SEND - Smart Energy Network Demonstrator

SEND - Smart Energy Network Demonstrator

Estimated Completion: 2020/2021

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The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) together with the Centre of Excellence in Energy Security and Renewables (CEESR) at Keele University will promote the production of energy derived from renewable sources and support research, innovation and the commercialisation of low carbon and smart energy technologies by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas’ energy sector.


The Keele University Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) will provide a real community based demonstrator for Central and Local Government, the research community, the energy industry and business and local communities of how a smart, flexible network of energy supply, storage and monitoring can improve energy security, reduce energy costs and reduce carbon emissions within a mixed environment and community.

It will be a phased delivery utilising the benefits of the Demonstrator to inform each phase of the installation to maximise benefit of future users, with anticipated completion by 2020/21.

Construction works will commence on the SEND Project, early June 2018. SIEMENS have been appointed to deliver the ​project​ which will be delivered in phases and completed early 2021. The initial construction works will see the addition of four new electrical substations to the ​Keele University ​Science ​and Innovation ​Park​ (removing those currently under the control of the local network operator ) which will be digitalised, and fully ready for automation. Buried, interconnecting power cables in the vicinity will be upgraded. Other existing substations around campus will be retrofitted with similar automation products as those within the supply of the new substations. Long term, these sub stations will be under the full control of SEND, allowing Keele to continuously monitor, control, and shift loads on our electricity network. ​These works to the sub stations will also ensure that the University's electrical network is fully ready to accept a wide variety of renewable energy resources that local businesses may wish to trial through the scheme.

This High Voltage enhancement phase of the project will last until early September.

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