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Reference Number NIA2_SGN0002
Title Energy Storage Strategy
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
SGN - Scotland
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2021
End Date 30 September 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £119,997
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Central (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent Eastern (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent North London (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent North West (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent West Midlands (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Southern England (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA2_SGN0002
Objectives The project will follow a three-phase approach as follows: Phase 1 will build upon will build on SGNs Energy Storage Challenge report and establish the current position and effectiveness on security of supply and storage and how that has evolved over time from state-run monopolies to private companies operating in a range of regulated and unregulated markets. Phase 2 will look at storage and security of supply options for the energy transition and beyond. This will necessarily include a “whole systems” approach and assess technical suitability, flexibility, readiness and knowledge gaps.  Phase 3 will look forward and identify a policy framework including assumptions, infrastructure requirements and business models to support energy storage and security in the short, medium and long term The project proposal is outlined below: Phase 1-Establish the Current Position on StorageDevelop upon key conclusions identified from the SGN Energy Storage Report to establish areas of project focus.Explore the history of UK energy storage policy:Identify origin of 1:20/1:50 peak demands and what risks were assessedDescribe how UK energy resilience through storage policy has changedAssess market performance with the UKs gradual decrease in strategic energy storesIdentify how exposed the UK is to changes of ownership in gas storage assetsExplore current shutdown hierarchy in the BEIS Network Emergency Plan: Downstream Gas and Electricity (NEP) for a national supply emergency focusing on the role of energy storage.Conduct a stakeholder exercise with energy storage operators (electricity and gas) and the wider industry to understand their current and future concerns.Compare UK storage options with the Europe and Worldwide to supplement findings from the SGN reportSet out and explain the correct use of parameters needed to make meaningful comparisons between different energy systems (heat pump systems vs hydrogen).Phase 2-Storage and the Energy transition Identify the viable options for the energy transition and the implications for storageAssess security of supply for gas and electricity and the impact on energy storageUtilise output of the Real-Time Networks (NIC) project to investigate the demand profiles and implications of electrification of domestic heatReview likely options for repurposing on-shore and off-shore natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen transport and storageDetermine the impact of green hydrogen on gas storage and the relationship with renewable power generation and demand. Options include:Off-shore hydrogen with subsea pipelines to existing or new beach terminalsNew subsea power cables with hydrogen production on shoreTransfer of hydrogen to onshore or offshore storageAssess the role of nuclear energy in hydrogen production and energy storageInvestigate the roles of other hydrogen transport and storage forms including:AmmoniaLOHCLiquid HydrogenAssess the role of hydrogen for electricity storage in a power-gas-power configurationInvestigate the future role of energy imports to the UKDetermine options for biomethane storagePhase 3 - Next stepsAssess the roles of identified storage options from phases 1 and 2 and categorise them in terms of:Technical suitabilityReadiness (Evidence gaps)PotentialIdentify what the energy storage industry needs from UK Government Departments such as BEIS or regulators such as HSE and Ofgem in the short, medium and long term. The objectives of the project are to categorize storage in terms of whatis technical suitable and ready to roll out to support transition to low carbon energy. The project will also aim to illustrate what the energy storage industry requires from UK Government departments such as BEIS or regulators such as the HSE and Ofgem in the short, medium and long term to develop storage for the UK at scale.
Abstract The project aims to produce an energy storage strategy for the UK based on the system transformation from a technical and engineering perspective, that is, based on practical and realsitic options rather than scenarios. The project will also define what a market stimulus for energy storage could look like for both on shore and off shore storage options. A three phased approach will cover the current storage market and rationale behind it, storage challenges for energy transition and next steps for energy storage policy for a net zero emission future.
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Added to Database 02/11/22