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Reference Number NIA_NPG_011
Title Distributed Storage & Solar Study (DS3)
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 30%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 40%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Energy storage) 30%;
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
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Northern Powergrid
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source ENA Smarter Networks
Start Date 01 August 2016
End Date 01 February 2019
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £250,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NPG_011
Objectives The objective of this project is to develop sufficient data to determine whether it would be appropriate for design engineers to take into account the presence of distributed residential energy storage when considering an application to retrofit significant amounts of PV on social housing schemes. It will also explore the extent to which such battery systems can be used to reduce the winter evening peak load. The key success criteria is to obtain data streams that are sufficient to provide statistically robust conclusions on whether design engineers can, or cannot, take account of the existence of distributed energy storage units to increase the amount of PV that can be connected to an low voltage feeder / substation. The project is knowledge development, likely to improve planning assumptions and network planning activities. It is therefore low TRL.
Abstract The growth in PV systems will have the potential to increase thermal loading and cause voltage issues on low voltage distribution networks, particularly where these develop in clusters such as on social housing schemes. Whilst the rate of growth of PV systems has slowed since the reduction in feed in tariff payments, the removal of the requirement for those installing PV systems on such schemes to pay for any reinforcement required, means that those projects that do go ahead may result in a reinforcement need, funded from future DUoS charges. An emerging technology is the use of residential storage to allow PV owners to make more use from their PV panels and possibly, in the future, benefit financially from ToU tariffs and trading on frequency response and demand-side markets. These technologies are commercially available now from companies like Tesla and Moixa, etc and their use is forecast to grow, particularly associated with PV installations, initially as retrofits and eventually as part of the initial installation. The problem we are investigating is the impact that distributed residential energy storage can have on a DNO network and whether this impact is sufficient to require additional design guidance on the connection of PV associated with storage - which may allow more PV to be connected to the network. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council have installed a PV in its region by establishing a community benefit society called Energise Barnsley. Energise Barnsley wishes to trial energy storage units in a number of these houses and are working with Moixa to provide participant residents with cost savings from using these batteries to ) make more use of their solar energy. Northern Powergrid has agreed to fund the purchase and installation of 40 energy storage units in return for access to the data from these houses via the Moixa monitoring and control platform. Northern Powergrid shall use this platform to run a series of trials over two years to monitor the extent to which the control of these batteries to provide maximum customer benefits also provides the DNO with network benefits in the form of reduced peak solar generation and reduced peak loading. Moixa and Energise Barnsley are actively collaborating in the delivery of the project.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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