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Reference Number NGNGN01
Title Low Carbon Gas Preheating
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
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 January 2014
End Date 01 December 2017
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £6,331,500
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NGNGN01
Objectives The project has four key objectives: To significantly accelerate the development of alternative technologies and increase the level of competition in the preheating technology market To provide necessary data to allow networks to optimise investment decisions, including reducing the BCF of preheating To provide robust data to assess the accuracy of current estimates of GDNs Own Use Gas within the current Shrinakge Gas estimates To reduce whole life costs of preheating installations and provide direct benefit to customers as lower charges and improved environmental performance.
Abstract The transition to a low carbon energy sector in the UK presents GD Networks (GDNs) with a number of challenges, including reducing the Business Carbon Footprint (BCF) of operating gas networks. The requirement for GDNs to preheat gas at pressure reduction stations (PRS) to avoid freezing the outlet pipework and ensure continuity of supply is a significant contributor to our BCF. GDNs preheating requirement is currently delivered using aging Water Bath Heaters (WBH) or more modern Boiler Package technologies (BH). However, there are several key issues that GDNs currently face when appraising investment options for preheating technology. Firstly, the whole life costs and in particular the carbon impact of currently available technologies is not understood. Secondly, there has been limited research or development in this area resulting in no financially viable alternative to existing technologies. And finally, the current shrinkage arrangements provide no incentive to target reductions in BCF associated with preheating. The Low Carbon Gas Preheating (LCGP) seeks to address these issues directly. The project will install two alternative preheating technologies across six NGN sites of differing scale - three Thermo Catalytic Systems (HotCat) and three Low Pressure Steam Systems (LP Steam). Smart metering technology will be installed on each of the six sites to provide data required to calculate and publish the system efficiency of each site and each technology. Additionally, smart metering technology will be installed separately on six sites that employ existing technologies. System efficiencies will be calculated and published for direct comparison.
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