Glasgow eNews - June 2017

Uniting around the Smart Street

Since the start of the project in November, we have been putting a lot of effort into ensuring that the various stakeholders across the city have a full understanding of the Ruggedised project, what it brings to the city, and how it dovetails with others ‘smart city’ projects being delivered. The project involves a lot of complex concepts that, once implemented will lead to a more secure, renewable, and affordable energy system for the residents and business of Glasgow. We have moved through the detailed planning stage and are progressing into the physical delivery of the smart solutions for our ‘Smart Street’, utilising the unique skills of our consortium of partners working on the project. We still have work to do to ensure we reach all of our stakeholders, and to continue our progress however, I am confident that by continuing to work together as we have, this project will help deliver meaningful change for Glasgow in the long term.

Gavin Slater, RUGGEDISED project manager, Glasgow City Council

PROJECT TIMING: Month 6 / 60


Spreading understanding of Ruggedised to various different stakeholders across the city, securing a strong support for the project.


Continuing the good momentum from the planning phase into the implementation phase.


The development of the two district heating systems within the project district are making steady progress and the establishment of a business model to support the connection of external customers to these networks is also making steady progress. This solution aims to help facilitate the growth of district heating in the city as a means of providing lower carbon & lower cost heat to business and homes situated nearby a district heating network.

See smart solution – District Heating Business Model


We have created 3D models of the 200kW solar array that will be placed on the car park and produce renewable energy to power electric vehicles and be stored in the battery for later use. The model allows us to simulate various different use case scenarios to help us plan for best utilisation of the power and deliver localised benefits. We have also agreed an EV charging deployment plan, with our partners Transport Scotland. We are still in the planning stage with regards to the interface between the energy generation assets and the software and hardware control systems that will maximise the local benefit. Working together with our partners in Siemens, Scottish Power and the University of Strathclyde, we will design a sophisticated control system that will manage the relationship between buildings in the city and the electricity grid.


Working with our partners in the project, we are looking at ways to improve the use of electricity for heating in local housing, investigating battery storage as a way to help with fuel poverty. We are still in the design phase but will soon move into the deployment phase. This will look at ways in which batteries can be used to store power in domestic premises, which can later be used to heat those premises.


June 13 - 14: We recently hosted all of our consortium partners in Glasgow, and provided them with a chance to understand the project district and how it relates to Glasgow as a whole.

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