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Reference Number ENA_10025479
Title Resilient and Flexible Multi-Energy Hub Networks for Integrated Green Mobility
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 30%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 70%;
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
SPEN - SP Transmission Plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2022
End Date 01 May 2022
Duration 2 months
Total Grant Value £151,938
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SPEN - SP Transmission Plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/ENA_10025479
Abstract Rail is the single largest electricity user in the UK, consuming 4 TWh electricity pa (1.2% of UK total), with projected 3TWh electricity demand increase along with railway decarbonisation, requiring £18bn to £26bn investment.This project will investigate for the first time the feasibility of developing resilient and flexible railway multi-energy hubs around 2500 railway stations and connecting these hubs to form a hub network, with the following objectives:1. Efficiency and flexibility improvement – Maximise opportunities for zero-emission transport modes to deliver smarter energy systems at these stations through coordinated energy supply, power to trains, electric vehicles and buses, non-traction power and energy demand, V2T, V2S, and V2G.2. Emission reduction – Integrate local renewable energy production and energy storage.3. Power security - Strengthen traction power supply along 10,000 miles railway routes by networking the hubs to support on-going railway electrification and decarbonisation and to meet the growth of railway services.4. Power grid support – Improve power grid resilience and flexibility by providing services where possible, such as demand side response, frequency and voltage support.The discovery phase will select a small sample of suitable railway stations to investigate the feasibility of multi-energy hubs design, addressing the following issues:1. Energy efficiency and system flexibility improvement potentials of energy hubs.2. Uncertainties and operational risks.3. Suitable power electronics architecture to meet AC and DC power demand and exchange at different voltage levels.4. Operation and control challenges to coordinate energy conversations and exchanges.5. Business models. This project will deliver:• Energy efficiency analysis tools to support Network Rail maximise efficiency improvement potentials around 2500 railway stations.• Stakeholder engagement to convert sample railway stations into energy hubs in alpha and beta phases to support roll-out of the energy hub technology in achieving decarbonisation of 60% unelectrified routes with reliable traction power supply by 2050.This project is led by SP Transmission plc and SP Distribution plc with three partners of substantial expertise in energy innovation, railway electrification and rail economics - Network Rail (infrastructure provider): railway expertise and data; University of Leeds (academic user): railway power electronics and railway economics; Ricardo (3rd party innovator): electricity supply decarbonisation and novel power electronic devices connecting traction network to distribution network. This project addresses the security challenges facing both railways and power sectors when the future energy system almost entirely runs on low carbon energy sources.
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