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Enabling Technologies - Technology Review and Gap Analysis - Final Report


Citation Hitachi, EDF Energy, Imperial College London, Element Energy Enabling Technologies - Technology Review and Gap Analysis - Final Report, ETI, 2013. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000691.
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Author(s) Hitachi, EDF Energy, Imperial College London, Element Energy
Project partner(s) Hitachi Eupope Ltd, EDF Energy, Imperial College London, Element Energy Ltd
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000691
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Associated Project(s) ETI-SS1101: Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) Programme - Enabling Component Technologies
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
Abstract This project identified gaps in the range of potential smart systems technologies to accelerate the development of component technologies which are required for any successful deployment and operation of a future smart energy system. This £500k project was announced in February 2013 and was delivered by a consortium of partners that includes Hitachi Europe, EDF Energy, Element Energy, David Vincent & Associates and Imperial Consultants.

This document provides an assessment of the development pathways of four technologies from a technological perspective:
  • Hybridised ASHP with gas boilers for individual dwellings, optimised for the British conditions;
  • High-density thermal storage for individual dwellings;
  • Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) and sensors for residential applications;
  • Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and sensorsfor non-domestic applications.
These technologies have been pre-selected by the ETI as technologies that could, with appropriate development, play a significant role in a future smart heat system over the medium term(e.g. 2030).

In particular, the document provides a high level assessment of:
  • The current state of development of the technology
  • The key areas of technical development required
  • Non-technical market constraints for each technology assessed at a high-leve
  • The timescales and key milestones in these development pathways
  • The level of investment required to achieve the technical developments identified
  • The opportunities for the ETI to accelerate technology development and commercialisation
  • Impact of technology development on performance and costs
  • Role of the technologies under different electrification scenarios
The report was initially published in July 2013. Some details and analysis may be out of date with current thinking.