Horwood Energy Centre - new entrance and internal re-modeling works

Project completed: summer 2019

ERDF and Funded by UK Government Logos

The proposals for this project were to create:

  • A new entrance area.
  • Control & support rooms for the SEND project.
  • Space for PGR's & business engagement through internal re-modeling.

The Keele University Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) provides 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.

The Demonstrator uses the University’s size and self-contained location to mimic a small town. The Demonstrator provides an overlay to Keele’s developing Smart Energy Network (SEN) so that the benefits of aligning energy demand and supply at this scale can be demonstrated, reviewed and evaluated. This requires smart monitoring and distribution equipment so that any mix of on-site and imported energy can be adjusted to cope with peaks and troughs in demand, diverted to storage and/or exported to the grid. The Demonstrator also allows new and evolving technologies to be connected in a ‘plug and play’ way to the network for evaluation and testing.


The SEND 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).