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Reference Number EP/K002252/1
Title Energy Storage for Low Carbon Grids
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 55%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 40%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 20%;
Principal Investigator Professor G (Goran ) Strbac
No email address given
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2012
End Date 30 June 2018
Duration 69 months
Total Grant Value £5,621,017
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (99.988%)
  Other Investigator Prof D J ( ) Rogers , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor PC (Phil ) Taylor , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Professor JW Bialek , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr C Dent , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Professor P Bruce , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor P Grant , Materials, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr Y Ding , Inst of Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor ZX (Zheng Xiao ) Guo , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
Professor CP Grey , Chemistry, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor RJ (Richard ) Green , Business School, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor PJ (Peter ) Hall , Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Carbon Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , ABB Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Electricity North West Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , ETI (Energy Technologies Institute) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nexeon Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dong Energy, Denmark (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , AG Holding Ltd (trading as Axeon) (0.000%)
Project Contact , International Power plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Isentropic Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , M-Solv Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Grid Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , E.ON New Build and Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Electricity Storage Network Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Highview Power Storage (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department of Energy & Climate Change (0.000%)
Project Contact , WorleyParsons UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Williams Advanced Engineering (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.000%)
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Abstract The UK electricity system faces challenges of unprecedented proportions. It is expected that 35 to 40% of the UK electricity demand will be met by renewable generation by 2020, an order of magnitude increase from the present levels. In the context of the targets proposed by the UK Climate Change Committee it is expected that the electricity sector would be almost entirely decarbonised by 2030 with significantly increased levels of electricity production and demand driven by the incorporation of heat and transport sectors into the electricity system. The key concerns are associated with system integration costs driven by radical changes on both the supply and the demand side of the UK low-carbon system. Our analysis to date suggests that a low-carbon electricity future would lead to a massive reduction in the utilisation of conventional electricity generation, transmission and distribution assets. The large-scale deployment of energy storage could mitigate this reduction in utilisation, producing significant savings. In this context, the proposed research aims at (i) developing novel approaches for evaluating the economic and environmental benefits of a range of energy storage technologies that could enhance efficiency of system operation and increase asset utilization; and (ii) innovation around 4 storage technologies; Na-ion, redox flow batteries (RFB), supercapacitors, and thermal energy storage (TES). These have been selected because of their relevance to grid-scale storage applications, their potential for transformative research, our strong and world-leading research track record on these topics and UK opportunities for exploitation of the innovations arising.At the heart of our proposal is a whole systems approach, recognising the need for electrical network experts to work with experts in control, converters and storage, to develop optimum solutions and options for a range of future energy scenarios. This is essential if we are to properly take into account constraints imposed by the network on the storage technologies, and in return limitations imposed by the storage technologies on the network. Our work places emphasis on future energy scenarios relevant to the UK, but the tools, methods and technologies we develop will have wide application.Our work will provide strategic insights and direction to a wide range of stakeholders regarding the development and integration of energy storage technologies in future low carbon electricity grids, and is inspired by both (i) limitations in current grid regulation, market operation, grid investment and control practices that prevent the role of energy storage being understood and its economic and environmental value quantified, and (ii) existing barriers to the development and deployment of cost effective energy storage solutions for grid application. Key outputs from this programme will be; a roadmap for the development of grid scale storage suited to application in the UK; an analysis ofpolicy options that would appropriately support the deployment of storage in the UK; a blueprint for the control of storage in UK distribution networks; patents and high impact papers relating to breakthrough innovations in energy storage technologies; new tools and techniques to analyse the integration of storage into low carbon electrical networks; and a cohort of researchers and PhD students with the correct skills and experience needed to support the future research, development and deployment in this area
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