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GREEN NEWS SALFORD START-UP TO USE AI FOR INNOVATIVE ENERGY PROJECT 25 MANCHESTER AIRPORT AWARDED CARBON NEUTRAL STATUS UPSIDE ENERGY, an awardwinning start-up based in Salford, has been awarded grant funding to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to maximise the potential of energy storage in homes and businesses. The company’s aim is to create a cloud service that aggregates the energy stored in thousands of small energy devices in businesses and homes, such as batteries attached to solar PV systems, electric vehicles and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), to create a ‘Virtual Energy Store’. This store can then be used by the grid as a back-up power source, reducing the UK’s reliance on traditional power stations. The National Grid will provide a cash Green Intelligence is a free e-bulletin of tailored environmental news and information delivered by ENWORKS in partnership with the Chamber. Chamber members can sign up for the fortnightly summary of green issues affecting local companies at: www.greenintelligence.org.uk/chamber MANCHESTER AIRPORT is among the first in the UK to be awarded Level 3+ carbon neutral status after investing over £7.5 million in energy efficiency, purchasing clean electricity and offsetting emissions. The airport has been awarded the status by the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, run by the Airports Council International (ACI). The airport’s awardwinning energy management team have now installed more than 25,000 low energy LED lights throughout the airport, including the first on any UK runway. The team also recently completed a UK-first trial of electric ground handling vehicles powered by renewable electricity. Over the last decade, enough energy has been saved to power 10,000 homes. The airport also purchases all of its electricity from renewable sources and compensates for other emissions from its own operations through carbon offsetting schemes. Ken O’Toole, chief executive of Manchester Airport, said: “As an organisation we recognise that climate change is an important global challenge.” “This achievement demonstrates the lengths we go to ensuring we balance our role as economic generator, alongside caring for the environment, whilst working with our third parties to reduce the wider impact of our industry.” BOLTON INTERCHANGE MARKS SUSTAINABILITY PROGRESS BOLTON HAS added to its sustainability credentials by incorporating several ecofriendly and energy saving technologies into its new £48 million transport interchange. Once complete, the new Bolton Interchange will improve passenger facilities and provide a skylink bridge connecting to Bolton train station. Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a lightweight alternative to glass used on the Eden Project in Cornwall, has been used to allow natural light into the centre of the building and reduce the need for artificial lighting. Solar panels on the roof will also generate electricity for the facility, while ‘living rooftops’ are being added to enhance biodiversity on the site and improve thermal performance. In addition, a rainwater harvesting system will collect water from the roof into large buried tanks to flush public toilets on site. Meanwhile, air source heat pumps are being installed to help regulate temperature in the interchange more efficiently. Cllr Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM committee, said: “Promoting sustainability is a pressing issue for Greater Manchester and our aim is to support economic growth in the region while also protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for residents. incentive for this back-up power, which Upside will then redistribute back to the device owners. The new grant funding forms part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to use machine learning and AI methods to optimise Upside’s capabilities. Dr Graham Oakes, founder and chief executive of Upside Energy, said: “This is a really exciting project. “Our strategy is to work with academic partners to develop the intellectual property that will be at the heart of an intelligent energy system, one where resources are used carefully and thoughtfully and hence at low cost and with minimal impact on the environment.”


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