Generation-System-Lab Commissioned at the Nuremberg Demonstrator
The Nuremberg Demonstrator in Project SENSIBLE is focused on demonstrating the integration of energy storage (electric and thermal) with micro-generation technologies in larger buildings. Using a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) as the central control component, the energy procurement costs can be minimized or the self-consumption of locally generated energy can be maximized. To demonstrate the benefits of the interaction between buildings and a smart grid, a flexible testing environment for the generation units and the BEMS was planned to allow for the emulation of arbitrary building designs in a laboratory setting. The commissioning process of the Generator-System-Lab at the facilities of Technische Hochschule Nürnberg has now been finalized. All components have been successfully tested and are controllable via a graphical user interface (GUI) developed in LabVIEW. The next step is the extended connection between the BEMS-Lab at Siemens in Erlangen and the Generator-System-Lab, which enables a remote control of the components of the Generator-System-Lab.
View of the recently commissioned Generator-System-Lab at Technische Hochschule Nurnberg
The test bench in the Generator-System-Lab
Community Engagement at The Meadows, Nottingham - 14th November 2016
Project SENSIBLE researchers from the University of Nottingham (UoN) were invited to take part in the annual general meeting of the Meadows Community Energy Group – MOZES. The event was held on the 14th of November 2016 at St. Saviour’s Church in the Meadows.
Models of anticipated SENSIBLE battery installations
Alan Simpson explaining intricacies of community energy
Dr Lee Empringham giving presentation to MOZES Group
At this event, UoN project leader, Lee Empringham gave community members an update on the ongoing SENSIBLE battery storage project, as well as what was planned for the next few months. This enabled community members to have an idea of SENSIBLE's plans to show that the current limit on renewable energy installation in communities can be extended with energy storage, which will increase the localised energy used and save carbon and costs. In addition, community members who had signed up for involvement in the SENSIBLE project were given an indication of the size of the battery storage units.
The audience were also treated to a video showcasing the benefits of community energy and the potential impact of battery storage on community energy supply. Former MP Alan Simpson, known to be a champion of community energy initiatives, was also in attendance and gave an exciting talk on how other communities are raising the energy and climate game.
Project SENSIBLE in the news - 8th November 2016
The Nottingham Post published an article about the SENSIBLE Project in the local area. Read the article online.
Future of Energy: The Community Energy Revolution - 25th October 2016
Professor Mark Sumner represented the SENSIBLE project by taking part as a panel member in the FUTURE OF ENERGY: THE COMMUNITY ENERGY REVOLUTION debate, which took place on 25th October in the UK parliament. The debate was part of a “Nottingham in Parliament” day.
Jeremy Corbyn lauds the Nottingham Community Energy Model – 7th September 2016
On 7th September 2016, Jeremy Corbyn chose to launch his energy policy at a press conference held in the Meadows in Nottingham. Corbyn, the current Leader of the Labour Party as well as the Leader of the Opposition was met by an audience of community members at the Meadows Library where he put community energy at the heart of his energy policy.
Corbyn praised the efforts of community members who had decided to take control of their energy supply and distribution by localising it through their very own community energy group, the Meadows Ozone Energy Services, MOZES. Project SENSIBLE is working with community members from the Meadows to demonstrate storage enabled energy supply for buildings and communities as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to create a sustainable energy supply.
Corbyn went on to say that the Nottingham model serves as a good example for other communities in the UK who are seeking to develop a fair system of energy generation, supply and distribution. He noted that this approach had potential benefits for those community members who were more likely to be impacted by rising energy costs.
Shared Energy for Resilient Communities – 6th September 2016
On 6th September 2016, Lucelia Rodrigues of the UoN SENSIBLE project team was pleased to give a presentation at a meeting held in Dublin, Ireland as part of an EU project initiative called TURAS which brings together local authorities and researchers to collaborate on developing practical new solutions for more sustainable and resilient European cities. The presentation covered aspects related to shared energy for resilient communities with focus on the community energy efforts being carried out in Nottingham including goals of the SENSIBLE project currently being carried out with members of the Meadows community.
A copy of the presentation can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:
Visit by Ed Miliband MP, 14 June 2016
Members of the SENSIBLE Project were delighted to welcome Ed Miliband to the University of Nottingham, to show him aspects of the project's work. Miliband, a high profile British politician who was the Leader of the Labour Party, as well as the Leader of the Opposition and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, was met by Mark Gillott and Lucelia Rodrigues from the University.
Having been the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2008 to 2010, Ed Miliband was keen to hear about the sustainability research that has been spearheaded under past and current EU projects including SENSIBLE.
Photos of the visit are below.
Public Meeting - 20 July 2015, Nottingham, UK
On 20 July 2015, members of the SENSIBLE Project team were pleased to give a presentation at a public meeting held in Nottingham.
The presentation outlined the goals of the project and provided information about the project members.