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Study explores integrated transport and smart energy solutions

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Costain has started work on a feasibility study as part of a project that aims to integrate transport with smart dynamic energy systems.

Integrated Transport and Smart Energy Solutions for Major Urban Developments, or the ITSES project, is a year-long project funded by Innovate UK that will look at the feasibility of installing a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scheme at Old Oak Common and Park Royal in west London.

More than 25,000 homes and 55,000 jobs are due to be created at Old Oak Common over the next 15 years, alongside a transport hub with new Crossrail and Overground stations as well as a potential HS2 station located nearby.

V2G allows electric vehicles to act as battery stores while stationary. Vehicle owners can provide energy from their vehicles’ batteries to the National Grid at peak times when it needs to balance local supply and demand.

Costain will work with Cenex, a not-for-profit low emission vehicle research and consultancy organisation, to assess the long-term carbon savings and develop a commercial business case for the installation of the V2G infrastructure.

“We’ll be using our expertise and experience within infrastructure and Cenex’s leading technical knowledge of charge point and integrated energy infrastructure to look at how feeding energy back into the grid from a significant number of low-emission electric vehicles can provide environmental, economic and social benefits,” said Costain environmental advisor Lara Young, who is leading the project.

“An important part of that will be engaging with key stakeholders so that they appreciate the benefits this development could bring. A Costain strength is its relationship with the transport and energy providers, allowing the connection and opportunity of this approach to be presented for consideration across different infrastructure asset owners.”

Cenex CEO Robert Evans added: “The ITSES project provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with Costain and utilise the exciting plans of Old Oak Common and Park Royal to assess the potential market of V2G and for the environmental, technical and economic case and future to be fully understood.

“Should the results prove positive, Cenex looks forward to working with Costain to see how a large-scale deployment can be included in the future infrastructure development plans of the region, thus creating a unique UK example of a truly integrated energy system.”

The findings of the study will be important not just to the Old Oak Common development but could also benefit cities across the UK, according to Costain graduate business manager Matt Davies.

“Smart, integrated transport and infrastructure systems are becoming a priority for cities throughout the UK. Our customers are increasingly seeing the benefits of applying smart energy technology across major infrastructure and transport developments. The Old Oak Common development shows one way we could reduce carbon emissions from transport and at the same time alleviate pressure on the UK’s energy demands,” he said.

“At Costain we recognise the importance of technology integration to provide connected transport solutions. Our involvement in this project is a further demonstration of our culture of innovation and determination to be at the forefront of where our customers are going, and ensuring the UK’s national infrastructure needs are met.”

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