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Reference Number NIA_NGET0099
Title Thermal Efficiency Trials
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2013
End Date 01 January 2015
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £650,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGET0099
Objectives The objectives of this project are to be able to provide National Grid Electricity Transmission’s management & policy team an effective demonstration of heat recovery for use in future schemes. This will give options to the business to implement cost saving solutions, giving a pass through saving cost to the end consumer. Installation of Heat Recovery system at Melksham Installation of Heat Recovery system at Bishops Wood Installation of Heat Recovery system at Rainhill Commissioning of system at Melksham Commissioning of system at Bishops Wood Commissioning of system at Rainhill Performance monitoring of all 3 systems (in electrical terms)
Abstract Some of the older National Grid sites require large amounts of energy to keep at a sufficient operating temperature for both Operational Equipment, and personnel needs. Many of the larger sites for which this is the case are also the older, less energy efficient sites where old style radiators and electric heaters are common. In order to minimise our impact on the environment, and reduce the demand for LVAC electricity to the substation, we are proposing to use heat recovery methodology to recover otherwise lost heat from the transformers. The problem for National Grid, it that we want to be able to commission an appropriately sized installation at the correct price. In order to understand what we want to roll out across National Grid sites, we need to understand the performance of the equipment when installed, and how we can adapt the equipment to deliver the most efficient solution. For two of the sites, this should be fairly straightforward and will focus around performance of units, due to the nature of installation of the transformer. For the third site, it will be more complex as the transformer is open to the elements, and is not housed in a noise enclosure where the heat can be contained. Demonstration The methods involve a heat recovery system that is retro-fitted to the Transformers (not requiring outages), and then provides heat directly into the buildings themselves. This means that the standard, inefficient heating system can be removed or switched off and as a result, carbon savings are incurred, as well as smaller electricity bills. This is distinctly different to the National Grid project “Feasibility Study for Sustainable Substation Design” where heat recovery features in the project as that method of recovery requires a new transformer, and is an invasive method of heat recovery requiring complex design work. This work is designed to have the potential to retrofit to existing transformer installations without making changes to the configuration or accessibility of the network. This method will cover the majority of our network and will be much cheaper to complete.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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