West Sussex County Council has asked the Your Energy Sussex team to lead on an EU-funded project to help business parks embrace renewable energy.
Through BISEPS (Businesspark Integrated Sustainable Energy Packages), we are working with seven European partners in Belgium, France and the Netherlands to develop an energy model that can be applied in business parks across Europe. A generic BISEPS 'tool' will be developed to help business parks identify and implement the most effective sustainable energy technology and reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs.
Business parks have been chosen as the focus of this project because their size makes them a good fit for mid-sized sustainable energy solutions, such as solar PV, heat pumps, combined heat and power installations and smart grids.
By addressing the energy needs of the business park as a whole, it is anticipated that the project will deliver additional benefits that would not be realised if individual companies set their own energy strategy in isolation. For example, heat produced as a waste by-product by one company could be used to meet a heat demand elsewhere on the business park. The project will also reduce the time, effort and money needed to carry out feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.
We are the only UK-based BISEPS partner and we are working with businesses in the Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID) in Crawley to develop and demonstrate the model. Manor Royal is one of four BISEPS 'living labs' (the others are in Breda, West Flanders and Lille) where the BISEPS methodology for harnessing renewable energy will be brought to life in the real world.
Further information is available on the project website www.biseps.eu.