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An ORC power plant integrated with thermal energy storage to utilise renewable heat sources for distributed heating and power

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Name of Competition

Newton Fund – China-UK Research and Innovation Bridges

Granting Body

Innovate UK, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
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Duration of Project

24 months
Commenced 1 May 2017

Sunamp Role

Project Leader

Partners

Sunamp, University of Glasgow, Beijing University of Technology, China Investment Yixing Red Sun Solar Energy Technology

Overview

Intermittent and low-grade renewable energy sources have unrealised potential to displace the use of fossil fuels, provided their inherent drawbacks can be overcome. We propose to couple novel heat storage technologies to the well-known Organic Rankine Cycle to produce distributed heat and power supply using a wide range of under-utilised renewable heat sources, such as solar and geothermal energy. These heat sources are normally too low-grade to be economically unviable for power generation using conventional technologies. ORC power plants are believed to be the most promising technology to utilise them.

In order to improve the cost-effectiveness and to reduce payback period, suitable heat storage systems can be added to ORC power plants to either overcome the intermittency of solar energy or minimise the required capacity of deep geothermal boreholes. Based on the partners’ previous successes with ORC technologies and heat storages in both the UK and China, this consortium brings together comprehensive and complementary expertise to address key technical challenges, thus pushing forward the commercialisation of the proposed technology.

Electrical and thermal storage optimisation in a virtual power plant

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Name of Competition

Energy catalyst – Early stage feasibility

Granting Body

Innovate UK
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Duration of Project

12 months
Commenced 1 Oct 2017

Sunamp Role

Partner

Partners

Sunamp, University of Sussex, Durham University, Moixa Energy

Overview

Energy storage is currently receiving great attention from policy-makers, industry as well as research institutions, as it is considered one of eight great technologies for the future of energy. Combining electricity and heat for minimising cost and emissions in future networks is an emerging research field.

Sussex researchers have tested the use of advanced systems to optimise use of electricity and heat, but energy storage was not part of that system. Building on combined electricity and heat, a storage-enabled system groups together the capacity of electrical and thermal energy systems as one large flexible “power plant” for balancing demand and supply in a cost-efficient way.

This project will focus on energy storage for electricity and heat, with the possibility of adding more in future research. The challenges this project will address are: (i) feasibility assessment of the proposed storage control techniques through realistic simulations, (ii) deriving functional requirements / specifications of storage controller software & hardware, (iii) testing the feasibility of lab-based storage control implementations.

Heat4Cool

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Name of Competition

H2020-EEB-2016-2017 (CALL FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS), Topic: EEB-03-2016

Granting Body

European Union
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Duration of Project

48 months
Commenced 1 Aug 2016

Sunamp Role

Partner

Partners

SUNAMP, POLITECNICO DI MILANO, SORTECH AG, THERMOWATT Ltd., HYPERTECH AE, TECNALIA, AES Ltd, BALKANIKA, SOLINTEL, SYMELEC, IZNAB, EUROPEAN HEAT PUMP ASSOCIATION (EHPA), EUROPEAN HEAT PUMP ASSOCIATION (EHPA), HOCHSCHULE LUZERN (HSLU)

Overview

Heat4Cool proposes an innovative, efficient and cost-effective solution to optimize the integration of a set of rehabilitation systems in order to meet the net-zero energy standards. The project develops, integrates and demonstrates an easy to install and highly energy efficient solution for building retrofitting that begins from the Heat4Cool advanced decision-making tool (which addresses the building and district characteristics) and leads to the optimal solution combining (1) gas and solar thermally driven adsorption heat pumps, which permits the full integration with existing natural gas boilers to ensure efficient use of current equipment , (2) solar PV assisted DC powered heat pump connected to an advanced modular PCM heat and cold storage system, and (3) energy recovery from sewage water with high performance heat exchangers.

This retrofitting solution together with a closer interaction between building monitoring, demand/respond supply match, weather forecast and HVAC activation/control through a Self-Correcting Intelligent Building Energy Management Systems (SCI-BEMS) will save at least 10% of energy consumption.

The project will implement four benchmark retrofitting projects in four different European climates to achieve a reduction of at least 20% in energy consumption in a technically, socially, and financially feasible manner and demonstrate a return on investment lower than ten years. The Heat4Cool consortium will ensure the maximum replication potential of the Heat4Cool solution by a continuous monitoring of technical and economic barriers during the development and validation phases in order to present the building owners and investors with clear energy and economic evidence of the value of implementing Heat4Cool solution.

A detailed business plan will be developed in the beginning of the project to strengthen the exploitation plan of the retrofitting package and set the basis for a massive replication of the demonstrated concept across Europe.

Website – www.heat4cool.eu

SMart IsLand Energy systems – SMILE

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Name of Competition

H2020-LCE-2016-2017 (COMPETITIVE LOW-CARBON ENERGY), Topic: LCE-02-2016

Granting Body

European Union

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Duration of Project

48 months
Commenced 1 May 2017

Sunamp Role

Partner

Partners

SUNAMP, Rina Consulting S.p.A., Aalborg Universitet, Associacao Comercial Eindustrial Do Funchal – Camara De Comercioe Industria Da Madeira
, Bright Curiosity, LDA (PRSMA), Community Energy Scotland Limited, Network of Sustainable Greek Islands, EEM Empresa De Electricidade Da Madeira SA, Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis – Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Lithium Balance A/S, MITI – Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute – Associacao, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Route Monkey LTD, Samsø Elektro ApS, Samsø Energiakademi, Samsø Kommune, Stichting Energy Valley, Teknologisk Institut, VCharge UK Limited

Overview

The development of Smart grids are an important prerequisite for the transition towards a clean, affordable and reliable energy system. Through Smart grids, peak demand can be reduced and the energy grid can be stabilized. Therefore, the development of market ready technologies that facilitate this transition are important. The Smart Islands Energy System (SMILE) project will demonstrate nine different smart grid technologies on three different islands. The end goal of the project is to foster the market introduction of these nine technologies.

Website – www.h2020smile.eu

Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy
(SPIRE 2)

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Name of Competition

INTERREG VA

Granting Body

European Union

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Duration of Project

58 months
Commenced 1 Mar 2017

Sunamp Role

Partner

Partners

SUNAMP, Ulster University, Queens University Belfast, Strathclyde University, Strathclyde University, Strathclyde University, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Community Energy Scotland, B9, Glen Dimplex, Climote, AES, SSE, Energia, ESB, PayPal, Ulster Farmers Union, The Authentic Food Company

 

Overview

The SPIRE 2 project will involve collaboration between lead coordinator Ulster University, 3 research institutes and 14 businesses via a cross-border Virtual Research Graduate School.

SPIRE 2 will address how consumer-owned energy storage can resolve the problem of the variability of renewable energy (RE) output.#

The project will explore how homes and businesses can store renewable energy effectively, allowing very high levels of RE to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as maximising the benefits to consumers.

SPIRE 2 will aim to evaluate, develop and facilitate the wide-scale deployment of Mass Energy Storage (MES) technologies to operate profitably in new market structures of UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The project will generate a deeper understanding of the role and commercial viability of MES in enabling increasing levels of intermittent power generation.

Project leader Professor Neil Hewitt, who is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Ulster University, said:

“The announcement by the Business Secretary Greg Clarke outlined how the UK Government intends to stimulate a drastic modernisation of energy markets.

BBC News “Electricity shake-up could save consumers ‘up to £40bn'”

“The SPIRE 2 project will help to deliver this by looking at how energy storage resources owned by homeowners and businesses can resolve the problem of the variability of output from renewable energy. If consumers can store energy effectively, that will allow very high levels of renewables to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as putting consumers at the heart of the energy system.”

“Collaboration between research institutes and businesses is key to the success of this project and we are excited to be working with so many partner organisations. Working together, we can intensify technological innovation in the region and create pathways to commercialise advanced energy storage solutions. We want this region to be internationally recognised as an energy storage innovator as this will attract global industry interest and investment.

“The project will create 17 PhD studentships and will further develop six post-doctoral researchers. By creating this supply of highly-educated developers, able to transform research ideas into commercial reality, SPIRE 2 will also contribute to local economic growth. These positions are now open to applicants and offer an opportunity to be involved in strategically significant global energy research.”

Range extended- refrigerated BEVs for CO2 abatement in fleets

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Name of Competition

Integrated Delivery Programme 12: Seeding tomorrow’s vehicle technologies today – Collaborative R&D

Granting Body

European Union

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Duration of Project

36 months
Commenced 1 Aug 2016

Sunamp Role

Partner

Partners

Sunamp, Route Monkey, Paneltex, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

 

Overview

Nowadays, the number of electric vehicles used in fleets to deliver chilled and frozen goods is low due to limited daily mileage as compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. In fact, the electrical batteries need to provide energy for traction, cabin conditioning, and refrigeration of the container. With this project, Sunamp, Paneltex, Route Monkey and LowCVP aim to significantly increase the adoption of electric chilled and refrigerated vehicles for short delivery of frozen goods, by: 1) the integration of compact thermal stores to decouple the energy required for traction from that required for thermal loads; 2) the integration of real time measurements into software to optimise the route of each vehicle of the fleet, to maximise the benefits for the distributor. Major benefits are: 1) to achieve daily range comparable to diesel vehicles; 2) drastic reduction of local CO2 and other pollutants emissions by removing thousands of commercial ICE vehicles in cities; 3) increase of night deliveries because of low noise of these vehicles; 4) access for the distributor to ULEZ in cities; 5) improved comfort for drivers.

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