Glasgow eNews - Oct. 2017

Starting a new project phase !

We are now one year into the project and proud of what we have achieved so far. Our partnerships both in Glasgow and across the consortium have gone from strength to strength and we are enjoying learning with the other cities. The beginning of year two marks the start of the implementation phase of the project in Glasgow and we are continuing to work closely with other ‘smart city’ projects, partners and stakeholders. Community engagement will be a key focus for the project moving forward and we are exploring interesting ways to engage with people both in the ‘smart street’ district and across the whole city. We are excited now to be moving from the detailed design phase into the implementation phase of the project and to be able to begin to deliver visible progress to the citizens in the project district and the city of Glasgow.

Gavin Slater, RUGGEDISED project manager, Glasgow City Council

SMART THERMAL GRID

Work is progressing with the development of the district heating business model, with documentation being finalised for the procurement of the appropriate financial and legal expertise for this element of the project. Consultants are expected to be appointed within the next 6 weeks, with the completed business models due in April 2018.

PROJECT TIMING: Month 12 / 60


BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE

Extensive modelling work of the district that will shape the deployment and installation of renewable energy and innovative energy management technologies.


BIGGEST CHALLENGE

Fostering and maintaining an active interest of citizens and businesses to ensure understanding and appreciation of project goals.

SMART ELECTRICITY GRID AND E-MOBILITY

The University of Strathclyde is continuing to work on modelling in the district and have recently finalised a report which will be used to determine the size of battery that is procured and to determine the optimal operational outcomes. The report will also form the basis of the discussions with Scottish Power Energy Networks around grid connection and aid with the planning process.

Working alongside the European Regional Development funded Intelligent Street Lighting project, a site visit has been undertaken to identify street lighting columns that will integrate charging technology allowing the columns to be used as electric vehicle charging points. An implementation plan will now be drafted with the role out of the new intelligent street lights expected to begin in 2018.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND ICT

Glasgow Housing Association is currently working with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to look in to the best ways in which to use battery storage to help alleviate fuel poverty in residential properties. The type and size of the battery required for the local housing will be determined soon and discussions have begun with local residents who will sign up to the project on a voluntary basis. Glasgow housing Association are also looking to identify complementary projects that will add further value to the work being delivered through RUGGEDISED.

NEWS AND EVENTS

15 September: Glasgow Housing Association recently held a community engagement event for the residents at the Drygate to inform them about the project. The event was well received with over 100 residents attending the drop in sessions at their local community hall. One to one meetings have now been set up with some of the residents where they will have the opportunity to explore what options may be available to them in the future to help with the rising costs of their electricity bills.

11 October: Glasgow's partner, Transport Scotland, recently attended the Annual Electric Vehicle conference at Edinburgh Napier University to present RUGGEDISED and the electric vehicle infrastructure in Scotland. The event was well attended and included presentations from MSP Humza Yousaf, Transport Minister, various Scottish universities, local authorities, Charge Your Car and Nissan. The event allowed for useful discussions to take place about the UK Governments recent announcement over the petrol and diesel car ban by 2040.