ESO Blog

Follow the first phase of this smart city scheme with Stonewater Housing Association and Kensa Contracting as they upgrade the heating in 60 homes at Blackbird Leys. This represents the first phase of Kensa Contracting’s aim to pilot the smart technology in 300 homes around Oxford over the next two years.

The heat pump installations form part of Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO), a world-first project showcasing an integrated approach to decarbonising power, heat, and transport across Oxford.

You can keep up to date with the project’s key milestones via regular blog updates over on Kensa Contracting.

View the blog here

The project:


Blackbird Leys – in brief:


The Kensa ground source heat pump upgrade will feature:

  • A Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pump (6kW) in each property
  • Smart thermostats
  • Time-of-use energy tariffs
  • Heat optimisation software



Individual Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pumps will be retrofitted into each property, displacing 56 night storage heaters and 4 gas boilers. Connected to a communal ground array, the heat pumps will integrate with smart controls and time-of-use tariffs to optimise heat production for cost and carbon savings. The ground source heat pump system will be coupled with Switchee heating controls.


Catch up with the full blog post

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