Element Energy complete Innovate UK-funded project “Improving Gas Network Infrastructure Planning”June 18, 2019
Element Energy has recently completed our Innovate UK-funded project “Improving Gas Network Infrastructure Planning”. Under the UK’s ambitious decarbonisation trajectory, the role of the UK’s gas network infrastructure is changing significantly. Gas Distribution Network Operators (GDNOs) face the challenge of having to adapt to the complex interactions of new heating technology adoption (such as heat pumps, combined heat and power, district heating, etc.), new distributed gas sources (e.g. from biomethane, bioSNG and low carbon hydrogen injection into the gas grid) and climate change, which will all impact the demand and supply levels across different areas of their networks in future. This project offered a disruptive solution to these challenges around accurately capturing emerging, complex and potentially large impacts on network infrastructure planning.
This project built on innovative consumer behaviour, technology uptake and distribution network forecasting approaches developed by Element Energy in our work with various gas and electricity distribution network operators over the past seven years. During the project we identified the value of a more holistic approach to forecasting within the energy system and extended our modelling approach to incorporate both gas and electricity energy vectors, thereby expanding the range of potential applications of our new forecasting tool within the energy sector. As a result, we developed a new type of cloud-based forecasting tool that can be used by gas or electricity DNOs, as well as other energy sector stakeholders, to better understand how decarbonisation and climate change will impact on both gas and electricity distribution network infrastructure requirements to minimise costs, optimise the matching of supply and demand and improve energy security.
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