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Reference Number ENA_10061341
Title Full Circle
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 60%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 40%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 60%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 50%;
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 £122,574
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/10061341
Abstract "Full Circle addresses Challenge 4: Accelerating decarbonisation of major energy demands. Specifically, it is looking at improving the efficiency of heat networks to make heat networks cheaper and more accessible for everyone. The heating of housing developments and urban communities usually comes from high-carbon, low-efficiency, and high-cost heating sources such as natural gas or resistive electric heating. This project aims to deploy a new industry-leading framework for how heat network developers, property developers and ESCos can operationally and commercially recover low-grade waste heat from DNO transformers to use as an input into their heating networks and deliver lower cost and carbon heating.The design of the heat recovery from transformers and thermal storage capacities will be at the forefront of energy network innovation as it requires collaboration and agreement between UK Power Networks and multiple parties on complex technical and commercial considerations to be successful. This project requires cross-vector collaboration with industry and community to develop a framework that can be applied across UK Power Networks regions and across other DNOs.Full Circle has four key partners:UK Power Networks are the DNO for electricity and have been leading multiple innovation projects to increase the resilience and efficiency of its assets and will provide the technical knowledge to support this project.Arup is an engineering consultancy that develops innovative heating and energy infrastructure and solutions. They have a wealth of experience developing innovative energy solutions for national regions, cities, and individual developments.SGN is a gas distribution network and developer of heat networks. They are perfectly placed for this project as SGN Place are the property development subsidiary of SGN and has a senior living development planned in Wandsworth near UK Power Networks transformers which will be the demonstrator.Wandsworth Council provides planning permission to developments within the council boundaries and has the target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.This project is focused on solving the needs of all the stakeholders in this value chain: the heat network and property developers, the electricity network and finally the end customers. For the heat network developers, ESCos and end customers will benefit from an improved coefficient of performance (COP) for the heating system all year round and reduced costs. The electricity network will benefit from reduced reinforcement costs that also cause construction delays and influence customer energy costs."
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Added to Database 01/11/23