The ESO Consortium (led by Pivot Power) announces a £41m world-first decarbonisation SuperHub in Oxford, providing a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will contribute c.£10 million to support the project. The Oxford SuperHub aims to save 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year by 2021, rising to 44,000 tonnes per year by 2032.
The SuperHub will decarbonise energy, transport and heat across the city following Oxford City Councils formal declaration of a climate emergency:
The Smart Local Energy Systems Demonstrator grant will significantly accelerate the delivery timescales of the hub, supporting Oxford City Council in its journey to zero carbon. It has been awarded to a consortium of Oxford City Council, Pivot Power, Habitat Energy, Kensa Contracting, redT energy and The University of Oxford.
For Pivot Power, this is one of 45 SuperHubs in their £1.6 billion plan for the UK (announced last May).
Commenting on the news Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry 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.”
Pivot Power’s COO, Matthew Boulton, added: “We are providing the mass charging network needed to kick-start an electric vehicle revolution in Oxford and support the city’s ambitious plans to clean up its air and cut its carbon emissions. We’re thrilled that our network will enable the city council to start transitioning its entire vehicle fleet across to electric. We are hoping to encourage all sorts of other Oxford groups – residents, commuters, bus companies, logistics operators – to take advantage of the power we are bringing to the south of the city and switch to electric vehicles. Together we can make rapid improvements to Oxford’s air quality and turn it into a global showcase of a clean electric city. “