CEGADS (Community Energy Generation, Aggregation, and Demand Shaping) is a practical trial of technology and business models aimed at connecting electricity consumers and generators within a community so that the benefits of small scale embedded generation accrue locally, transmission losses are minimised and efficient use is made of distribution network capacity. It is one of a group of projects granted by Innovate UK and EPSRC under the rubric of “Localised Energy Systems” with the aim of demonstrating delivery of the Community Energy Strategy published by DECC. The trial will be based in two villages in Oxfordshire, Shrivenham and Watchfield, where there is substantial local renewable generation (and the project is locally known as SWELL).
The project will deploy IESD’s “Hestia” technology that in prototype form won the national Dynamic Demand Challenge competition run by Nesta. Hestia is a smart home device that manages electricity consuming appliances, particularly those that need a lot of energy such as electric heating and cars, so that they make best use of available renewable energy (such as local PV panels or wind turbines) and avoid unhelpful demand peaks that strain the grid and force generating plant with high carbon emissions to operate.
The concept for Hestia was developed in IESD’s project CASCADE which used agent based modelling to simulate the UK electricity system and explore ways to create a smart and sustainable grid.
For more information please contact:
Dr Peter Boait
T: 44 (0)116 257 7971
Dr Gaeme Stuart
T: +44 (0)116 257 7964