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Reference Number ENA_10061339
Title Heatropolis
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 80%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2023
End Date 01 July 2023
Duration 3 months
Total Grant Value £177,993
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/10061339
Abstract "Heatropolis addresses Challenge 4: Accelerating decarbonisation of major energy demands; developing a new evidence-based framework for delivering net-zero district heating that will support a smarter, more flexible, and integrated energy system.Decarbonising large-scale district heating systems will have profound implications for investment planning in the electricity networks. The challenge of distributing power to low-carbon heat networks is growing and BEIS estimates that by 2050 they will serve over 18% of the heat demand for buildings.The Heatropolis project is at the forefront of energy network innovation as it requires the collaboration and coordination of a complex array of stakeholders to deliver a whole system approach and thinking with flexibility as the core theme. The project will deliver a highly scalable demonstration of accelerated decarbonisation for existing heat networks, as the methodology will have transferable properties for new infrastructure developments.The project will deliver:A replicable solution -- a data-led framework for improving operational planning in power network investment and heat network infrastructureAn integrated approach -- reduced risk for a cost-effective transition, in partnership with institutional investors, heat network operators and DNOsFlexibility services -- validated demand response mechanisms that can function within an agreed-profiled connection to manage capacity constraints, support increased use of variable renewable technologies, and reduce costs that are passed on to customers.Project success will be achieved through involvement and support from the following partners:Distribution Network Operator -- UK Power Networks is the UKs largest electricity distributor delivering power to 8.4 million homes and businessesHeat Network Operator -- Metropolitan manages over 75 ESCOs contracts for district heating networks, and is responsible for provisioning the design-engineering sub-contractor for the heat-load modeling and data validationSmart controls -- Passiv UK are market-leader in delivering net-zero innovation projects with deep domain expertise in monitoring, controlling and optimising low-carbon technologiesLocal Authority -- Camden London Borough Council, a progressive local authority with ambitious net zero targets by 2030 and a track record in district heat innovation, in which the energy centre for the Kings Cross heat network is locatedOur hypothesis is that we can help heat network operators transition to net zero. The commercial, reputational, environmental, safety and delivery needs of heat network operators and all other impacted stakeholders will be investigated through the discovery phase and inform the rest of the project."
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Added to Database 01/11/23