Japanese firm Hitachi is to be the first partner in the UK government’s public-private £100 million smart heating programme.
The Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) Smart Systems and Heat Programme was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this week during his trade mission to Japan.
The five-year programme will be focused on heat demand management and reduction, culminating in the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind smart energy system.
Hitachi and Hitachi Europe, which is based in Maidenhead, will act as a key delivery partner in the programme bringing expertise in systems design, integration and execution. They will be joined by other large companies, as well as SMEs and academics.
“The demand for heat in the future has to be understood and we have to find better ways of distributing it around our cities and around the country in a cost effective, clean and secure manner,” explains chief executive of the ETI, David Clarke. “This programme will help to develop and demonstrate the technologies required to achieve this aim.”
The ETI is a public-private partnership between the UK government and six major corporations, BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell.
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