Social esco/VPP delivering smart local energy systems with two Innovate UK supported innovation streams: 'Climate Positive' and 'STACS - Smart technology and Community Support

About

Power Circle.Energy is undergoing major changes. Power Circle helps all sections of the community to benefit from the new energy world and to decentralizing power in an economic sense as well as physically. To achieve this, Power Circle is being established as a new social Energy Service Company (esco) and Virtual Power Plant (VPP). The esco provides development, management and, where needed, funding. The VPP links sites together, getting paid to help energy companies cut costs and carbon.
Energy is undergoing major changes. Power Circle helps all sections of the community to benefit from the new energy world and to decentralizing power in an economic sense as well as physically. To achieve this, Power Circle is being established as a new social Energy Service Company (esco) and Virtual Power Plant (VPP). The esco provides development, management and, where needed, funding. The VPP links sites together, getting paid to help energy companies cut costs and carbon.

STACS: STACS contributes though enhancing inclusive digital connectivity and smart home-based alert services to meet societal needs for community support services, healthcare, social care, wellbeing, education and entertainment, especially at times of global disruption. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has highlighted the problem that "digital connectivity will quickly become a lifeline for our most vulnerable people in the COVID-19 emergency." However, in the most vulnerable populations, many people do not have access to digital services.

By building on smart home-based energy services for low income households, for which a good business case and funded solution can already be made for many vulnerable households, additional alert services and other digital connectivity services can be provisioned at low marginal cost. In addition, our energy services themselves contribute to addressing significant incidence of under-heating which itself adds to the vulnerability of many households.

Key Benefits

(i) Enabling net negative carbon emissions in new and existing buildings in a way which reduces rather than adds to energy costs. This is important for all and particularly for low income communities
(ii) Facilitating digital inclusion by serving as an anchor customer for low cost community broadband networkds rather than using separate SIM card based connectivity for each smart service
(iii) Facilitating low cost alert systems to help vulnerable households stay safe

Applications

Early focus is mainly residential but also targetting SME and public estate

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