Tuesday 18th March 2014
ETI to launch project to identify the challenges and opportunities relating to using different gases to supply energy across the UK
• New request for proposals
• Project will assess the potential for different gases to supply energy across the UK
• Seeking to understand the implications of the use of a range of gases
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to help develop a project to assess the potential for different gases to supply energy across the UK.
The project is part of the ETI’s Energy Storage and Distribution programme (ES&D), which is identifying how the UK can move energy economically and efficiently to where and when it is needed in the future.
The ETI believes that a range of gases, namely bio-synthetic natural gas (SNG), hydrogen and natural gas, have the potential to play an increasingly significant role in the delivery of energy. Gases such as bio-SNG and hydrogen, could feasibly lower overall effective CO2 emissions whilst continuing to ensure the secure supply of energy to a wide range of end-users.
Natural gas already plays a major role in everyday energy delivery. However, the extent of this role could change significantly in the decades ahead, both in terms of the amount used and where. The flexibility of these gas vectors means that, between them, they can be used for heating buildings, fuelling different types of vehicles, powering industrial plant and for generating electricity.
Susie Kistruck, the ETI’s ES&D Project Manager responsible for the project, said: “Our modelling has shown that there is a need for storing energy effectively as part of the UK’s future energy mix to help to allow affordable renewable sources to expand and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions. Our research has indicated that a broad range of gases could be flexible enough to be used for multiple purposes and this project aims to build a detailed understanding of the issues that will need to be addressed to make this a reality.”
If deployed at scale, significant changes will be required to support infrastructure, equipment and operating regimes, amongst others, to enable their potential to be realised. These and other engineering implications are central to the viability of these transitions. Having a firm understanding of the implications and the challenges that may arise will help to determine how affordable they could be. Identifying potential solutions to any engineering challenges and implementation costs, will provide further evidence to inform investment in different energy system transitions.
Copies of the Request for Proposals and supporting documents are available from the ETI’s website via this link.
The closing date for the submission of proposals is 30 April 2014.