The UK’S Technology Strategy Board is providing $24m in funding aimed at developing greener cities, and Sheffield is aiming to consolidate its existing district energy infrastructure by claiming a slice of the finance available.
The city has already been awarded £50,000 after their bid outstripped the competition in the recent ‘smart city’ funding project. This funding is being used to explore how the city can improve the efficiency of its district heating networks using smart technologies, as well as investigating greater coverage by the city’s low carbon energy network.
These findings will form part of a bid to be submitted to the British government by the end of the year, which aims to secure the city a share of a £24m funding pot for such projects.
Councillor Jack Scott, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “We are working with key partners in the city, including E.ON, Veolia and The University of Sheffield, to see how we can use new smart technologies to manage supply and demand, potentially expanding the existing and creating new heating networks across the city.
“This investment opens doors to new opportunities in innovation so we can move forward and make Sheffield an even greener city.”
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