Scottish energy firm Biskit Controls has become the latest business to begin demonstrating an innovation in the Energy System Catapult’s 100-home Living Lab.
Energy Systems Catapult has announced its partnership with Smart Home Expo 2020, taking place on 17-18 March 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC.
Decarbonising heat is the biggest challenge the UK faces in terms of transforming the energy system to meet carbon reduction targets and achieve our clean growth ambitions. Between 2015 and 2019, Energy Systems Catapult delivered the UK’s largest smart, consumer-focused project aimed at overcoming the barriers to the decarbonisation of residential heat – the Smart Systems and Heat programme.
This insight paper, delivered as part of the Smart Systems and Heat programme, explains how digital technology has can keep us warm at home, as well as cut carbon emissions.
The drive towards interoperability in the energy system is to ensure that technology, businesses and services are compatible with one another; such that any consumer can use any of their appliances, with any service provider or retailer to access any service. During 2017 and 2018 we carried out a field trial within our unique Living Lab, this insight-paper summarises what we learned about enabling domestic interoperability.
Heat as a Service is a new model for how businesses sell heating. Consumers who buy Heat as a Service choose how much to spend on the experience they want – feeling warm and comfortable when and where they want in their homes – instead of paying for kilowatt hours of energy.
Energy Systems Catapult carried out a field trial with a unique Living Lab of 108 households to test how new business models such as selling Heat as a Service, could give consumers better control of how much they spend getting the experiences they want from their heating.
The Smart Systems and Heat Phase 2 programme recently held a dissemination event to share the findings and build partnerships to put into action: A new approach to decarbonising heat.
Digital technology has the potential to make low carbon heat a better, more consumer-friendly option for all UK households. The Smart Systems and Heat programme has focused on learning how to enable the market to deliver this.
Bristol Energy has become the first energy supplier in the UK to trial selling ‘heat as a service’, rather than kilowatt hours (kWh). Working on the trial with Energy Systems Catapult in our Living Lab, Bristol Energy is offering households the chance to buy a ‘Heat Plan’ tailored to their individual home and lifestyle.
Energy Systems Catapult has responded to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consultation on the proposals regarding setting standards for smart appliances.