Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO)

Jim Lott Demonstrators

The Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project will demonstrate practical solutions to battery storage, EV charging and heat, by applying innovative machine learning approaches and direct connection to a transmission substation to alleviate or bypass distribution network constraints.
Our East Oxford transmission connection point offers 60 MW of capacity from 2019 for a broad range of applications, unlocking the potential for private investment to then flow to a further 44 such sites already secured across the UK by Pivot Power that would deliver a vast 2.2 GW of battery storage, up to 4500 rapid EV chargers and £1.6bn of private investment.

Energy storage will be installed adjacent to the National Grid transmission substation comprising 47.4 MW of lithium ion technology, and 2.5 MW of redox flow energy storage supplied by UK-based manufacturer redT. The flow battery will be the first of a new class of technology, demonstrating a ‘pulse’ function that can double nameplate power rating for up to 30 minutes. All energy storage will operate primarily a merchant energy trading business model, buying and selling power in the wholesale market and balancing mechanism with an innovative algorithmic trading approach developed by Habitat Energy, proving out the investability of what we expect will be a 5-10 GW battery storage business model in the UK.

Electric vehicle charging will also be enabled at scale using 10 MW of connection capacity. Innovative new commercial models will be developed in cooperation with the Oxford City Council, offering abundant and lower-cost power – sub 10-20 pence per kWh – to a range of local electric fleets including buses, taxis, dust carts and commercial fleets, in turn enabling them to accelerate the electrification of their fleets by overcoming obstacles to charging and improving the economic case. The project can also deliver power for rapid charging of private vehicles at car parks and motorway services, where as many as 100 ultra-rapid chargers can be powered. Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGO) scheme certificates will be bought to provide transparency to consumers about the proportion of electricity that suppliers source from renewable generation.

Heat solutions will also be developed as part of the project, with machine learning optimising the operation of 320 single loop ground source heat pumps to be installed by Kensa, proving out the ability to shift demand to periods of low prices, minimising consumer bills and overcoming local network constraints.

Project Boundary
Local Energy Area Representation

ERIS has produced a tool that helps projects build a picture of the local area, provides local data to support modelling, and deliver key planning insights for the projects.

Habitat Energy Limited

Habitat Energy provide optimisation and trading services to owners of battery storage and
other flexible energy assets. We focus primarily on grid-scale assets, transmission or distribution connected, typically 10 megawatts and above that are pursuing a merchant business model, buying and selling power in the Day Ahead, Intraday and Balancing markets. These operations can be supplemented with other revenue streams including embedded benefits and ancillary services contracts with the System Operator such as Firm Frequency Response (FFR).

Kensa Contracting Limited

Kensa Contracting is renowned for its innovative Ambient Shared Ground Loop Array systems deployed in social housing retrofits and social and private new build developments.

Offering unrivalled experience and expertise, Kensa Contracting delivers a complete solution including design, specification, project management, householder liaison, specialist sub-contractor supervision, equipment supply, commissioning, and support with access to subsidies.

Oxford City Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Pivot Power

At Pivot Power we are developing, funding and operating large battery storage projects connected directly to the transmission system. These batteries bring valuable flexibility to the grid, enabling it to harness increasing volumes of renewable generation, as well as supporting an energy system that is clean, affordable and secure.

Redt Energy (UK) Limited
University of Oxford

There are 38 Oxford colleges, which are financially independent and self-governing, but relate to the central University in a kind of federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which are similar to colleges except that they tend to be smaller, and were founded by particular Christian denominations. The colleges and halls are close academic communities, which bring together students and researchers from different disciplines, cultures and countries. This helps to foster the outstanding research achievement that has made Oxford a leader in so many fields.


Project documents are held on the ERIS data sharing platform

Oxford LEAR
  • Deliverable D5 v1.0 - Oxford Local Energy System Representation Report.pdf
  • Oxford_Area_Map.png
  • Export_Oxford_v1_20190624_094811.xlsx

This document provides a representation of the local energy system in Oxford. This representation has been created by collating and processing data from a variety of sources and using in house modelling techniques. It gives an understanding of the buildings in the local area; their annual and peak energy demands and the energy networks that serve them. It also provides some information on the levels of employment and deprivation in the area. It is not expected that the information contained in this document exactly matches the items it reports on but, rather, provides a reasonable representation of them. A common methodology has been used to produce local energy system representations for all of the projects funded as part of the “Prospering from the Energy Revolution” Challenge Fund. It is intended that the representations of local energy systems this has generated are of sufficient quality that comparisons can be made between them. 

Please note - this report contains restricted network operator data and cannot be shared publicly. Please contact ESC for further information.

Topics: Digital Information, Local Energy Asset Representation,

Data Management Guide
  • ESO Data Management Support.pdf

What data should be collected and why? How should I store the data I have and how do I know which data are up to date? What sort of governance should I have over the data? ESC is working to create a data management framework that will help the PFER projects address these problems in a simple, implementable way. Effective data management helps put structure around the reporting to evaluation partners, enables more effective dissemination and in the long run will help demonstrate the successes of the project with data to ensure repeatable results.

Below is an example of the support we provided to Energy Superhub Oxford.

Topics: Digital Information,

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