Zero Carbon Energy Systems

Project Title
Zero Carbon Energy Systems
Priority 2 Eco-innovation: Stimulating the green economy
Lead Beneficiary
University of St Andrews
Contact Person First Name
Contact Person Last Name
University of St Andrews
P.O. Box
Postal Code
KY16 9TS
St Andrews
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1334 46 7323
Central Aim

This project aims to test and demonstrate how a brown field industrial site can be redeveloped as a zero carbon energy Community. The project will apply a whole system integrated approach using low carbon energy production, smart energy distribution, carbon emissions reduction (and re-use) and advanced energy storage to maximise the efficiency and supply of energy provision whilst minimising carbon emissions. 

Project Description

This proposal is for the development of a transnational EU project under the Interreg North Sea Region Programme ( which would bring together public, private and academic organisations to test and develop integrated decentralised community energy systems which can support the shift towards a low-carbon economy.

The project will start from the assumption that partners already have means of renewable energy production, but lack the additional tools to maximise the renewable output and make best use of a diverse range of energy sources.

The partner regions would be expected to work at a sub-regional scale, but beyond the scale of single buildings: this project is about energy systems for a whole community, such as a town or village, industrial centre, a city neighbourhood, an island, or a university campus.

Partners would start by sharing their knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies and approaches for integrated energy systems. A series of study visits and exchange of staff would lead to a greater understanding of the potential applications of integrated energy systems.

A small number (probably 2-3) of demonstration projects would be identified which can showcase how integration of technologies can produce much greater carbon savings. This might include, for example, smart grid systems to maximise use of fluctuating renewable output, or modern forms of energy storage which can be integrated in a supply network. These demonstration projects would be worked on by all partners, using advice and know-how from across the whole partnership. They will be used to showcase what is possible, and form part of an EU-wide dissemination strategy.

Later stages of the project will concentrate on the transferability of the technologies, producing tools and guides which other regions can use to improve their own energy systems.

Envisaged Output

The overall project result will be a reduction in CO2emissions (measured as tCO2p.a. compared to emissions which would come if a regular mix of energy was used instead of renewables), and an increase in renewable capacity (measured as MWh of additional energy available for use).

The project outputs will be based on the programme standard indicators, including the Number of green products, & services and processes piloted and/or adopted; the Number of enterprises & organisations participating in research projects, and the number of organisations /enterprises adopting new solutions.

What is the need for this project?

Low carbon businesses are one of the EU’s strongest growing sectors. The opportunities for new products and services in the fields of renewable and low energy production, energy distribution, smart management and energy storage are rapidly expanding. However, the potential for renewable energy production is often limited by a lack of grid integration and the need for complex energy systems which combine production, storage and distribution to maximise efficiencies.

Thematic Keywords
Carbon reduction
Energy efficiency
Renewable energy
Smart grid technologies
Other Keywords
Energy Systems
Partners Found Already
Partners Searched

The project will bring together a range of partners which have a role in the supply and distribution of renewable energy, including:

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