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Reference Number NIA_SPEN_0067
Title Data and Digitalisation - Discovery Continuity
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Other Supporting Data) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
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 February 2022
End Date 28 February 2027
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £450,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SPEN - SP Transmission Plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_SPEN_0067
Objectives WP1 will focus on the development of the system specifications, architecture and use cases of the overall EDS-DT, which will be used as the basis to inform the development of the DTs representing various energy vectors, i.e. electrical network, heat and hydrogen, in WPs 2-4, and the industrial cluster DT WP5. As the individual energy vector DTs and the industrial cluster DT, are developed from WPs2-5, WP6 will integrate all DTs together to establish an overall EDS-DT, DT which will act as an overarching and coordinating super-architecture ensuring consistency of scenarios, exogenous data and bulk energy flows, and will interact on this basis with all individual sectoral DTs in order to deliver the services required for the specified use cases. The EDS-DT represents the operation and dynamics, over a wide-range of timescales and with varying levels of fidelity, of a real-world future multi-vector energy system, coupled and interacting with complementary DTs representing energy vectors/sectors predicted to have a novel and growing influence on distribution system planning, real-time operation and control, and forecasting functions. These include:• A future electrical network, acting as the backbone of the energy system. The EDS-DT will be able to be interfaced with heat and hydrogen DTs at various scales and representing a wide range of applications and contexts, to represent the interaction of, and the challenges and opportunities associated with, of the interactions between energy from different vectors.• A DT for heat, which enables the dynamic interactions between the future heat systems in buildings (covering domestic to large-scale residential or commercial buildings, and district heating applications) and ED networks, allows the latter to intelligently operate heat pumps and thermal storage assets in response to weather forecasting, shaving the power demand peaks and accommodating more intermittent renewable power generation.• A DT for hydrogen, encompassing the production and use of low-carbon gas, alongside local GD networks supplying local demands such as heat/transport (including potentially energy-intensive hydrogen applications such as rail and marine), with the ED network potentially enabling the coupling of renewable electricity with electrolytic capacity;• A DT for industrial clusters, which represent independently-operated large-scale local energy systems having complex interactions with electricity, gas and storage facilities dependent on the nature of industrial energy demands and operational contexts. Maximise the success of discovery by feeding in additional learnings for users and use cases to inform the SIF outcomes
Abstract Data and Digitalisation - Discovery Continuity presents an industry-led, multi-partner programme to research and develop, for the first time, a multi-vector energy distribution system digital twin (EDS- DT), addressing critical challenges and catalysing a plethora of new prosperity-generating capabilities, opportunities, products and services for utility operators and stakeholders (supply chain, developers, users and society) while facilitating and accelerating the zero-carbon energy transition.
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Added to Database 14/10/22