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Reference Number NIA_CAD0053
Title ServiBoost Phase 3
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2020
End Date 01 March 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £172,805
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0053
Objectives The project will facilitate the conformance testing of the ServiBoost unit, which are required before the product can be approved for widespread use on the gas network. The tests are required to supplement the technical file and allow the supply of a Declaration of conformance to the relevant regulators. Phase 3The ServiBoost is designed and supplied with a Mertik Maxitrol GT20DIA fire fuse to provide protection and conformance to building regulations. The ServiBoost installation will be tested to prove that the fire fuse functions as stated once installed as part of a ServiBoost installation.• High temperature testing and reportingOn completion of the project the target Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for the Serviboost Unit is TRL8, defined as the system is complete and qualified through test and demonstration. The objectives of this third and final phase of the project are :-• Build and test the final version of the ServiBoost units• Complete the ATEX testing and certification of the units• High temperature testing and reporting
Abstract Cadent have a license obligation to maintain pressures to the ECV of a property.Design minimum pressure for low pressure systems shall be no lower than:-19mbar for systems designed pre January 1996-20.75 mbar for systems designed post December 1995Low gas pressures are evident when the gas supply to a customers property fails to meet the minimum pressure required to keep their appliances functioning correctly. There are numerous causes for low pressure and the impact of low pressures often results in a customers gas supply being interrupted until a resolution has been identified and resolved.It is important to minimize the length of an interruption to our customers by identifying a solution that can be installed promptly with minimal disruption and allow the work to resolve the root cause of the poor pressure to be as a planned event rather than unplanned. Under certain situations, ServiBoost can provide a temporary solution to instantaneous pressure drops and so reduce emergency no gas situations. Cadent estimate that in the last financial year 3,500 recorded instances of poor pressure would present the opportunity to fit a Serviboost unit. This then allows planning and scheduling time to re-configure the service at the customers convenience.In order to address these poor pressure problems, Cadent has worked with Synthotech on two previous phases to develop the ServiBoost unit as detailed below : ServiBoost Phase 1, completed under NIA-NGG0057 (commenced October 2015) successfully delivering:• Feasibility Study of the proposed system including construction of a simple simulation rig.• Design, Development and Manufacture of a working prototype• Testing and data capture of how the booster performs on a simulated rig.ServiBoost Phase 2, completed under NIA-NGGD-0098 (commenced May 2017), successfully delivering :• Design and Development of a working prototype (pre-commercialised)• Manufacture of fully functioning Serviboost units to permit field trials to be undertaken• Determine Installation challenges• Undertake trials – Laboratory, Simulated and Live Trials• Development of data folders to provide a flight plan for commercialisation • Data collection – Performance, Efficiency, Function of the Installed Serviboost Unit
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Added to Database 02/11/22