The city of Sheffield is amongst those who have been awarded £50,000 from the UK Technology Strategy Board in a ‘smart city’ project. The money will go towards exploring potential improvements that might be made to the efficiency and coverage of district energy networks, and the use of smart technologies.
Over the next few months they, and other candidates, will put together a bid for a share of £24m that is available, which will be used to help make Sheffield an even greener city. They are currently working with a number of key partners within the city, including E.ON, Veolia and The University of Sheffield, looking into how the use of new smart technologies can improve their heat network; managing supply and demand, expand the existing network, and create new ones.
In regards to the applications, Joe Dignan, chief public sector analyst for Ovum, remarked “Over 50 applications which met the scope were considered for the funding, and 30 were given, rather than the 20 planned, because they were so good.”
Nottingham, Leeds, Derby and Bradford councils were also successful in receipt of £50,000 in funding for their own bids.