Increasingly energy companies are looking to whole system approaches that include not just clean electricity but transport and – crucially – heat. One such project is the Oxford Energy Superhub, a multifaceted project that includes a ‘world first’ grid-scale battery element, high speed EV chargers and hundreds of ground source heat pumps for local homes. Made up of a consortium of companies, Cornwall based Kensa Contracting is providing the ‘shoebox’ heat pumps for the project. Speaking to Current± recently, the company’s managing director Matthew Trewhella explained the challenges the project sought to tackle. The project is designed to utilise heat pumps to manage grid constraints, using them to absorb excess generation from renewables so that wind or solar does not need to be switched off. This will work together with the battery and the electric vehicles, to create a smarter, more connected local grid, Trewhella continues. Kensa is the UK’s only dedicated ground source heat pump manufacturer, with the technology remaining fairly nascent.
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