Project Partners

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. BEIS is a project partner of the Smart Communities Project and is keen to see the potential for heat pumps to be operated in a smart community.  


Daikin Industries, Ltd. (TSE: 6367) is a global leader in the market of residential, commercial and industrial use air conditioning systems, with a well-established presence in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. The company is also one of the leaders in the fluorochemicals industry. Daikin is installing 600 HPs for residents and provide heat pump aggregation system which balances the load of the heat pumps.

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Electricity North West

Electricity North West own the regional electricity distribution network in the North West of England, taking power from the National Grid, and distributing it at lower voltages to business and domestic customers.  They are committed to gaining the knowledge and experience of the installation of new low carbon heating technologies and understanding their impact on the distribution network to benefit customers and meet UK emission targets.

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) was formed in 2011 to compliment the work of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities undertake on behalf of the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities. The ten councils have worked together voluntarily for many years on issues that affect everyone in the region, like transport, regeneration, and attracting investment and the GMCA gives more local control over issues that affect people who live in the area. Our role in the Smart Communities project is to help coordinate the other partners and to help ensure the learning and successes of the project is shared across GM.



Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company. Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. Hitachi provides Aggregation system and ICT system electrical power aggregation functions, which aggregate the load-balancing capacity from the heat pumps for trading in the electricity trading markets in this project.

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Mizuho Bank

Mizuho Bank provides financial and strategic solutions for the increasingly diverse and sophisticated needs of clients, focusing its efforts on serving major corporations, financial institutions, individuals, public sector entities and small and medium-sized enterprises. Mizuho investigate the Electricity Aggregation Business Model using heat pumps, and set out to popularise and expand the heat pump aggregation business with Hitachi and Daikin.

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Established in 1980, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has been one of the largest public research and development management organisation in Japan and has worked with the government to promote economic and industrial policy. NEDO undertakes technology development and demonstration activities to carry out two basic missions, addressing energy and global environmental problems and enhancing industrial technology. To accomplish these two missions, NEDO coordinates and integrates the technological capabilities of private enterprises and research abilities of universities, instead of hiring its own researchers, and organises technology development activities as national projects to realise fundamental technologies. NEDO covers a wide range of technology development fields such as energy conservation technologies, renewable energy technologies, rechargeable batteries, materials and nanotechnologies, robot technologies, and electronics, information and telecommunications. By supporting private sectors and research institutes, NEDO promotes the development of technologies necessary for the future.

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Northwards Housing is an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) which manages 13,500 homes on behalf of Manchester City Council. Although the homes are owned by the council, most services offered to tenants are managed by Northwards. Their vision is: “We will make a difference in north Manchester by helping to make it a place where people choose to live, learn and work. Affordable, energy-efficient homes and strong community pride will make our neighbourhoods thrive.”

Procure Plus

Procure Plus is actively engaged in the business of physical and social regeneration across the North West of England. They are a commercial, not for profit, company specialising in the procurement of goods and services relating to domestic new-build and the repair and maintenance of social housing.   With effective bulk-buying and dynamic supply chain management, and ensuring compliance with EU and UK procurement regulations, they help to deliver huge savings and outstanding value-for-money for clients.  Using a range of support and training mechanisms, they also deliver many social benefits including working with people who are far from the labour market and bringing them into worthwhile, permanent employment.    

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Six Town Housing

Six Town Housing, who manage housing stock on behalf of Bury Council, will install the technology in 200 council houses that require new heating systems across the borough. A show home is based in Bury to demonstrate the technology to Six Town Housing tenants before installation.

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Wigan and Leigh Homes

Wigan and Leigh Homes was set up in 2002 as an arm’s length company to manage and improve 22,000 homes on behalf of Wigan Council.
As a top performing social landlord, Wigan and Leigh Homes understands that a home is much more than bricks and mortar.
Through schemes like NEDO, Wigan and Leigh Homes is showing how housing providers can be at the forefront of innovation helping to protect the environment, improving energy efficiency and giving tenants a home they can be proud of.

The NEDO Smart Communities project is delivered by

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Warmer Energy Services

Warmer Energy Services is an award winning company with over 20 years’ experience of installing and maintaining heating and renewable technology systems in thousands of homes. The Company is the preferred partner of many of the nation’s largest social housing landlords and utility companies, for the installation, replacement, and maintenance of energy efficient systems, regularly achieving 100% customer satisfaction.