Energy Superhub Oxford

UKRI Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme

ECI lead: Dr Sam Hampton

Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) aims to eliminate 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year – the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road.

We have installed a giant hybrid battery to enable more clean electricity, developed a powerful electric vehicle (EV) charging network to encourage EV uptake, including the electrification of the Council’s own fleet of vehicles, and implemented low carbon heating in homes.

Our work

As a vital part of Oxford City Council’s response to the climate emergency, ESO aims to provide a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality. Our work focuses on innovation in three areas, brought together by smart technologies to optimise performance and benefits:

  • Electric vehicle charging – new high voltage cables are providing power to support growing EV adoption across Oxford
  • Battery energy storage – a giant hybrid battery stores energy and helps to make greater use of renewable power from the wind and sun
  • Ground source heating – over 60 properties in Blackbird Leys have ground source heat pumps to warm their homes.


Energy Superhub Oxford – summary report

Sam Hampton, Labib Azzouz, Tina Fawcett, Philip Grunewald, David Howey, Volkan Kumtepeli, Tina Mould and Tim Rose

April 2023

Energy Superhub Oxford's (ESO) main focus was investment in infrastructure for energy storage, electric vehicle charging, low carbon home heating and developing innovative, smart ways of generating benefits for users, investors and society at large. This summary report highlights research findings spanning each of the major work packages: transport, decarbonising heat, and the transmission grid connected battery, its operation and carbon impact.