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Discover highlights of Kensa’s groundbreaking webinar!


This webinar took an exclusive look into the revolutionary project that is encompassing low-carbon heat, transport and power. Kensa Contracting and the Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) consortium gave insight into the real-life model for large-scale decarbonisation – and showcased the smart technologies expected to combat 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Decarbonisation of heating: balancing the grid

ESO is what the future of heating and decarbonisation of the grid will look like. The ground-breaking project will feature electric vehicle charging, battery energy storage and ground source heat pumps. Tim Rose, Programme Manager of Energy Superhub Oxford at Pivot Power, explained the battery element of the project, as Pivot Power is supplying the largest hybrid battery ever deployed.

This webinar highlighted the endless, low-carbon possibilities of smart local energy systems. Viewers also found out how the clever integration of smart controls, time-of-use tariffs and heat optimisation software in every home is set to future-proof the project and form a blueprint for smart cities to come.

Climate Emergency Response in Action

In January 2019, Oxford City Council declared a Climate Emergency Declaration – ESO is a direct response. Councillor, Tom Hayes, of Oxford City Council addressed the bigger, net-zero picture of the project, and how ESO will pave the way for Oxford’s large-scale decarbonisation of power, heat and transport.

A first-look virtual tour: Blackbird Leys

Views went behind the scenes at ESO’s pilot heating phase with Stonewater, where 60 homes are being retrofitted with ground source heat pumps and smart controls. They took a virtual tour of the site in Blackbird Leys with host, Dr. Matthew Trewhella, Managing Director of Kensa Contracting – and learnt how these renewable technologies will tackle fuel poverty and stamp out high-cost heating bills for residents. The webinar also demonstrated how the project is supporting decarbonisation aims from Adam Masters, Stonewater’s Environmental Sustainability Manager.

Keynote speakers included:

  • Dr. Matthew Trewhella, Managing Director, Kensa Contracting
  • Tom Hayes, Councillor, Oxford City Council
  • Tim Rose, Programme Manager Energy Superhub Oxford, Pivot Power
  • Adam Masters, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Stonewater
  • David Broom, Commercial Director, Kensa Contracting
  • Stuart Gadsden, Director of Sales, Kensa Contracting
  • Lisa Treseder, Grants Specialist, Kensa Contracting
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The ESO project consists of six consortium partners, who are joining forces to eliminate Oxford’s carbon emissions. The project is backed by the UKRI and made possible with funding from the ‘Prospering From an Energy Revolution’ (PFER) programme.

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