Distributed Energy

Strategic Context

Increased use of Distributed Energy in the UK could reduce CO2 emissions associated with heat and power generation by 30%.

Programme Aim

  • Increasing the uptake of DE through the development and demonstration of integrated systems in order to reduce through-life costs, improve ease of installation and increase efficiency in the combined generation of heat and electricity.
  • Increasing the use of renewable and low carbon sources of energy in DE systems.

The development and demonstration of integrated energy supply processing systems, focussing on the maximised use of sustainable fuel sources.

Project summaries

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Micro DE

Project summary lead image Micro DE

ETI Investment

£1.1m

Date announced

February 2010

Completion date

Late 2011

Project Partners

  • Passiv Systems
  • BRE
  • EDF Energy
  • UCL

Overview

The project was a scoping and feasibility study to identify opportunities for micro-generation storage and control technology development at an individual dwelling level in the UK.

The study investigated the potential for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions through Distributed Energy (DE) technologies. This was achieved through the development of a segmented model of the UK housing stock supplemented with detailed, real-time supply and demand energy-usage gathered from field trials of micro distributed generation and storage technology in conjunction with building control systems.

Macro DE

Project summary lead image Macro DE

ETI Investment

£1.1m

Date announced

February 2010

Completion date

2012

Project Partners

  • Caterpillar
  • EDF Energy
  • The University of Manchester

Overview

This project is to quantify the opportunity for Macro level Distributed Energy (DE) across the UK and accelerate the development of appropriate technology by 2020 for the purposes of significant implementation by 2030.

The project is studying energy demand such as residential accommodation, local services, hospitals, business parks and equipment, and is developing a software methodology to analyse local combinations of sites and technologies. This will enable the design of optimised distributed energy delivery solutions for these areas. The project is expected to identify a number of larger scale technology development and demonstration projects for the ETI to consider developing.

ESME

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