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Reference Number NIA_NGN_208
Title IntEGReL Phase 1
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 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 (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 50%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2017
End Date 01 July 2018
Duration 15 months
Total Grant Value £300,000
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGN_208
Objectives Project objectives are:
  • Management of site design, construction and launch of the IntEGReL site
  • Initiate starter projects to inspire SMEs and demonstrate the capability
  • Creation of the investment plan detailing proposed developments
  • Develop relationships with Energy System Catapult, EIC, IGEM, IET, etc in the context of the site
  • Project Steering group meetings, report and communications.
  • Installation of SCADA systems

Success criteria

  • Establish the research and development facility at the Low Thornley
  • Identify and connect a wide range of participants and successfully submit funding applications which are factored into the overall investment plan and linked to development and ambitions for the site.
Abstract Within the UK there are currently no research and development facilities available to provide support and the capability to test and demonstrate at scale, technology that crosses between the different energy vectors of gas, power and transport and as such offers the potential for different investment strategies, lower costs for network customers and lower carbon outcomes. It is difficult and costly therefore for SMEs to move their innovative technology from TRL1-3, through to TRL9, with most never reaching market. This is of significant disadvantage to UK plc and our customers, who through implementation of new technology can expect to see an improvement in cost of energy in the long term. The IntEGReL project aims then to bring together the Electricity, Gas and transport energy vectors to explore opportunities for improved investment models, technology which connects energy vectors to greater advantage both in terms of cost and resilience than would be possible following the existing silo path. NGN have establish a working partnership with the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) {which is led by Newcastle university but includes Edinburgh, Herriot Watt, Durham and Sussex Universities} and Northern Powergrid to realise this UK research, development and demonstration Centre for Industry, with a particular focus on Whole Systems, Cross Vector technologies. The primary aim of the center is to support and encourage innovation in cross vector technology and by doing so exploit the benefits of a whole systems approach to energy strategy in the UK. The recent paper on "Smart Power" by the National Infrastructure Commission is clear that "smart power - principally built around three innovations, interconnection, storage, and demand flexibility - could save consumers up to 8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UKs energy supply for generations. " Now whilst this is a power related paper and the savings are reflective on efficiencies on the power networks, by and large these are our customer too. Through smart use of the gas network, integrating the enormous capacity and capability possessed by the gas network into the operation of power and transport networks will undoubtedly bring those savings home to network customers sooner and at even greater levels perhaps than the commissions paper suggests. In order to develop and establish the facility, NGN will collaborate with CESI and NPg to manage the site evolution from its existing state, through design and construction to become a functioning centre for SMEs and the wider academic and energy utility community. The project will include the Installation of hardware, software and links between Low Thornley (Above Ground Installation site) and Newcastle University for NGN SCADA and Northern Power grid SCADA, to allow cross system analysis of behaviours and in turn develop a combined System operator function based on the significant knowledge and experience of NGN as a DSO. By bringing together the power and gas networks different long and short terms strategic developments can be undertaken to identify the most cost effective solution to network constraint management (for example). This aims to identify the potential for strategic planning and investment across the power and gas systems. These technologies offer significant benefits to industry and energy utilities in bringing about effective solutions to: Carbon reduction,Storage,Flexibility,ResilienceSecurity of supply. Benefits in any of the above areas will then lead to cost reductions through improved planning and deployment of new technology, which in turn will flow through to benefit network customers. This also ties into the governments specific aims for Industrial strategy, improving the export capability of UK plc, developing home grown IP, enhancing the skills of the UK workforce and creating new high skilled jobs and potentially new markets for business.

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