For the latest news, follow us on Twitter: @CI_EnergyMan, Facebook or LinkedIn PLANS FOR UNDERWATER ENERGY SUPER-HIGHWAY IN DEVELOPMENT

east of Scotland, a hub for offshore renewables, down to two points in the north-east of England, Selby and Hawthorn Point. The east coast of Scotland is already home to

almost 1GW of operational offshore wind farms with a further 4.4GW in the pipeline, and up to 10GW predicted following the outcome of the next Scottish offshore wind leasing round, Scotwind. Survey works along the route have recently

Three of the UK’s largest energy firms have confirmed they are developing plans to deliver an underwater super-highway that will see the North Sea become the hidden power house of Europe. The Eastern Link will be made up of some of the world’s longest subsea HVDC cables with a combined capacity of up to 4GW. The project will be led by SSE, ScottishPower and National Grid, setting off from Peterhead and Torness. The cables will significantly increase the

UK’s capacity for clean, green, renewable power, enabling enough electricity for around four million homes to travel up to 440km from the

commenced, with construction works currently expected to take place from 2024. Alistair Phillips-Davies, chief executive of SSE,

said: “The development of the East Coast link is one of the most exciting energy developments over recent decades. It is essential to delivering the UK’s 40GW offshore wind target by 2030 and critical to our own commitment to build a network for net zero emissions. “With the eyes on the UK ahead of COP26

next year, this project clearly demonstrates how the UK is leading the world in tackling the climate emergency and supporting thousands of jobs and supply chain opportunities.” Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, said:

“COP26 will provide the perfect opportunity for the UK to showcase its innovation, progress and leadership in tackling climate change and we are proud to be major partners in the event. “We firmly believe the UK can achieve its

ambitious net zero targets but it must be done through investment and innovation in essential projects like the Eastern Link, providing benefits for customers and society in the long term. “COP’s success is, in part, thanks to the

collaboration of sectors, industries and countries and we are looking forward to exploring this mammoth opportunity with SSE and National Grid.” Nicola Shaw, UK executive director at National

Grid, said: “This project will help transport enough renewable electricity for around 4.5 million homes across the UK and will become part of the backbone of the UK’s energy system. It’s a great example of companies working together on impressive engineering feats that will help the country hit its net zero carbon target by 2050.


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Kaluza, a leading intelligent energy platform, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at exploring how to deliver cheaper, simpler and more sustainable EV charging services to FCA’s customers through Kaluza’s pioneering cloud platform. During the first phase of their partnership, the two

companies will develop a smart charging service for Fiat 500 EV customers using the Kaluza platform. The direct-to-car technology will leverage live data from local grid operators to shift car charging to

times when carbon intensity is lowest and energy is cheapest, without the need for a separate smart charge point. At scale, this would enable drivers to benefit from reduced bills, lower carbon emissions and a seamless in-app charging experience oriented around their individual needs. A select group of Fiat 500 EV customers in the UK

will be invited to trial the smart charging service during the first half of 2021, and provide ongoing feedback through dedicated forums.

Welcome to the Winter issue of Energy Management, published as the temperatures have started to drop, the heating’s being turned up, and the tumble dryer is working overtime in many homes – leading many of us to think about rising

energy bills and climate change. Just recently, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his ‘Ten Point

Plan’ for a ‘green industrial revolution’. The plan includes such areas as: offshore wind production; the generation of low carbon hydrogen; advancing nuclear as a clean energy source; accelerating the transition to electric vehicles; research projects for zero emission planes and ships; greener and more energy efficient homes and public buildings, and much more. Expected to create around 250,000 jobs, the Plan will help the UK move towards its net zero target. As can be seen in the pages of this issue, there are many ways to

reduce emissions and save energy. In this issue, for example, we find out: how Combined Heat & Power (CHP) can deliver impressive energy and operational cost savings; why vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging could tempt more drivers to purchase electric vehicles; the benefits of ground source heat pumps; and if heat exchangers are being overlooked when it comes to energy efficiency.


In partnership with Tower Transit, Siemens Smart Infrastructure has provided the charging infrastructure for 37 new fully-electric double decker buses in London. Westbourne Park garage is

the operator’s first depot with fully electric routes with power infrastructure, maintenance and charging facilities. Here, Siemens provided 34 AC and four DC Sicharge units (AC22 & UC200), supplying a total charging power of two megawatts. Buses are recharged primarily overnight or during operational breaks via the AC22s. The high-power UC200 DC charging- units provide fast charging. The Metrodecker EVs will save

more than 1,800 tons in greenhouse gas emissions well-to-wheel in each year of operation versus a Euro VI bus.

Mitsubishi Electric has announced that SAV has become a Value Added Reseller (VAR), joining the manufacturer as a specialist provider of central plant rooms for heat networks and energy metering and monitoring systems. “At SAV, we’ve been pushing

hard over the years to lower heat network design and operating temperatures, to improve efficiency and enable inclusion of more low carbon heat sources. Mitsubishi Electric’s heat pumps fit perfectly into this journey as heat pump COPs are optimised in low temperature heat networks,” said Jan Hansen, director for SAV Systems.

ByteSnap Design has launched an electric vehicle (EV) charging division, Versinetic. The new division will provide a range of hardware, software and consultancy services all under one roof for manufacturers of EV charge points.

Vital Energi is set to support heat network skills development with the opening of a £2million training centre at its Blackburn HQ. Gary Fielding, chairman of Vital

Energi, said: “As a company dedicated to providing sustainable, long-term heat and power solutions, we believe it’s our responsibility to help close the skills gap facing our industry and support the workforce that is set to deliver the UK’s low- carbon future.” / ENERGYMANAGEMENT

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