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Data4Sustain – feasibility decision support tool for renewable energy technologies

University of Nottingham Innovation Park – view looking north-east towards the Sir Colin Campbell Building which is supplied with renewable energy from the lake in the foreground via a water source heat pump (©Photo courtesy of University of Nottingham)

University of Nottingham Innovation Park – view looking north-east towards the Sir Colin Campbell Building which is supplied with renewable energy from the lake in the foreground via a water source heat pump (©Photo courtesy of University of Nottingham)

LQM have successfully won a prestigious collaborative competition funding bid through the UK’s Innovation agency, Innovate UK , (Solving Urban Challenges with Data – Feasibility Studies). The Data4Sustain project is an exciting industry-led collaboration between LQM, the British Geological Survey, the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (University of Nottingham) and Nottingham Energy Partnership Energy Services (NEPes). The project will develop a web-based geographical information system (GIS) decision-support tool for renewable energy technology selection by integrating and adding value to existing environmental datasets and relevant spatial layers dictating feasibility and competitiveness.

Despite the existence of national renewable energy targets, incentive schemes and regional resource estimates, the efficiency of technology feasibility selection can be a major constraint to project start-up and exploitation of potential energy resources.

Therefore, the Data4Sustain decision-support tool aims to provide potential users such as house builders, developers, local authorities, community groups and businesses, with the necessary information to help them decide which renewable energy options are available to them on a site-by-site basis and facilitate the transition to a low carbon future and diversification of energy supplies.

NEPes is a key delivery partner for the 2020 Nottingham City Energy Strategy and Action Plan and leading players in promoting sustainable energy across the East Midlands in both business and community group sectors. Also on board are two prominent local end-users with the necessary practical stakeholder insight and advice, the University of Nottingham Estates Office and Positive Homes Ltd. These end-users provide projects against which to help validate the Data4Sustain project deliverables (see photos for some examples). The project runs for 12 months starting July 2015. If you are interested in contacting the project team please contact LQM (data4sustain@gmail.com 0115 7484080) or to register an interest in Data4Sustain and keep up to date with the latest developments please sign-up to the Data4Sustain mailing list.

Example of early solar PV installation undertaken by Positive Homes Ltd (©Photo courtesy of Positive Homes Ltd)

Example of early solar PV installation undertaken by Positive Homes Ltd (©Photo courtesy of Positive Homes Ltd)