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Reference Number NIA_CAD0093
Title Low Power Heat
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 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 Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Cadent Gas
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2023
End Date 31 July 2024
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £466,666
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_CAD0093
Objectives "We will take a novel technical approach to this problem by using Haydales graphene inks. Haydales graphene inks can be printed onto a variety of substrates, either rigid or flexible, they are conformable and flexible. They can be tailored for bespoke solutions to operate at a variety of resistivities and powers, and in different design configurations, so offer a wide range of options to deliver solutions across a variety of different and varying use case scenarios.Haydales graphene ink based radiator heaters offer a potential low power usage solution to heat domestic premises when the gas supply is interrupted and can be easily adapted into different designs to deliver bespoke solutions for a wide range of customer requirements, so is of interest to Cadent and their challenge of providing heat to their PSR customers & those in a vulnerable situation when their gas supply is interrupted.Data Quality StatementThe project will ensure that necessary data is of sufficient quality and readily available to meet the objectives of the project. This will be achieved by capturing output that will have derived from the research phase of the project. As the project moves along its lifecycle, further data will be captured and analysed, to ensure that the end product is of benefit to customers who are in vulnerable situations. Measurement Quality StatementThe project will collect data during the research and development phases. This data will determine what internal procedures will need to be updated as well as considering any standards that need to be followed or updated. Based on the accuracy of the data will also allow the project to have informed information before progressing into testing and delivery phase." "This project will be split into 3 phases, with the final objective of having a solution that can go to market which will provide an alternative heat source, in off gas situations, for customers who are in vulnerable situations. The 3 phases are as follows: Phase 1 - A report outlining the requirements for the manufacture of a graphene based printed heating solution, the outcomes from the laboratory trials and thermal modelling, the design ideas and recommendations. Phase 2 - A working proof of concept demonstrator, validated at the laboratory-scale along with a detailed report. Phase 3 - A working pre-product prototype that can be trialled and validated in an operational environment along with a detailed report of all work undertaken and any test results, modelling, and designs." "The objectives of this project are:Phase 1 Technical requirements for developing low power graphene radiator heating solution will include: Must heat for a minimum of 6 hours/day. Heat up faster than traditional radiators. Must be powered by a rechargeable battery. Societal requirements in terms of size, form, weight, usability etc. Will be sustainable and recyclable. Economic requirements in terms of cost, durability, and “leave or return”Stage 1 will allow Haydale and Cadent to agree on a most suitable design which shows the most promise for further development in Stage 2.Phase 2Phase 2 will use the information from the scope of work, technical requirements, and societal requirements from Stage 1 to develop proof of concept demonstrator graphene ink- based radiator, this will include: Substrate material selection Ink development Printing development Testing and analysis of the heatersSize of product (large and small) How the heater will fit onto existing radiators and look. Easy to use for all customers.Phase 3From Phase 2, one proof of concept demonstrator system will be taken forward for development into a pre-product prototype.Phase 3 will focus on scaling up the proof-of-concept demonstrator into an operational pre-product prototype in line with the requirements (technical, societal, and economic) identified in the previous stages and in line with Cadents requirements.This work package may require additional support from selected supply chain partners who can assist in the development of the prototype and who would work with Haydale to commercialise the product for Cadent."
Abstract GDNs currently have a licence condition and GSOP requirements to provide fan heaters or oil filled radiators to PSR customers and those in vulnerable situations during a gas outage to stay warm. In addition to the current alternative heat solutions, Cadent are looking to provide an additional alternative heat source for customers in vulnerable situations, that will be easy to manage, ensure that the customer has no or minimal disruption to their normal day to day life, make them feel safer in an off-gas situation and be able to still live independently in their home.
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Added to Database 01/11/23