Project LEO

One of the most ambitious, wide-ranging, and innovative trials to accelerate the UK’s transition to a zero carbon energy system.

Project LEO was a four year project that ended in March 2023. This collaborative project conducted multiple trials in Oxfordshire, issued numerous reports and gained vital insight into how a smart and flexible energy system of the future could look. The project also studied the infrastructure, markets and regulations that should be put in place to make this flexibility commercially and technically viable.

The project:

  • Tested new market and flexibility models – exploring new products and services to create new opportunities to benefit from the way we generate, store and use energy in our homes, organisations and communities.
  • Advanced the capabilities of networks to manage smart, renewable and storage technologies – learning what needs to happen to our electricity networks to make them ready for a change to a local energy system.
  • Facilitated local participation in the energy system – ensuring that individuals, households and organisations are part of the energy transition.

Through these trials, we gained a better understanding of how a smart, locally balanced energy system could bring social, economic, and environmental benefits for all. Find out more: visit the Project LEO website.

Read more about Project LEO and the Low Carbon Hub in this blog post.

Watch these two short videos reflecting on our work in Project LEO.

Case studies

Below are just some of our Project LEO case studies. To see more, visit this page.


Below are some of our Project LEO reports. To see more visit this page.


Below are some blog articles related to Project LEO. To see more visit this page.

The team:

Project LEO was a collaboration between:

  • Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks
  • Low Carbon Hub
  • University of Oxford
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Piclo
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Nuvve
  • Oxford City Council
  • Origami

It was funded by:

  • Industrial Strategy