The Community Energy Project at Trent Basin is another UK first by igloo. The innovation partnership project will create a new way of heating and providing electricity to igloo homes. Technologies including solar panels, communal battery stored and ground source heat pumps are used to lower energy costs for residents by up to 30% and to contribute to the community’s sustainability.
The project is the only one of its kind in the UK and is being used to showcase the approach. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, it improves the energy security of the Trent Basin scheme. Surplus energy produced is sold back to the grid.
The UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK is the primary funder of the project. It is also supported by Blueprint, the University of Nottingham, Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), AT Kearney and Smartklub.
Trent Basin and its Community Energy Project are located in Nottingham, which is a hub of innovation and research for the low energy housing sector. If the Community Energy Project trial is successful, the technology will be rolled out across large UK housing developments in the future.
The solar panels at Trent Basin will feed the largest community energy battery in Europe, in which energy generated will be stored to power homes. The electricity will also provide the energy for the pumps in the scheme’s ground source heating system.
Data from the Community Energy Project will be made publicly available online and at Trent Basin’s on-site Community Hub facility, at which purpose built tech will visualise the data to educate homeowners, stakeholders and the general public. The software used will be developed especially for the project by student at the University of Nottingham.