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Reference Number NIA_CAD0061
Title Optinet
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Enhanced oil and gas production) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 50%;
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 October 2018
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £6,585,263
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (99.999%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_CAD0061
Objectives The project will review a number of solutions to create capacity in the network to allow additional biomethane plants or other distributed gas generation to connect and flow even in the lowest demand periods. This will maximise the opportunity to decarbonise the gas network & support the energy system transition. The solutions being investigated in this project are primarily as follows:• Smart pressure control of the network• Compression from the network to a higher pressure tier• Storage solutionsThe project will be delivered through the following high level methodology. Characterisation, design & test of the selected area for the trial – The East Midlands HP and IP system around Doncaster.1. Selection of appropriate network optimisation solutions (smart pressure control, compression and assessment of storage / other options)2. Mobilisation (procurement and installation of equipment and services)3. Network optimisation trials 4. Analysis, close down & reporting The project has been broken down into the following discrete phases.Phase 1 Define locations for the equipment installation and carry out early stage designSelect location within East Midlands for the compression and smart pressure control. Analyse and define sites for smart pressure control installation within WWU area relating to the original project scope.Analyse and define the sites within the East Midlands to install smart pressure control.Carry out front end design for the compressor site selectionConsideration of alternative storage optionsDeliverables – network locations chosen, and early stage design completed, alternative storage options assessmentPhase 2a Installation of the smart pressure control within both WWU and Cadent networks.Development of the control philosophyCommission and begin trialsDeliverables – development of a control logic and its interchangeable between networksPhase 2bInstallation of the compressorDetailed designProcurement and installation of the compressorUpdate of the control philosophy Deliverables – updated control logic and the operational compressorPhase 3Trial Deliverables – output of the learning achieve and recommendations for any further adaptions to the trial, closedown & final reporting The project hopes to demonstrate the ability to implement solutions that enable the wider connection of green and distributed gases into the network. This will provide a cost efficient, reliable and low carbon supply whilst adapting changing requirements of new demands such as the increase in peaking power generation or gas for transport.
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