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UK’S LARGEST SMART CITY REGENERATION PROJECT ANNOUNCED E


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ello and welcome to the March issue of Electrical Engineering. UK Power Networks has


announced that a trial project which uses household batteries to help support the electricity grid in London is now being rolled out. Forty-five households were paid


to store energy in batteries in their homes, which the network operator drew on when needed. It was so successful that it


reduced household evening peak electricity demand by 60 per cent and helped cut carbon emissions from electricity by 20 per cent for average households. The home batteries allow


consumers to buy electricity when it’s cheapest and store it for use when grid prices are more expensive, helping lower household electricity bills. Now Powervault, the


government-backed company behind the battery system, is rolling the scheme out as part of a second commercial contract in south London. The scheme in St Helier will help


further improve flexibility in the electricity network. Features in this issue of Electrical


Engineering include Enclosures, Safety in Engineering and Test and Measurement. We also bring you an article by


Carolyn Mason, ECA head of education and training, on the pathways available to mature candidates; while David Hughes, managing director for ABB in the UK, explains how a new generation of engineers holds the potential to unlock unprecedented savings in industry. Alexandre Golisano, strategy


director power systems UK and Ireland at Schneider Electric, writes on how it is imperative to decarbonise the grid in order to meet the UK’s environmental and sustainability goals, incorporating a large proportion of low carbon sources into the energy mix. This issue’s UPS & Standby


Power supplement brings you the latest from the sector, including an article by Constant Power Services, which asks, what can you be doing to ensure you are getting the best out of your UPS?


Carly Wills, Editor 4 MARCH 2020 | ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING


EDF ACQUIRES POD POINT


DF has acquired a majority stake in Pod Point, one of the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging


companies in the UK, as part of a newly-formed joint venture with Legal & General Capital. The acquisition of Pod Point is EDF Group’s largest


investment in the EV market and forms part of its plan to become the leading energy company for electric mobility in France, the UK, Italy and Belgium. Pod Point is a provider of charging infrastructure for


EVs and has rolled out 62,000 charging points in the UK and a further 6,600 in Norway. It offers charging solutions at home, at work and at destination, and has developed an extensive public network connecting EV drivers, with almost 3,000 charging bays across the UK, including at Tesco and Lidl shops, Center Parcs and a number of sites across Legal & General’s extensive property portfolio. Its charging points are compatible with all plug-in


vehicles and the combination of Pod Point solutions and EDF’s offers will mean that, in the future, customers will be able to schedule their charging and benefit from competitive electricity at times when energy costs are lower and there is less demand on the grid.


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lans for the design of the largest smart city-wide energy system in the UK have been


unveiled. The £2m scheme will cut energy bills and provide green heat, electricity and transport for residents. The Peterborough Integrated Renewables


Infrastructure project (PIRI) combines a next generation heat network, electricity network and EV infrastructure under one holistic scheme. Led by Peterborough City Council, the two-year


project has been granted funding to begin the design of a local, smart energy system. The partnership includes: SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK. The PIRI project brings together energy


generation, demand and storage, thereby unlocking efficiencies not deliverable under existing, traditional energy systems. It is envisaged to be especially effective in areas where the electricity network is constrained; as well serving as a blueprint for other urban locations across the UK. Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities


in the UK, whilst also being committed to reducing its carbon emissions. The PIRI project aims to deliver a significant drop in CO2


emissions by 2030, whilst


cutting energy bills by up to a quarter. Councillor Marco Cereste, cabinet member for the


environment at Peterborough City Council, said: “This exciting announcement will give Peterborough the opportunity to use its own green, locally produced electricity and heat to benefit residents. It’s a landmark step in our aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 and will be the most exciting and innovative clean, green energy project the city and indeed the country has ever seen.” Nathan Sanders, managing director of SSE


Enterprise Distributed Energy, said: “PIRI is an exciting project for us to be investing in. We hope it will demonstrate the potential of smart cities to drive local decarbonisation in a commercially viable manner. It takes a ‘whole systems approach’ to energy one step further by integrating all socio-technical elements into one solution that can help councils hit their net zero targets. We are proud to work with leading partners and an enlightened council leadership to enhance the lives of UK citizens.”


END OF COAL POWER TO BE BROUGHT FORWARD


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he deadline for the phase-out of coal from Britain’s energy system is planned to be


brought forward a year to 1 October 2024, the Prime Minister has announced. The government will consult on bringing the


deadline for ending unabated coal forward from 2025 to 2024, as part of its drive to go further and faster on decarbonising the power sector, as it works towards net zero by 2050. New statistics show the UK’s greenhouse gas


emissions fell by 2.1 per cent between 2017 and 2018, thanks in large part to the rapid decline of coal-powered electricity generation. Last year more than half of the UK’s electricity came from low carbon sources. This means the UK has cut its emissions by 43 per cent since 1990, while growing the economy by more than two thirds – the best performance of any G7 nation. Former business and energy secretary, Andrea


Leadsom said: “The UK has a proud record in tackling climate change and making the most of the enormous economic potential of clean technologies. Coal-generated energy will soon be a distant memory as we plan to decarbonise every sector of our economy.” The government will also bring forward an end to


the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition is feasible, subject to consultation.


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