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Reference Number NIA_WWU_066
Title HyCompact
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 25%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
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
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2020
End Date 31 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £461,217
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_WWU_066
Objectives Since the Freedom Project commenced, it has been desirable to identify a single-unit hybrid heating system to further develop customer acceptability, minimise disruption and improve cost efficiency, whilst also providing multi-vector flexibility and the opportunity to achieve decarbonisation. This had previously been researched through the opportunity for a single gas-electric heat pump unit; however, a single hybrid unit within a boiler casing provides the greatest opportunity for customer acceptability, avoids the requirements for external space for a heat pump and is deliverable by the army of gas appliance installers – reducing the pressure on the upskilling pressures across the workforce to become F-Gas qualified.Having both appliances within the boiler unit presents the opportunity to maximise efficiency across the heating system and energy system, as well as introduce smart boiler modulation as part of the hybrid controls.This project will be a technical demonstration of a single unit hybrid heating system that is tested with the advanced controls deployed in Freedom. The project will:Select trial participant location(s), engage and recruitSelect the type and size of heat pumpDevelop communications interface between PassivSystems existing smart controls software and the new hybrid heating systemTrial and field test the equipmentAnalysis and reporting The proposed project runs for 11 months and has been broken down into the work packages outlined below: Develop an interface for PassivSystems to communicate with the hybrid heating system.Demonstration of technical capabilities of PassivSystems advanced algorithms to unlock value from operational efficiencies and energy markets, through simulations of a predictive aggregated dDSR control system.Customer engagement and recruitment understand the customer journey and experience of hybrid heating system (including willingness, installation, to daily use)Complete market survey and analysis to better appreciate the supply chain and potentially identify more suppliers Establish the asset, installation and operational costs of using a single unit hybrid heating system to deliver grid flexibility services.Demonstrate system benefits of large-scale deployment of such low cost, integrated hybrid heating systems with an aggregated dDSR control system.Capture and analyse consumer feedback on the comfort levels provided and other aspects such as noise, visual appearance, installation experience, bill impact etc.Analyse and evaluate the performance of a single unit hybrid heating system for various types of housing stockProvide project partners with a full operational data set, reporting on performance and network impacts and support project dissemination and promotion activities.Results and outputs developed by this project will contribute to the understanding of the UKs roadmap to net zero. This includes:reduction of consumer carbon emissionsopportunities for lower energy bills through increased heating system efficienciesreduced energy cost arising from demand flexibility servicesrole of hybrids in a low carbon energy system.
Abstract A project to demonstrate the efficiencies of installing a single-unit hybrid heating system to further develop customer acceptability, minimise disruption, improve cost efficiency and enhance smart controls with boiler modulation
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Added to Database 02/11/22