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Reference Number ENA_10061544
Title Watt Heat
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 100%;
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
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 £109,160
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/10061544
Abstract "Heat pumps draw a steady load from the network, but new forms of thermal storage for electric heating, such as electric heat batteries or water tanks, have the potential to shift load to off-peak periods, however, the data available is limited and flexibility products/market mechanisms do not yet exist.The objectives of this project are to investigate the flexibility potential of thermal storage technologies, individually and in combination with heat pumps, and understand how far in time these technologies can shift electrical demand relative to customer heat demands. If successful, the solutions will help mitigate mass heat load on the low voltage network at shoulder or peak times and enable other network services such as resilience to outages, and cold start impact mitigation.This proposal addresses two of the SIF challenges:Primary: Challenge 4: Accelerating the decarbonisation of major energy demands -- by increasing the use of flexibility from heat technologies to support the integration of multiple demands onto the network; and,Secondary: Challenge 2: Preparing for a Net Zero power system -- increasing the ability to access system support from novel demand-side heat technologies.The Discovery Phase will be delivered through the collaboration of the following partners:UK Power Networks: the DNO providing key input on avoided network costs and service/incentive design;Baringa: a specialist energy sector consultancy who are ideally suited to lead utilising their commercial and market expertise, whilst ensuring we conduct a neutral market scan without favouring any specific technology in the Discovery Phase;Passiv UK: a technical heat systems consultancy suited to provide a broad perspective of heat storage solutions in the market;Tepeo: a technology supplier suited to provide deep expertise into heat batteries, a leading solution in this field; andGLA: as the local government representative to provide insight into Londons multi-occupancy building customers, and the associated stakeholders.If successful, this project will deliver the following value to its direct and indirect users:End consumers: maintaining comfort levels while offsetting the cost of new technology installation and lower energy bills through flexibility revenues;DNOs (and their connected customers): optimising network use across the day through minimising the network impact of heat technologies at peak times;The wider energy system: accelerating the uptake of heat technologies by evidencing the applicability of solutions to new customer segments; andWider society: presenting possible market value to accelerate and offset the costs of transitioning to Net Zero."
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Added to Database 01/11/23