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Reference Number NIA_NGN_391
Title Low to no power heat alternatives
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 30%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 30%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 40%;
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
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 May 2023
End Date 31 May 2025
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £179,400
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SSEN Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (0.001%)
Project Contact , UKPN London Power Networks plc (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_391
Objectives "This project looks to modify the existing LIND Ltd technology (an installed energy storage system) to produce a solution that will alleviate the negative impacts associated with the loss of both the heat and electrical demand by the impacted households/ consumer. The end solution will comprise of a standalone unit that can be easily deployed and continually supported, beyond a single discharge capacity, in instances where outages last for a significant period (greater than a day). This solution can then be collected for reuse in future incidents and outages.The project is split into three stages to take the proposed modified technology from TRL 3 to 6: Stage 1 (Design Study and Feasibility) – comprises of several investigations to refine the requirements of the LIND system to develop a solution that meets the technical needs while being as cost-effective as possible.Stage 2a (Proof of concept and Prototype testing) – produce a full-scale prototype for the temporary solution and demonstrate its capability.Stage 2b (Certification) – comprehensive testing and documentation of safeguards, both technical and nontechnical, in each environment by using established evaluation criteria." "Feasibility Study – production of a series of reports to assess need, impact, cost, and carbon footprint of proposed technology based on the modification of existing LIND Ltd technologies. These reports will provide information to the steering committee in their go/ no go decision.Prototype Delivery – In house modifications to be developed and installed. Simulated operating and system efficiencies to be conducted. Proposal and production figures to be derived for steering committee to assess. " " Stage 1§ Market study – determine the need and requirements of the identified clients and the subsequent demand§ Technical feasibility – the modifications required to provide the deliverables identified in the needs/ requirements of the market study. Innovations and associated impact to the technology will be assessed. Safety and risk issues identified with appropriate elimination/ mitigation assurances adopted.§ Operational feasibility – support networks (such as the unit deployment, electrolyte refill, and personnel level) to be assessed based on the market study and the technical feasibility outputs. § Economic feasibility – will determine an initial upfront and ongoing cost for technology at the end of the project. Areas of cost optimisation to be identified and worked toward as part of stage 2 for hypothetical developments.§ Carbon audit – impact to produce, support, and run will be determined for the systems carbon footprint assessment and compared to alternative technologies available Stage 2§ Preliminary schematics – with the identified requirements from the Stage 1 Technical Feasibility and Operational feasibility showing the bill of materials and assembly process required for both the temporary and semi-permanent solutions. § Diaphragm reservoir – reservoir mechanical separation for drainage and replenishment of used and new electrolyte respectively. § Stack and electrolyte production – electrochemical stacks and electrolyte required for 1 prototype system will be produced and changed between the two system solutions § Temporary Solution system – the required wet works with inputted diaphragm technology produced and tested. § Life cycle assessments – inhouse cycle efficiencies tested onthe temporary solution to the estimated usage pattern identified from the Stage 1 market study § Certification Acquirement – identification and conduct of appropriate certifications to be deployed into field§ Report – a finalised report will be produced identifying risks possible for field deployment and updated figures incorporating real data to the estimates from the feasibility reports"
Abstract Loss of electricity, gas, or both occur across the UK due to a variety of reasons, ranging from natural causes, human error, and system overloads. Most outages do not last very long (ending in seconds to minutes), however, there are instances where network outages can last for extended periods of time (days to weeks). Though inconvenient for all consumers, the severity of impact can differ from each household, particularly where vulnerable individuals or persons requiring support from healthcare equipment are affected. During extended outages, local communities look to alleviate the impact by providing independent systems to provide heat or electricity output.
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Added to Database 01/11/23