The project is being run within the Stirlingshire village of Fintry (population c. 700 people). It is due to run for two years, completing in March 2018 and is broken into four main chunks with a stage gate review at the end of each. The project is now well into its second year.
The first stage was preparing the project to start delivery.
The second stage was getting everything ready for the installation of the smart meters and the heat pumps. A new local tariff was devised by the project partner, Good Energy. This second stage included a target of 100 households signed-up to this tariff by the end of October. This was achieved though, for technical reasons, only 83 households are actually able to take part.
The third stage was installing the smart meters and all the necessary communications links to make the data gathering feasible. The smart meters, with the ability to provide near real time data, will be an enhancement on the SMETS meters proposed by the UK Smart Meter programme. Although there are still a few meters to install, this stage completed at the end of March 2017.
The fourth stage that we’re now in and lasting until March 2018, is expanding the project to include more households and starting to see what will be possible with the data we’re gathering.
Four innovations areas are being studied in the fourth stage: Community Capacity, Active Energy Customers, Regulatory Changes and Demand Side Response.
Our university partners will use data from the demonstrator, combined with desktop simulation and research, to develop methodologies and tools that increase the replicability of the project. Heriot Watt University will conduct a desktop study assessing forecasting risk associated with variable renewable generation (in the form of Wind, Hydro and Solar PV).
Systems and methodologies that provide the DNO with real time network information will be developed with SSE PD to help shape community level new connection design.
At the end of the project a “thought-leadership” report will be produced presenting the results from the project and indicating how the knowledge gained can be used in the future.