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Electrification by design

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In December 2017, BEAMA published a report, Electrification by Design, exploring policy and market mechanisms to promote deployment of low-carbon electric systems. In it we identified critical enablers of a flexible and efficient low-carbon energy system. These include consumer engagement with energy use, targeted automation of energy management in buildings, and demand-side energy management. We also identified some of the challenges facing the market for smart products and made some recommendations for how to enable and maintain this market and maximise benefits to the consumer and to the network.

Once the main report was published, BEAMA designed a series of reports to provide additional detail on our views in the markets for: Smart home products and IoT opportunities, Electrification of Road Transport, Heat Electrification, Flexibility and Network Charging. You can find out more information about these reports below.

Smart Homes by Design: market imperatives for the Internet of Things

As energy data becomes more detailed and easier to access and analyse, disruptive technologies and services are emerging that will improve the energy efficiency of buildings and energy networks, while assisted living, health and social care applications are improving people’s quality of life. Some of these improvements come from new consumer behaviours, but the availability of data is driving innovation in smart appliances and devices as well. Many of these improvements are enabled by intelligent automation. These constantly learning and increasingly responsive management functions can improve safety, performance and productivity by enabling each smart element to be managed as a system of web-based interconnections between appliances and devices (the Internet of Things).

This short report provides further detail on BEAMA’s view of the market for smart home products and IoT opportunities, the benefits on offer and the associated recommendations that are fundamental to realising greater value from smart home systems.

Energy storage by design: realising the benefits of energy storage in buildings

Our need for affordable, secure, reliable and decarbonised energy will lead to an increasing proportion of generation coming from renewable sources. these sources are often intermittent in nature when compared to large base load power such as nuclear and more carbon-intensive generation. The energy system will need to become more flexible to accommodate the mismatch between peaks and troughs of energy supply and demand. Some financial, regulatory and cultural change will help to smooth energy demand, and improvements in system efficiency will help as well, but these will not be sufficient on their own. the system will need ways of storing energy, in networks and in buildings, for times when demand is high and renewable generation low. Storage is therefore a key flexibility asset, and a crucial enabler of a smart system.

This report provides further detail on BEAMA’s view of the market for energy storage in buildings, the benefits on offer and the associated recommendations that are fundamental to realising greater value and t growing markets for storage and associated technologies.

Electrifying Road Transport

New registrations of electric cars hit a new record in 2016, with more than 750,000 sales worldwide. The UK government target is that by 2050 almost all vehicles on Britain’s roads will be Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). UK-based transport emissions in 2015 were down 2% compared to 1990, while new cars in the UK are up to 16% more efficient than they were in 2000. Flexible approaches to network management, charging, and consumer offerings, and new solutions and technologies such as smart charging infrastructure, are essential to provide consumers with efficient and cost-effective transport.

This report provides further detail on BEAMA’s view of the market for the electrification of road transport, the benefits on offer and the associated recommendations that are fundamental to realising greater value and growing markets for electric vehicles and other low carbon technologies.

Heat Electrification by Design

Having a balanced offering of low to zero carbon fuel sources and methods of heat generation is possibly the most significant challenge we face in the drive to decarbonisation and clean growth. Heating our homes and business premises contributes around a third of UK carbon emissions, and if we focus on residential heat alone, over 80% of energy consumption is spent on space heating and hot water services.

This report provides further detail on BEAMA’s view of the market for the electrification of heat provision, and the associated recommendations that are fundamental to realising greater value from the benefits on offer.

The final two reports in the Electrification by deign series; Flexibility and Networking charging will be published during Summer 2018. To download any of the reports please click here.

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