Slough Borough Council has become the first UK local authority to utilise SSE Enterprise’s new Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform.
By exploiting Slough Borough Council’s existing Mayflower Smart Control smart lighting network, the local authority will be able to consolidate sensor and device data into a single platform. Data from smart sensors and devices installed across the Slough borough will be integrated through a range of communication protocols.
Mayflower Smart Cities and Places allows Slough Borough Council to view data at varying levels of detail through customisable drill-down dashboards, whilst providing the opportunity for data sharing with third parties through multiple export formats. This will enable app developers to create bespoke solutions for localised challenges, such as flood risks and winter gritting routes, which can be accessed directly through the platform’s App Hub.
Existing smart devices such as weather stations and air quality sensors are already reporting data into the Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform. Slough Borough Council has plans to extend this in the coming months to include devices such as road surface temperature sensors and environmental sensors. This will include ecological data from Slough Borough Council’s Urban Forest project, a pilot designed to improve quality of life for residents whilst reducing carbon emissions. In addition, Mayflower are developing monitoring of traffic and people technology to help inform local authority services.
Analytic capabilities will form part of Mayflower Smart Cities and Places, providing insight and information on key performance indicators to support informed decision making and policy formation. By consolidating and analysing environmental data, Slough Borough Council will soon be able to identify key areas to address in their Low Emission Strategy as they strive towards net zero by 2050.
Cllr Rob Anderson, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environmental Services, added: “We are keen to work with SSE Enterprise to determine how best to deploy this platform to support our Smart Slough initiatives. This will prove invaluable in helping to manage the quality of our local environment and taking active steps toward achieving Net Zero.”
Niall Riddell, Smart Systems Innovation Sector Director, SSE Enterprise, said “We are delighted to have provided our Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform to Slough Borough Council who are a true pioneer in the smart cities space.
“This is an important step in our ability to deliver powerful IoT platform tools to enable digital solutions for our customers and enable them to better understand their cities and experiences. We look forward to working with Slough Borough Council to further enhance this solution.”
SSE Enterprise Utilities (becoming SSE Energy Solutions) are delighted to be working with Mountpark Logistics in the provision of energy infrastructure for the Bristol XL development in Avonmouth, Bristol.
Mountpark Bristol XL is a new 1.3m sq. ft. industrial/logistics development situated at the gateway to the South West. The site has the ability to provide a single unit of up to 1m sq. ft and is situated in a prime distribution location adjacent to the established Central Park area of Avonmouth, 10 miles to the North West of Bristol City Centre. It will benefit from new electricity infrastructure with a capacity of up to 8MVA.
We have developed a power solution to meet the demands of the development. The network and assets will be adopted by SSE Enterprise’s IDNO business Forbury Assets Limited.
“Bristol XL is another significant project in the Industrial & Logistics sector, a core area for our business, and we are proud to be supporting Mountpark in bringing this prime development to life” explains Noel Powell, Senior Business Development Manager, “Whilst initially focused on providing the electricity network to the development, we see this as a foundation to introduce wider distributed energy solutions in line with our strategy of supporting net zero and long-term investment in energy infrastructure.”
Energy solutions provider, SSE Enterprise has signed a joint development agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London to design and deliver a low carbon campus infrastructure in pursuit of the university’s ambitious net zero targets.
The project will see SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy division look to consolidate all of Goldsmiths’ significant energy consuming buildings onto a centralised campus-wide heat and power network. It is estimated that the first phase of the project will save the institution an average of 1,375 tonnes of CO2 per year – the equivalent annual energy use of 144 homes.
The project has a core focus to reduce the carbon emissions associated with heat, as the university pledges to become completely carbon neutral by 2025. The system will heat the buildings using a low-carbon heat pump, removing the majority of gas consumption on site and saving up to 7,850 MWh of gas usage per year.
By integrating all power onto a single private network, the university will be able to use a much higher proportion of any onsite renewables, without the risk of exporting that electricity onto the grid. The new power system will expand on the university’s existing solar resources, installing a further 400kW of solar PV into the new private network, which will then be used to supply the heat pump, further reducing carbon emissions on site.
Giles Newton, Head of Public Sector & Regulated Markets at SSE Enterprise, said: “By bringing the whole campus onto a centralised system, we are able to integrate more renewable generation into its buildings without having to upgrade each one individually. While previous projects of this kind have focused on single technology solutions, we have chosen to adopt a whole systems approach. Integrating the entire system enables Goldsmiths to closely manage its carbon emissions and future proof the campus for renewable efficiency.”
Everton Williams, Deputy Director Estates at Goldsmiths, added: “The global climate crisis is a growing threat and one that we must target head on. The technologies and experience available to support organisations such as ourselves has developed exponentially in recent years and it’s vital that we harness these solutions now to create a more green and sustainable future.
“We are excited to begin this journey with SSE Enterprise as they support us in our goals to deliver our PLAN25 strategy and achieve a completely carbon neutral campus by 2025. We have already made significant strides in this area with our investment in solar PV panels, but this new partnership will see us fully embracing a ‘whole systems’ approach by adopting and integrating other low-carbon technologies.”
SSE Enterprise have already designed a concept for the system and are currently supporting Goldsmiths with applications for grant funding to enable the construction of the network and potentially the long-term operation of the system over a 25-year period. The 1MWth heat pump set to be installed will supply 6,500 MWh of low carbon heat to the site every year.
SSE has been confirmed as a major partner for this year’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. SSE Group aims to deliver a £7.5bn low carbon investment programme, developing some of the assets and infrastructure required for the UK to reach its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Medway Council is working in partnership with SSE Enterprise (SSE) to deliver multiple energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects throughout the borough, to reduce CO2 emissions and energy costs as part of the Council’s RE:FIT programme.