Andrew Clark, energy lead at the North East LEP.
Jane Imrie

Multi-million pound smart energy lab launches in the North East

A multi-million pound testbed has been launched in the North East to boost the region’s smart energy capabilities.

The Integrated Smart Energy Lab (ISE Lab) has been launched in the region by the North East Energy Catalyst partnership, facilitated by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

ISE Lab will combine Newcastle University’s Smart Grid Laboratory and Urban Science Building Energy Storage Test Bed, the Durham University Smart Grid Laboratory and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s 3MW and 15MW powertrain test, demonstration and research assets, including its 18MVA Grid Emulation system (eGrid).

The project aims to unite the region’s smart energy capabilities in a bid to become the world’s first multi-site energy laboratory, as well as offering facilities for those seeking to innovate, de-risk and commercialise smart energy solutions, such as energy companies, SMEs, academia and the regional supply chain.

Andrew Clark, energy lead at the North East LEP, explained: “The national grid was first pioneered in the North East so it is fitting that we are now the region bringing forward a new and unique lab facility that will help us better explore and exploit the benefits of integrated energy systems.

He added: “This speaks to the strength of collaboration within our region.”

Tony Quinn, test facilities director at ORE Catapult, commented: “ISE Lab will bring together a combination of the best intellectual and physical assets that the region has to offer.

“It gives us a great opportunity to address and make a significant contribution to the technological changes required to achieve Net Zero.”

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