Energy Efficient Buildings

Trent Basin Community Energy Project

The Waterside along the River Trent is part of a major regeneration project in Nottingham known as Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks)

Overview and objectives

The University of Nottingham is working with Blueprint, specialists in the development of sustainable homes and workspace, on the design and delivery of a sustainable housing development that is acting as a catalyst for change in the area. 

The benefits are reduced cost and more efficient use of distributed renewables to reduce the overall carbon emissions from the energy system. In addition the utilisation of energy storage provides additional services to help keep the UK power networks more robust and stable. 


Most of the necessary technologies are available but they are too expensive for consumers to invest in themselves and the business model is not in place that shows companies how they will make a return, so they do not invest.

Using novel consumer engagement tools and a focus on business model development the consortium will also develop and test business model templates that could be used by any developers of housing projects. It will also advance related research and development.


Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks) aims to accelerate the adoption of Community Energy Systems, a different way of generating and supplying locally generated heat and electricity to homes and commercial buildings. 

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