Decentralising generation, utilising storage and embracing the technologies that digitalisation brings will play a large part in decarbonising our energy system. Siemens has more than 60 years’ experience of power system planning and we also have a decarbonisation target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, so we understand the pressures organisations are under to develop a clean energy strategy.
Siemens has the knowledge and experience to guide our customers and partners and support them to overcome these new challenges and turn them into opportunity. We take advanced technology and combine it with our market expertise and industry understanding to deliver scalable energy projects that are helping to decarbonise the UK region by region.
Northern Powerhouse Energy Conference
Siemens is proud to be supporting the Northern Powerhouse Energy Conference. This two day event will bring together local authorities, government, policy leaders and industry to discuss decarbonisation of energy and clean growth in the North. Our incoming UK CEO Carl Ennis will be on the opening panel and leading an integrated energy workshop later in the day.
Siemens and UK100 join forces to achieve carbon neutrality
Siemens has joined with UK100 - a network of mayors and council leaders - to provide clean energy projects to help drive the UK’s transition to a zero carbon economy by 2050. Siemens will work with the government's five Local Energy Hubs – in regions across England - to drive the development of a wide range of clean energy schemes and develop clean energy plans to attract investors.
Siemens and UK100 want the new partnership to encourage businesses and government in the move towards low carbon technologies to achieve the ambition of net-zero emissions. The partnership is set to be extended to the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to scale up projects and attract large investment.
Northern Powerhouse leads the charge to Industry 4.0
Siemens has long been a supporter of manufacturing in the North. Our ten facilities in the region employ over 6,000 people and 200 apprentices and we have strong partnerships with some of the area’s key universities. We’re proud of the fact that we are central to a productive and skilled Northern Powerhouse.
The North has a long and successful history of industry and is in the prime position to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0): digitalisation. This new revolution could see 175,000 skilled jobs – mostly in engineering, software and design – being created over 10 years as automation and advanced manufacturing are realised. But it will take the engagement of local authorities, education institutions and smaller manufacturers in the region to commit to embedding technology, information and data into every area of operation.
We have been extending our network of SME engagement specialists to encourage smaller manufacturers to join with the Northern Powerhouse so they can reap the benefits of Industry 4.0. There’s truth in the saying “there is strength in numbers” and a group of successful organisations is more powerful than just one. By supporting Northern Powerhouse partners through change we will fully exploit new, digital technologies and ensure the North achieves its full potential.
South-east energy strategy unlocks clean growth potentialSiemens has been proud to work in partnership with Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3 and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) of England – the triLEP – on a local energy strategy that will allow it to achieve clean growth from now until 2050 in energy in the power, heat and transport sectors. Its aim is to grow local economies at the same time as reducing carbon emissions, creating jobs and supporting businesses in the low carbon sector.
Siemens’ consulting team brought together its knowledge, experience and technical expertise of the energy sector to run a number of workshops that engaged over 500 people around energy projects in heat, transport and utilities. The outcome: the identification of 18 major project models that will deliver job security and sustainable energy for the south-east region.
The innovative projects and scalable solutions include injecting hydrogen into the gas grid to decarbonise it and installing solar PV panels on landfill sites. And by using the heat from decentralised power production within district heat networks, it’s predicted there could be a potential saving of around 40% greenhouse gas emissions.
Transportation projects include introducing smart chargers in people’s homes and rapid chargers in public places to support the introduction and increased usage of electric vehicles and autonomous, driverless vehicles.
The ideas and recommendations laid out in the strategy predict exceptional results. It has the potential to cut carbon emissions equivalent to 5 million cars, save enough energy per year to power 3 million homes and create over 70,000 jobs.
Scale will achieve decarbonisation.
Demonstrator projects work. They are scalable and repeatable, but are we underestimating how much needs to be done to scale up and make a real impact on decarbonisation? We need investment from both public and private sector and a collective, collaborative approach to achieve our ambitions. The technology exists, the ideas are sound – we now need to work together to really kick-start the clean energy revolution.
The Triangulum Project
The Triangulum Project - a five-year €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union – was designed to demonstrate smart city technologies and prove repeatability and scalability by transforming Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor into a ‘smart quarter’. Siemens installed a central controller that integrated renewable energy assets to demonstrate the viability of off-grid capability. The result? If the central controller was used city-wide in Manchester it would save 57,000 tonnes of CO² a year.
In 2018 Siemens partnered with Keele University to turn the campus into Europe’s largest Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND), or an ‘at scale living laboratory’. Its objective was to reduce carbon emissions and increase security of supply and the result is that by 2023, SEND will create 440 higher value jobs, save around 4,000 tonnes of CO² each year, and generate £40 million GVA from £16 million investment.