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Reference Number EP/S001492/1
Title MaxImiSing flexibility through multi-Scale IntegratiON of energy systems (MISSION)
Status Started
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 25%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr M Qadrdan
No email address given
Cardiff University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 29 June 2018
End Date 31 May 2022
Duration 47 months
Total Grant Value £628,872
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Wales
Programme ISCF - Skills
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M Qadrdan , Engineering, Cardiff University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Warwick (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , ITM Power PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Energy Systems Catapult Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tata Group UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Iceland, Iceland (0.000%)
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Abstract Background:The UK has legally-binding targets to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase the use of renewable sources of energy. There is a target of reducing 80% of GHG emissions by 2050, compared to the 1990 level, as well as interim targets to reduce emissions and increase the use of renewable energy for 2020 and 2030. The electrification of heat along with a large utilisation of renewable sources for power generation are considered as a solution to meet the emission and renewable targets for UK. However, these will result in variability and uncertainty in electricity supply as well as substantially higher peaks of electricity demand. If these issues are to be addressed through a "predict and provide" approach (i.e. building more capacity for back-up power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure), significantly high costs will be incurred. These costs can be reduced by employing flexibility technologies enabling peak shaving and supporting electricity demand and supply balancing. A study for the UK Government estimates that deploying flexibility technologies (electricity storage, electricity demand response, flexible power station operation and international interconnectors) in the Great Britain power system can save up to 40bn of the power system costs to 2050 (1).In addition to the flexibility offered by battery storage which requires massive investment to be realised, there already exist substantial energy storage and demand response potentials within heat and gas systems which can be exploited to support the operation of electricity system and facilitate a cost-effective transition to a low carbon and resilient energy system. To achieve this, efficient integration of electricity, heat and gas systems across different scales is required. For example, the correct integration of the electricity and heating sectors through optimal operation of "power-to-heat" technologies and thermal storage (in the form of hot water tanks, ad also as thermal storage using the thermal inertia of networks and buildings) enables a shift in electricity demand required for heating.Research aims:This research will (i) identify and quantify potential flexibility that is inherent in gas and heat systems (e.g. gas and thermal storage and demand response capability) across various scales (i.e. buildings, district heating system, national gas transmission systems), (ii) optimise the provision of flexibility from gas and heat systems to support the operation of a low carbon power system, and (iii) develop modelling tools and methodologies to inform energy policy and provide technical and regulatory recommendations to enable maximum exploitation of flexibility through energy systems integration.Work Programme:WP1. Project management, engagement and exploitationWP2. Quantification of flexibility requirement in a low carbon power systemWP3. Characterisation and quantification of flexibility technologies in heat and gas sectorsWP4. Optimisation of integrated energy systems for flexibility provisionWP5. Agent-based game-theoretic model to investigate interactions between key players in integrated energy systemsWP6. Identifying real world barriers to exploitation of flexibility from energy systems integrationReferences(1) Carbon Trust, "An analysis of electricity system flexibility for Great Britain," , 2016.
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