Redbridge Park & Ride for public use, including a combination of Ultra-rapid DC chargers and Fast AC Chargers catering for the full range of vehicles. Charging points have also been installed at several Oxford City Council Depots, including Horspath and Cowley, to charge the electric vehicles purchased for the fleet.

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Battery energy storage

Our hybrid battery will consist of 50MW of lithium-ion and 2MW of vanadium flow, provided by Wärtsilä and Invinity Energy Systems respectively. These will act as a single “hybrid” battery, gaining the best of both technologies to provide a range of services to the National Grid and to trade in the day-ahead, intraday and balancing mechanism markets.


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Ground source heating

60 domestic heat pumps will work with shared ground arrays, drilled to a depth of 120m and will use new “shoebox” heat pumps, which can be discretely installed in individual properties. Smart controls will learn the heat profile of the user and optimise heating to deliver cost and carbon savings.

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Optimisation and trading engine

The Optimisation and Trading Engine (OTE) will use machine learning technology to forecast demand for power across the EV network. It will also gather real-time data from the energy markets and use this to trade energy to and from the battery, delivering revenues to support the operation of the EV network.

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