Plans for the largest smart city-wide, low carbon energy system in the UK in Peterborough have been unveiled.
Launched on 23 July, the £2mn Peterborough Integrated Renewable Infrastructure (PIRI) project is aiming to deliver a “significant drop” in CO2 emissions by 2030, while cutting energy bills by up to a quarter. It has been granted funding by UK Research and Innovation, alongside corporate investment, to design a low carbon, smart energy system for the city. It will combine a next generation heat network, electricity network and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure under one smart holistic scheme. If successful, the two-year scheme could be rolled out to other cities and towns across the UK.
Benefits of the project include locally produced, cleaner energy and heat from waste; multi-utility infrastructure delivery, leading to lower costs and bills for consumes; integrated billing and service for heat, electricity and mobility – such as EV charging; low carbon technology made available at cost-effective connection cost; and transparent tariff setting, which will generate long-term savings for local authorities.
The project partnership includes Peterborough City Council, SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions, and Sweco UK.