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Reference Number NIA_CAD0073
Title FI-0003 - Common future end states and transition pathways
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 20%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen transport and distribution) 30%;
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
Cadent Central
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2021
End Date 30 June 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £195,000
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Central (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent Central (99.996%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0073
Objectives The project is looking to address the problem by utilising the following steps1) Compile the current views from published work and expert knowledge of the various end states and pathways to these end states. Capturing the assumptions and data for each and review existing scenarios (FES, CCC etc. 2) The delivery partner will work with BEIS and the networks on the envelope or discrete set of scenarios to be used within the System Transformation programme. Identifying any short comings in the data or granularity of the work. All abandoned scenarios will be identified, and reasons given for not progressing.3) Work with the networks to align the likely end states and pathways to scenarios. An initial information gathering session to then sense check that no gaps exist will be carried out.4) A defined list of stakeholders to sense check the test cases and assumptions they contain will be developed between BEIS, networks and the project partner. The project partner will facilitate workshop(s) and carry out targeted engagement with the defined stakeholders to challenge and review the options and the corresponding assumptions.5) After stakeholder engagement has been carried out the project partner will define a list of test cases and associated assumptions to be used within the System Transformation programme.6) Identifying the evidence that would be used to narrow down the list of test cases in the future, including from other Hydrogen Grid R&D sub-programmes, to ensure they are credible. As part of this work assumptions for each option will note any interdependencies. 7) The project partner will also develop an enduring process for refreshing the test cases and any assumptions that underpin those test cases.8) Assessment of each end state will be made to determine any added value options into non heat sectors which may influence the overall benefit of such an end state.If there is insufficient granularity on a regional level of the completed review the project will potentially move into a second phase where further modelling will be carried out to fill gaps that are seen as critical to the projects success. This second phase if required will be a continuation of this project.Data compiled in this process will be managed in the first instance by the lead network with the intention that the System Transformation Data project will establish the programmes data retention location and ongoing structure. The project is rated low in the common assessment framework detailed in the ENIP document after assessing the total project value, the progression through the TRL levels, the number of project delivery partners and the low level of data assumptions.No additional peer review is required for this project. This project will develop a set of credible and compatible ends states, pathways to those end states and scenarios that can be used as test cases for the System Transformation programme, including any underlying assumptions, to allow comparison of the benefits and challenges associated within each. These test cases will provide a clear view of which energy carriers (hydrogen, green gases such as biomethane or a blend), to what proportion and where the transmission and distribution networks could be transporting and to what extent they would be repurposed or require new networks in 2050 (end states) to support both the conveyance of hydrogen and provide the connectivity and resilience required by government, consumers and industry, as well as a set of credible transitional steps (pathways) required to achieve them. The size and shape of these networks, as well as the pathways to achieve them, will depend on supply, demand and storage volumes, profiles, uses and locations of hydrogen, natural gas and biogas (scenarios) across the transition. The work is of benefit to the Hydrogen Grid R&D programme to set the parameters that the other projects will use to deliver sufficient insight into the options for hydrogen in 2050 and the route to it are robustly understood. This is key to a government decision on hydrogen in the mid 2020s.  The objective of this project is to define a set of test cases that form the parameters which will then be used by other projects within the System Transformation programme. The overall programme will use these parameters to deliver sufficient insight into the options for hydrogen in 2050 and the route to it are robustly understood. The success of the overall programme is key to a government decision on hydrogen for heating in the mid 2020s.
Abstract This project will develop a set of credible and compatible ends states, pathways to those end states and scenarios (example below) that can be used as test cases for the System Transformation programme, including any underlying assumptions, to allow comparison of the benefits and challenges associated within each.  These test cases will provide a clear view of which energy carriers (hydrogen, green gases such as biomethane or a blend), to what proportion and where the transmission and distribution networks could be transporting and to what extent they would be repurposed or require new networks in 2050 (end states) to support both the conveyance of hydrogen and provide the connectivity and resilience required by government, consumers and industry, as well as a set of credible transitional steps (pathways) required to achieve them. 
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Added to Database 02/11/22