Efficient Energy for Glasgow

Cutting emissions, reducing overheads and addressing fuel poverty, challenges faced by cities worldwide. Glasgow's Energy Efficiency demonstrator explores these areas and investigates potential data based solutions - using rich data to create a detailed portrait of the city’s energy consumption and act upon factors that change energy behaviours throughout the city.

Glasgow City Energy

Developed in collaboration with Glasgow Company, Integrated Environmental Solutions, the Glasgow City Energy Model will map in 2D & 3D the energy consumption of residents and businesses across Glasgow. Through either the web portal, accessible via a standard web browser, or the app developed as part of the demonstrator, users will be able to enter information relating to the property they live or work in, which will run a simulation to calculate the anticipated energy consumption of their property. The simulated results will be compared against their actual energy consumption and the consumption of residents/businesses residing in similar properties across Glasgow, allowing the User to understand if they are energy efficient or not.

The simulation will also suggest retrofit options for the property, based on the information supplied by the User, that could reduce their energy consumption. Illustrative payback times for the incorporation of these retrofit measures will be supplied. Residents will be able to find registered/approved service and technology providers who can install the suggested retrofit solutions for them.

The results of both the simulation and the actual consumption figures entered will feed into a 3D energy model of the City that will show:
What the estimated energy use across the City is

What the actual energy use is (where available)
Impact of retrofit measures on the energy consumption
In order to protect the privacy of Users, the results will be averaged across a geographical area, preventing people comparing their consumption against that of their neighbours. The average consumption displayed, however, will let Users know if they over-or under-consume energy compared with the people living in their local area.

Web Portal

From the web portal, residents will be able to find registered/approved service and technology providers who can install retrofit solutions for them.

Energy web portal

Insulation Retrofit

A project undertaken with the University of Strathclyde to test insulation methods for a range of homes across Glasgow and collect data on their impact on energy consumption. Sensors have and continue to be installed in pre and post upgrade properties in Glasgow, to monitor the performance of insulation programmes in order to ensure that the insulation system is functioning as expected. This will inform future insulation programmes across the City.

What are we installing?

As part of the Insulation Retrofit project, ambient comfort levels will be assessed through a range of sensors.

One such sensor is the BuildAx, which will be used to measure ambient temperature and relative humidity levels within properties across Glasgow that have had insulation installed. This was a sensor developed by the University of Strathclyde and deployed in parallel to the Eltek GC-05. The sensor is lower cost than the Eltek GC-05 and has been developed to create a lower cost monitoring solution that will allow more properties in Glasgow to be monitored.

The aim of this is to demonstrate that: a) the insulation is performing as expected and energy consumption is reduced; and b) that the conditions within the house have not been adversely affected and condensation levels are at an acceptable level.

A second sensor, the Eltek GC-05, will be used to measure ambient temperature and relative humidity levels within properties across Glasgow that have had insulation installed. The aim of this is to demonstrate that:
a) the insulation is performing as expected and energy consumption is reduced; and
b) that the conditions within the house have not been adversely affected and condensation levels are at an acceptable level.

This allows the Council and Housing Associations to identify insulation systems that function as expected and the house types on which they have successfully been installed, allowing them to make informed investment decisions. This information can also be made available to private householders to give them confidence that insulation will not adversely affect their property.

BuildAX Sensor

Eltec Sensor

Demand Side Management

A project carried out in collaboration with ScottishPower Energy Networks and Siemens, to understand the benefits that ’Demand Side Management’ - (controlling the electrical demand of building by turning specific loads on and off) - will bring to both the electrical network and the Council’s building estate. Building management systems will be enhanced in a range of buildings to allow them to "talk" to the power network and reduce their electrical demand by automatically adjusting their lighting and heating (for example).

Factors such as the weather will also be taken into account when deciding whether or not to turn loads on or off. This project will focus on a limited number Glasgow City Council properties with the hope the technology can be rolled out to other buildings across the City in the years to come.

Renewables Mapping

Developed in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, a Renewables Map has been created, which maps renewable energy opportunities within the city - specifically solar / photovoltaic electricity generation on vacant & derelict sites around Glasgow. The map developed will enable people or communities to identify sites where it is most appropriate to develop a renewables project, based on detailed analysis of the various policy and technical constraints that exist across the City.

Each site will be colour-coded to indicate whether it is favourable for development of renewables, which will ensure that both communities and the Council do not waste effort developing projects that, for a range of policy and technical reasons, are not suitable for renewables deployment.

VISIT MAPPING SITE

Behavioural Change

This is project completed in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, which seek to understand attitudes and beliefs of ordinary Glaswegians in relation to energy consumption. The study will incorporate the use of focus group sessions, social media and other forms of TV / film related media.

The project was completed in 3 phases:
01. Research PhaseWhat do Glaswegians think about energy, what are their greatest concerns and what influences them to modify their thoughts and behaviours?
02. Media Content PhaseVideo developed, based on previous research carried out by University, that highlights how integral energy is to our daily lives and how we should not take it for granted.
03. Engagement ToolDevelopment Phase based on research, 'Gamified' engagement tool developed with local company, designed to encourage people to modify their energy behaviours