Making Exeter an Energy Neutral Council
As part of the Exeter City Futures initiative, QBots technologies have been engaged with ECC to understand its Energy Action plan 2017-22 to make Exeter an energy neutral council. Exeter City Council (ECC) have been evaluating and planning various renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives starting with its corporate estate.
QBots have attended several meetings with Jo Pearce (Corporate Energy Manager) and Paul Wotton from ECC to identify the sites that could benefit from energy storage. Following this, it was decided that sites located in the corporate estate with existing solar panels and/or high energy bills are good candidates for the installation of energy storage.
Following our discussions, the feasibility of a QBOTS system was evaluated for 5 sites belonging to the council’s corporate estate. The below table summarises our analysis.
Currently the Livestock centre is the most feasible site however, the RAMM and the civic centre both have significant potential for the future. Through this analysis we realised that pass through billing, or a large generation asset are required to ensure the feasibility of a BTM system.
A more in-depth analysis on the Livestock centre was undergone. A proposal was then put forward suggesting a design for an energy storage system, which will enable ECC to maximise their benefits from solar generation and existing private wire agreements.