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Reference Number ENA_10061386
Title SHIELD - Smart Heat and Intelligent Energy in Low-Income Districts
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Models) 25%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 25%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2023
End Date 01 July 2023
Duration 3 months
Total Grant Value £91,237
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/10061386
Abstract "SHIELD addresses Challenge 1: Supporting a just energy transition. Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living crises has exacerbated consumer vulnerability recently, with implications for driving a fair net zero transition. This requires decarbonisation approaches that embed a range of consumer needs at the core of new product and service development. SHIELD replaces existing heating solutions with innovative low carbon heating solutions in conjunction with novel energy generation and storage technologies that will balance demand and supply so that heat becomes affordable and scalable. In addition, SHIELD better identifies and understands vulnerable and low-income households needs to enable better adoption of low carbon technologies for heat and energy generation.SHIELD requires strong network innovation as it brings multiple parties together to collaborate to embed new technologies, systems, and business models. The deployment of LCTs and onsite generation impacts the network and their assets and often requires work to be completed by the DNOs which can be costly and/or time consuming. SHIELD develops an innovative business model that enables affordable scalability given stakeholder capacity constraints. Existing stakeholder capacity constraints, addressed by this model, that hinder scalability include: i) funds for initial capital costs (ii) time and energy (iii) risk appetite (iv) trust in third party solutions (v) network capacity investment timelines.This project includes a wide range of project partners to support the successful delivery of discovery phase:UK Power Networks: Owns and maintains the electricity network, from substations to cables and overhead lines that are required for the installation of low carbon technologiesEssex County Council: Have a duty of care and understanding of their residents needsPower Circle Projects Limited: They are a social enterprise dedicated to supporting social housing providers, private house owners, communitiesCitizens Advice Essex: Expertise and engagement with vulnerable customers on their needs relating to energy and heatEastlight Community Homes Limited: Experience working with communities to create affordable homes and great neighbourhoodsUK Community Works: Experience supporting activities that help to build stronger, more cohesive local communitiesThermify Holdings Limited: Technology Provider for distributed data centresKensa Contracting Ltd: Technology Provider for ground source heat pump systemsKey innovation users are:Households and consumers, initial focus on social tenants requiring affordable solutions to decarbonising their homes;Registered Social Landlords who need innovative affordable solutions to decarbonising their stockCommunities that need access to solutions that address the need for affordable decarbonisation of their residents."
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Added to Database 01/11/23