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Reference Number NPG_NIA_038
Title The Value of Flexible Heat Demand as a Service to Distribution Networks
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 September 2021
End Date 31 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £35,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region North East
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Limited (99.999%)
Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) plc (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NPG_NIA_038
Objectives The most significant impact of the decarbonisation of heat in buildings will be felt at the low voltage distribution networks where electric heat technologies will largely connect. The project will address the issues by applying the following methods:Undertake stakeholder engagement on customer options for decarbonising heating of space in domestic buildings between now and 2030 across NPgs network licence areas. Forecast the levels of uptake of the individual technologies out to 2030 as well as their likely location of deployment throughout the licence areas. Create a web-based interactive regional map of the uptake of technologies to visualise hotspots areas which, in turn, could become areas of network constraints / intervention due to heat load growth.Identify and characterise the most common building archetypes in NPgs network licence areas. Establish the composition of the building stock representative of the geographic areas served by NPg. Assess the magnitude and shape of the electric heating demand (both flexible and non-flexible) conditional to the building architype and then of the overall building demand.Assess the technical impact of flexible electric heating on ED network design through detailed network analysis underpinned by power systems modelling.Quantify and assess the techno-economic impact of electric heating (both flexible and non-flexible) on NPgs ED network. Assess the impact of low carbon heating on distribution network development, operation and management. Establish the flexibility potential that buildings, as a system, can provide to the ED network as an alternative to conventional network reinforcement.Design and specify a real-world field trial to demonstrate the value of flexible electric heating demand that buildings as a system can provide as a flexibility service to the ED networks. This project will investigate the advantages of flexible heating services to both the network and to its customers. This is achieved by performing stakeholder engagement; analysis and review of building types and their role in flexible services; power system modelling for analysis of impact on distribution networks and design of a field trial. The aim is to understand and analyse the potential impact of flexible heating services.The objectives 1. Analyse customer options and take-up for de-carbonising heating.2. Assess and model building types and customer behaviour within the NPg area and investigate flexibility options.3. Quantify and assess the technical impact of flexible electric heating on ED network design through detailed network analysis underpinned by power systems modelling.4. Perform a techno-economic assessment of the impact of electric heating and update NPgs Low Carbon Technology Network Planner Tool to assess impact on the distribution network.Design a real-world field trial to assess the efficacy of proposed flexible heating solutions.
Abstract A study to understand the heat performance of typical buildings, found on both the northern Powergrid and other distribution networks, and to massess there current and future impact on electricty demand and networks operations.
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