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Reference Number NIA_CAD0020
Title BioSNG City Conversion
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Other bio-energy) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 60%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 60%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 40%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 February 2018
End Date 01 November 2018
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £313,333
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.999%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0020
Objectives This project will assess the feasibility of the complete conversion of two UK cities to green gas. For simplicity, BioSNG will be considered, but the learning from the project will apply to all distributed gas generation. The project will cover the overall costs, carbon emissions reduction, impact on consumers and regulatory aspects of the conversion. Feedstock availability, BioSNG conversion infrastructure, modifications to gas network architecture including storage considerations, changes to the operation of the network and the potential for new commercial arrangements associated with a low carbon gas network will all be investigated. The output from the project will be a report detailing how the selected cities heating needs can be met by distributed gas networks. This will provide an invaluable tool for GD network operators, regulators, local and national Government and non-Governmental organisations to plan for a low carbon future and will set out a clear vision of the role that green gas technologies can play in decarbonising heat. The objective of the report is to review a model concept considering the implications of complete conversion. The report will then make a high level assessment of the impact of more realistic heating assumptions on forecast costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal is that technical and commercial consultants will work collaboratively with Cadent, SGN, Advanced Plasma Power (APP), and Progressive Energy (PEL) to produce a report setting out the technical, commercial and environmental impacts of converting two UK cities to rely solely on green gas produced by a set of local BioSNG facilities. The project will be broken into six stages as follows: 1. Selection of two candidate cities and analysis of gas requirements. 2. Identification of available sites and feedstock for BioSNG production. 3. Cost benefit analysis of production, network and storage architectures for GD. 4. Research into alternative commercial arrangements for ownership and operation of the gas production and network. 5. Analysis of cost and environmental impact of conversion. Sensitivity analysis of different options. To assess the feasibility of the complete conversion of two UK cities to green gas. To define the overall costs, carbon emissions reduction, impact on consumers and regulatory aspects of the change.
Abstract A number of new low carbon technologies such as anaerobic digestion, BioSNG and hydrogen blending are being developed to contribute to the decarbonisation of heat. Recent work by KPMG[1
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