University of Cumbria’s smart energy grid design
Members of the RIC assisted Aberla’s preconstruction teams to support the design of an innovative smart energy grid for the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster Campus.
The Cumbria scheme is an integrated mix of technologies, including a solar carport, battery storage, EV chargers, air source heat pumps and combined heat and power units, with energy generated to be distributed throughout the campus via a 1.5km district heat network.
Aberla is the designer, supplier and installer of the smart energy grid for the University of Cumbria and UKSF adjoining multi-building development, which includes student accommodation, care facility and commercial / residential buildings.
This system supplies energy through an index linked power purchase agreement, providing the University with protection from the volatile energy market, whilst also reducing its carbon footprint and energy expenditure. Additional resiliency is provided through the battery storage system.
These energy smart grids allow for a two-way communication between consumers and the energy network, enabling real-time automatic responses to changing electric demand.
The RIC supported Aberla’s in-house preconstruction team, made up of experienced designers, estimators and quantity surveyors, to provide an in-depth energy feasibility study.
Using consumption data from the University’s premises, an extensive analysis of the potential applicable technologies was undertaken to understand which would be the most energy efficient. This enabled Aberla’s design engineers to devise an innovative system which met client and stakeholder requirements.