Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_UKPN0041
Title Dual Fuel Transport
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Economics) 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 20%;
Energy Efficiency(Transport) 20%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 20%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies 20%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 30%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 30%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 20%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 20%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 September 2018
End Date 01 January 2020
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £165,382
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
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Objectives The increase in electrification has led to interest in a new gas-electricity transport hub (the hub) concept to leverage the potential synergies available between the gas and electricity sectors when providing fuel for both hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicles. The Method is a research project to investigate the ability to convert between different networks to create considerable synergies, making use of under-utilised capacity on either network and helping to avoid over-loading one network at times of high demand. Furthermore, there are benefits of the flexibility inherent in a system of this type which could be sold on to transmission network operators and/or directly to generators.The project will explore the technology of the key hub components and the business models around them to develop a viable configuration that will deliver customers with clean energy at minimum cost. The hub may consist of the following: Storage (e.g. hydrogen storage, battery)Fuel conversion units (e.g. electrolyser, fuel cell, steam reforming)Infrastructure for the appropriate low emission vehicles (e.g. powertrains in all transport segments including rail, EV charge point, hydrogen station) The project will be carried out in 3 phases.Phase 1:- Interviews with key stakeholders to understand user requirements for both short-term feasibility insights and longer term interests in the business cases should there be a widespread replication of the hub- Technology and market review of potential hub components, relevant vehicle types and the hub revenue stacks including sale of fuel and flexibility services in the UKPhase 2:- Economic and technical simulations and environmental impact assessment of potential hub configurations- Financial model to project costs and revenues for preferred hub design(s)Phase 3:- Assessment of locations suitable for the hub within the funding licensee areas based on the above- A detailed viable design and business case of the hub for all relevant stakeholders. This study aims to develop a viable design (including suitable technologies and business models) for a hub that could:-optimise the utilisation of gas and electricity network capacities to avoid costly infrastructure upgrade -be a cost effective option to facilitate the decarbonisation of transport and gas networks-understand the opportunity to provide flexibility solutions to constrained networks
Abstract The UK government has pledged to reduce emissions by 80% (from 1990 levels) no later than 2050. As a result of this, drastic changes will be required across all sectors. This is currently most apparent in the electricity sector, as many of the early solutions to decarbonisation have been based on a transition to electricity consumption in applications which traditionally relied on the direct combustion of fossil fuels (e.g. electric vehicles for transport).Decarbonisation of heat and transport looks to move a large amount of energy between existing sources and vectors to other ones (including new sources). The three Problems that this project looks to address include:1.The capacity of gas and ED networks is not fully utilised or optimised.2.There is a lack of available alternative powertrain technologies in low emission vehicles across all transport segments leading to dependence on electric vehicles (EVs) which could result in costly reinforcement of electricity infrastructure.3.There is not an established diverse range of technologies in the competitive market that can provide flexibility to both gas and ED networks.
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