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Reference Number ENA_10061572
Title Heat Risers
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 40%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 60%;
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 £123,080
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/10061572
Abstract "Decarbonising heat in homes is one of the hard problems of Net Zero, and all customers must have access to credible options to decarbonise which are fair and affordable. MoBs, ranging from social housing and blocks of flats to Victorian terraces, are one of the hard-to-reach sectors.The most common solution currently is the use of electric boilers or heat pumps, which for private/rental properties are marketed directly to the owner for installation in single residences, when a whole-building solution could have a lower energy demand per household and therefore accelerate connections and reduce costs for the energy system and consumer.This project, therefore, targets Challenge 4: Accelerating the decarbonisation of major energy demands by (a) developing approaches to integrate heat solutions for MoBs to reduce network impact, delays and disruption; and (b) enabling the use of solutions that improve network efficiencies for heat decarbonisation pathways. The proposal also supports Challenge 1 by enabling the decarbonisation of heat for consumers which may have reduced opportunities for decarbonisation.The energy network innovation involved in this proposal includes the design of novel network incentives, connection products, and/or services, that favour the uptake of whole-building solutions. The key outcomes of the project will be to ensure network constraints are less likely to prohibit residents of MoBs from uptake of heat solutions and to enable a reduced price point for customers in MoBs. These two factors should ensure that fewer customers are excluded from participating in a competitive market for heat solutions in the near-term.The Discovery Phase will be delivered through the collaboration of the following partners:UK Power Networks: as the DNO providing project oversight and key input to the current upgrades process, avoided network costs and service/incentive design;DG Cities and RB Greenwich: as the local government representatives providing insight from prior projects into MoB archetypes and applicable heat solutions, customer segments, stakeholders, and route to market challenges;Passiv UK: as a technical consultant to provide input regarding the breadth of whole-building solutions in the market; andBaringa: as the project design and delivery lead utilising their commercial and market expertise.If successful, this project will deliver value to:End consumers: ensuring fairness and progress in heat decarbonisation;Building operators: identifying a clear route to decarbonise their building heat; andDNOs (and their customers): minimise the number of connection requests and ensure that strategic solutions with lower network impact are selected"
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Added to Database 01/11/23