A new £20 million National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, involving specialists at Heriot-Watt University, will take a full overview of UK energy network and provision which could help save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council centre – with £15 million of industry support – will bring together energy experts from around the world to help unravel the energy network and understand future supply and demand. The energy systems centre is designed to bridge a major information gap in the drive towards a fully integrated, UK smart energy network, by looking for the first time at the energy system as a whole; gas, power, renewables, heating and cooling. By taking this holistic approach, and providing robust messages about the real world, the Centre will be crucial to improving energy efficiency, driving down customer bills and reducing carbon emissions by optimising the energy network as a whole and informing future government policy.
Scottish Energy News 12th May 2016 read more »