Smart Hubs SLES

Innovate UK has awarded funding of £13m towards the exciting new £42m Smart Hubs SLES project. The three year project will install infrastructure for a local smart grid at Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.

The Smart Local Energy System, based around a new heat network employing 2MW of marine source heat pumps from ICAX, will accelerate the electrification of heating and the electrification of transport to decarbonise heating, cooling and transport. It will also balance the local supply and demand for electricity by using demand side management techniques and time-of-use pricing in a Virtual Power Plant to shift electric demand from peak hours to times of excess supply.

The project will be led by Advanced Infrastructure with West Sussex County Council, Newcastle University, Switch2, ICAX, Flexitricity, Moixa, PassivSystems, Connected Energy and ITM Power.


See Smart Hubs project which will establish a Smart Local Energy System at Shoreham-by-Sea.


Claire Perry announces funding for four leading edge demonstrator projects

Shoreham Harbour

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry announced funding for the four demonstrators on 3 April 2019 and said:

“We are at the start of a green revolution as we move to more digital, data-driven smart systems that will bring us cleaner and cheaper energy. These projects, backed by government funding, are set to spark a transformation and change the way we interact with energy for the better as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

“We’re excited to see how these businesses and project partners reveal how innovative tech, such as energy storage, heat networks and electric vehicles, can set us on the path to a smarter energy future. This is tomorrow’s world, today.”

Rob Saunders, Deputy Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UK Research and Innovation said:

“We all need energy systems that are cheaper, cleaner and consumer-friendly. We have a great opportunity with these demonstrators to show just how innovation can deliver this energy ambition for the future. Supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, these projects can drive investment, create high-quality jobs and grow companies with export potential.”

The four projects winning funding for smart grid demonstrators from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund are:

  • The Energy Superhub, Oxford
  • ReFLEX Orkney, Orkney
  • Project Leo, Oxfordshire
  • Smart Hubs SLES, West Sussex


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