Siemens choose Keele sustainability project for global case study
Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) has been highlighted by Siemens for ‘teaching by example’ in a new global case study.
Siemens, a global powerhouse in the fields of industry and energy, has featured the SEND project as one of only four global case studies highlighted on its website.
SEND is a European first, demonstrating world class facilities for smart energy research and developing testing and evaluation of new and evolving energy technologies. The project workscollaboratively with partner companies, and has transformed the Keele campus into an ‘at scale living laboratory’ with staff, students and the Keele community at its core.
SEND is a fundamental part of Keele’s Institute for Sustainable Futures and its ethos of ‘Providing clean energy and reducing carbon emissions’ which encompasses research across all areas from the technological to the societal.
The case study praises our approach: “Teaching by example – that’s the approach taken atKeele University, UK. Their goals are: to divest from fossil fuels, become carbon-neutral as a campus of 350 buildings and 12,000 students and staff by 2030 and, in this way, become a model for the whole of Europe”.
Ralf Kortner, UK Head of Distributed Energy Systems at Siemens, said: “Keele University is a demonstration of what is possible today in terms of applying smart technologies connecting upall the assets – substations, controllers, meters.”
Professor Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Keele, said: “Being the home to Europe’s largest smart energy network demonstrator is a thrilling prospect, both academically and environmentally. It is fantastic to see Keele featured as a global case study on the Siemens website, this will provide impressive global visibility for Keele and our clean energy sustainability vision.”
The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator project (ref. 32R16P00706) is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme, and is available to ERDF eligible companies. The project is also receiving funds from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).