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Smart Energy Network Demonstrator

November 22, 2019

Working towards sustainability

Being an ethical company we still feel we can do more. With our move into the environmentally focussed Smart Innovation Hub at Keele Science Park, we are moving towards a more sustainable future.

Bitjam limited, software development service

Keele is one of the first UK universities to declare a ‘climate emergency’. A key strategic aim of the campus is to be environmentally sustainable in all that they do, and we are pleased to be part of it.

How the SEND Fund is helping us

We have partnered with Keele Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND), a fund giving businesses in Staffordshire 12 hours of consultancy to help us analyse our environmental impact. This consultancy period will help us evaluate our environmental policy, looking at issues such as staff transport and office habits. It will analyse the positive impact on Bitjam being located at the green energy focussed Smart Hub.

Our consultancy hours have given us the opportunity to revamp company environmental policies and evaluate company procedures, in relation to travel and emissions as well as office supplies and the supply chain.

In their own words:

The Keele University Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) – a European first, is an at scale environment providing a platform that allows energy generation, distribution, storage, forecasting and energy balancing to be intelligently carried out across different energy sources using the Keele University campus as a genuine ‘living laboratory.’ … the demonstration facility and data generated by SEND will underpin new research and innovation partnerships with local, regional and international business, generating new products, services and knowledge to drive sustainable high value economic growth and jobs locally as part of a UK-wide commitment to lead internationally as the home of ‘clean growth.’

Keele University

Bitjam limited, software development service

Future goals

By 2023, the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator will:

  • Support more than 240 local businesses
  • Create up to 440 higher value jobs
  • Save around 4,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide each year
  • Generate £40m GVA from £16m investment (>2:1 ROI) (Increasing to £80m GVA by 2036 - >5:1 ROI)

More information on SEND can be found on Keele University’s website.