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Reference Number NIA_NPG_016
Title Silent Night - Hybrid EV Generator
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Industry) 80%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 20%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 25%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Northern Powergrid
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source ENA Smarter Networks
Start Date 01 May 2017
End Date 01 November 2019
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £420,000
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_016
Objectives Determine whether a 40kVA hybrid generator system can be safely installed in a standard sized fleet vehicle. Develop and fully test communications, tracking and control systems ensuring compatibility with our current, or modified, operational approach. Determine operational characteristics of such a vehicle Assess carbon footprint, fuel usage, support time, recharge motor utilisation, noise pollution etc, etc. Assess maintenance regime, battery life etc. Determine the operating economics of such a vehicle, across the full asset life cycle, and make comparisons with alternative approaches. Assess and make recommendations for broader adoption. The project will be judged a success if: Hyperdrive and Offgrid Energy can determine whether it is possible to integrate the assemblies within the vehicle and ensure drivability and safe payload carrying limits are satisfied. Northern Powergrid can complete testing and authorisation of system design and functionality. Northern Powergrid can assess the full system, in operation, and report its performance Hyperdrive, Offgrid Energy and Northern Powergrid can complete and publish the closedown report and disseminate the knowledge generated to the industry. These are successive criteria and the project may be successfully halted at any of these intermediate outcomes depending on results obtained.
Abstract The use of standard diesel generator sets to provide power is generally extremely fuel inefficient and noisy in certain environments. Generation requires to be sized for the peak assessed load resulting in the unit running well below capacity for most of the time. Consequently running cost, noise and CO2 emissions are in excess of what could be achieved with a more efficient method of generating temporary power. Northern Powergrid deploys generators approximately 2500 times each year on fault activities. Hybrid solutions, using electric vehicles, and/or small scale generators in tandem with electrical storage look promising alternatives to standard diesel generators but have limitations with size and transportability due to long trailer solutions. The project will develop a fleet-vehicle mounted hybrid technology unit that will be rated at 40kVA three phase, corresponding to a standard domestic supply mains cable, allowing the equipment flexibility to supply individual houses or small clusters of them in the event of a network fault or planned power outage. In these situations the provision of supply via the hybrid unit will give a large benefit in terms of effected customers’ satisfaction and for their neighbours, along with the environmental benefits in fuel consumption, noise and emissions. The developed system will be installed in two or three separate vehicles which will then be operated alongside the current restoration generation fleet for around two years. The project will then assess the characteristics, both operational and economic of such technology, particularly compared with current standard generator solutions. Recommendations as to whether to adopt this will be made.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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