Supergen Energy Networks hub 2018

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

Energy networks are vitally important enablers for the UK energy sector and therefore UK industry and society. The energy trilemma (energy security, environmental impact and social cost) presents many complex interconnected challenges which reach beyond the UK and have huge relevance internationally. These challenges vary considerably from region to region, and change as a result of technology and society changes. Therefore, the planning, design and operation of energy networks needs to be revisited and optimised. Current energy networks research does not fully embrace a whole systems approach and is therefore not developing a deep enough understanding of the interconnected and interdependent nature of energy network infrastructure.

The Supergen Energy Networks Hub will provide leadership, a core research programme and mechanisms/funding for the energy networks community to grow and come together to develop this deeper understanding and explore opportunities to shape energy networks which are fit for the future.

The research component of the Hub's activities comprises an interconnected and complementary series of work packages. The work packages are: WP1: Understanding, Shaping and Challenging; WP2: Energy Network Infrastructure; WP3: ICT and Data; WP4: Policy and Society; WP5: Markets and Regulation; WP6: Risk and Uncertainty. WP1 incorporates a co-evolutionary approach and brings the other work packages together in a structured way. WP2 is the backbone of the research, dealing with the physical infrastructure in a multi vector manner from the outset. WP3 to WP6 deal with aspects of energy networks that cut across, and are equally valid, for all vectors and have the ability to integrate and modernise network infrastructures. All work packages will consider both planning and design as well as operational aspects. Experimental work and demonstrators will be essential to progress in energy networks research and the Hub will bring these facilities to bear through WP1.

The Hub will engage with the energy networks communities throughout the research programme, to ensure that the work is informed by best practice and that the findings are widely visible and understood.

The main objectives of the communication and engagement activities will be to ensure the energy networks academic community are connected and coherent, and that their work has a high profile and deep level of understanding in the relevant Industrial, Governmental and Societal communities both nationally and internationally. This will maximise the chances of high impact outcomes in the energy networks space as well as promoting energy networks as an exciting and dynamic area to carry out research, thus attracting the brightest minds to get involved.

Communication and engagement activities will be a constant feature of the Hub and will be particularly energetic during the first twelve months in order to rapidly establish a brand, and an open and supportive culture within the relevant communities. Engagement activities will as far as possible be carried out in conjunction with other key organisations in the energy space, to maximise the value of the engagement activities.

The Hub aims to become a beacon for equality, diversity and inclusion. Our mission is to enhance equality of opportunity and create a positive, flourishing, safe and inclusive environment for everyone associated with the Hub, from staff, students, Advisory Board members and general Hub representation (at conferences, workshops and reviews). We recognise the need and the challenges to support early career researchers, and improve the balance of protected characteristics across the entire Hub community, such as race or ethnicity, gender reassignment, disability, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy or maternity status, marital status or socio-economic background.

Planned Impact

The scientific goal of Supergen Energy Networks Hub is to advance the UK strengths in whole-systems energy networks through a balanced effort between high-impact user-driven research and fundamental discovery-driven research. The Hub's Pathway to Impact will ensure these scientific developments lead to material impacts to the UK businesses, key industries, academic community, energy policies and the wider society in accessing clean, affordable and secure energy.

Impact beneficiaries:

A. Industry and Public Sector
The Hub shall undertake the following specific pathways to impact for industry and public sector stakeholders:
1. Translating research into applications. We will mobilise demonstrators across multiple sites, each with unique research, development and capabilities to suit business and the industry's diverse needs.
2. Clear dissemination of research outputs. Newcastle University's Urban Observatory and Decision Theatre, that consolidate and manipulate energy data and visualise integrated systems, will be used to disseminate findings through online and face-to-face workshops, to enable the Hub to maximise the routes to impact.
3. Case studies. Case study outputs from the 'shaping' and 'challenging' stages shall bring our cutting-edge research closer to real life energy issues. This will enable the key stakeholders to understand and access the relevant research and innovation. These case studies shall be disseminated through industry events.

B. Policy and Society
The Hub shall undertake the following specific pathways to impact for policy and society stakeholders:
1. Policy briefings will be disseminated to decision makers through our networks, and will be supplemented by face-to-face, tailored briefings with key partners such as BEIS, Ofgem, DfT.
2. Decision makers will be invited to planned workshops, where further information on policy briefings will also be provided.
3. Quarterly joint briefings by the Bio, Offshore and Energy Networks Hubs held in London, covering different themes, aimed at policy makers.
3. Academic Hub members will be supported in applying to the Royal Society Westminster and MEP-Scientist Pairing Schemes. These mechanisms will increase our engagement with policy makers and increase the impact of our work.
4. Policy impact will be enabled by our collaboration with other networks who engage with policy makers, such as the Energy Systems Catapult, UKERC and UKCRED.
5. The Hub's work touches on societal challenges such as big data challenges, energy security, air quality, energy equity and justice. As a result, we expect the research to be of interest to local media and will work with the partner Universities to publicise the outputs of the research to the local communities.

C. People
To cement the necessary cross-disciplinary methods of working, Hub researchers and PhD students are encouraged to spend time at other academic institutions and/or with our industrial and government partners. The involvement of Early Career Researchers will enable their development as highly skilled researchers with the theoretical and practical skills needed to transform organisations, addressing a recognised engineering skills gap. We intend to provide added training and education to both students and RAs, to give them appropriate skills in accordance with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

D. International stakeholders
The UK is internationally leading in smart energy systems research, and the UK industry is advanced in demonstrating new technologies, disruptive business models and markets to renovate legacy infrastructure. The Hub will promote the international applicability of UK energy networks research, through keynote and research presentations at academic and industry conferences overseas.

Organisations

 
Title Enhanced Frequency Response From Industrial Heating Loads for Electric Power Systems (Great Britain and Bitumen Tanks as examples) 
Description Increasing penetration of renewable generation results in lower inertia of electric power systems. To maintain the system frequency, system operators have been designing innovative frequency response products. Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) newly introduced in the UK is an example with higher technical requirements and customized specifications for assets with energy storage capability. We published a paper on IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, proposing a method to estimate the EFR capacity of a population of industrial heating loads, bitumen tanks. A decentralized control scheme was also devised to enable them to deliver EFR. Case study was conducted using real UK frequency data and practical tank parameters. Results showed that bitumen tanks delivered high-quality service when providing service-1-type EFR, but underperformed for service-2-type EFR with much narrower deadband. Bitumen tanks performed well in both high and low frequency scenarios, and had better performance with significantly larger numbers of tanks or in months with higher power system inertia. The dataset regarding this paper includes 6 EXCEL files in total. The detailed description for them are presented as follows: 1. "Evaluation results and figures _ Case 1.xlsx" provides the numerical results of Case 1 of the paper, showing the performance of bitumen tanks to provide EFR service in the base case settings (the day with the highest frequency in 2016, 16 Nov 2016, used for evaluation). It contains three sheets, providing the data behind Fig. 10, Fig. 11 and Fig. 12 of the paper respectively. In the "Fig. 10" sheet, the "Actual Response" is provided along with "Upper Limits of Delivery Envelope" and "Lower Limits of Delivery Envelopes". In the "Fig. 11" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) and "AF" (Availability Factor) are provided for the settlement periods over the day. In the "Fig. 12" sheet, the "Actual Ramp Rate" is provided along with "Upper Limits of Ramp Rate" and "Lower Limits of Ramp Rate". 2. "Evaluation results and figures _ Case 2.xlsx" provides the numerical results of Case 2 of the paper, showing the results of time delay. It contains only one sheet, providing the data behind Fig. 13 of the paper. In the "Fig. 13" sheet, the "Correlation" is provided along with the corresponding "Lag (s)". 3. "Evaluation results and figures _ Case 3.xlsx" provides the numerical results of Case 3 of the paper, showing the results given different types of EFR service. It contains two sheets, providing the data behind Fig. 14 of the paper. In the "Fig. 14(a)" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) for the settlement periods over the day is provided for both types of EFR. In the "Fig. 14(b)" sheet, the "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the day is provided for both types of EFR. 4. "Evaluation results and figures _ Case 5.xlsx" provides the numerical results of Case 5 of the paper, showing the results with various population sizes of bitumen tanks. It contains two sheets, providing the data behind Fig. 15 of the paper. In the "Fig. 15(a)" sheet, the "Average SPM" (Service Performance Measure) for the settlement periods over the day is provided for various population sizes. In the "Fig. 15(b)" sheet, the "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the day is provided for various population sizes. 5. "Evaluation results and figures _ Case 6.xlsx" provides the numerical results of Case 6 of the paper, showing the month-level evaluation results. It contains five sheets, providing the data behind Fig. 16 through Fig. 20 of the paper. In the "Fig. 16" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) and "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the whole January is provided for service-1-type EFR. In the "Fig. 17" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) and "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the whole January is provided for service-2-type EFR. In the "Fig. 18" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) and "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the whole July is provided for service-1-type EFR. In the "Fig. 19" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) and "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the whole July is provided for service-2-type EFR. In the "Fig. 20" sheet, the "SPM" (Service Performance Measure) and "AF" (Availability Factor) for the settlement periods over the whole July is provided for various population sizes. 6. "Baseline Estimation _ Fig 5.xlsx" provides the numerical data behind Fig. 5 of the paper, which is about the baseline load calculation for the tank population (200 tanks) over one-month basis. It contains only one sheet, in which the "Aggregated Load (MW)" of the tanks is provided for the whole month on a second-by-second basis, and the "Baseline load (MW)" estimated for the month is provided. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
 
Description All Energy Conference 2019 - invited speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact All Energy Conference - invited panellist - The net-zero challenge: emerging solutions debate session - System efficiency and integration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.all-energy.co.uk/
 
Description Asian Conference on Energy Power & Transportation Electrification (ACEPT) 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Asian Conference on Energy Power & Transportation Electrification (ACEPT) 2019 - invited keynote
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://erian.ntu.edu.sg/NE/Pages/Events-Detail.aspx?news=5369be8e-f334-4951-966e-ce346a6754a5
 
Description British High Commissioner, Singapore Visit to Newcastle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact British High Commissioner, Singapore Visit to Newcastle - energy research talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Chaired Conference Organising Committee Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chaired Conference Organising Committee Meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Clmate Conversation event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Delivered talk at Climate Conversation Event, Newcastle University
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EIHK-Hydrogen Power Seminar - invited speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact EIHK-Hydrogen Power Seminar - invited speaker; Talk title "Latest development in the UK Green Hydrogen". YouTube video of slides and talk available via the link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsppWvmYbwA&list=PLQgnpKh1NZIARRVgQ75hyr2Bw7ru123_V?dex=3&t=0s
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsppWvmYbwA&list=PLQgnpKh1NZIARRVgQ75hyr2Bw7ru123_V&index=3&t=0s
 
Description EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EPSRC Strategic Advisory Network
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EPSRC strategic conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EPSRC strategic conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Energy industry-hosted away day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Energy industry hosted away day on markets & clients
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EnergyREV meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EnergyREV meeting and visit to Newcastle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2019
 
Description Hosted meeting by Singapore university 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hosted meeting in Newcastle with colleagues from Singaporean university
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description INCOSE Workshop: Modelling of Integrated Multi-Energy Networks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact INCOSE Workshop: Modelling of Integrated Multi-Energy Networks - meeting chair
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting at Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newcastle Research & Innovation Institute Singapore meeting & facilities visit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with EPSRC senior staff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting with EPSRC senior staff in Newcastle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Siemens re ISEF Activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Siemens re ISEF Activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description NESCOE Association Annual Dinner - invited speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NESCOE Association Annual Dinner - invited speaker
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description NESCOE Association Seminar - invited seminar chair 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NESCOE Association Seminar - invited seminar chair; included presentations from Northern Powergrid, Durham University, GHD Consultants, EDF Nuclear, Lynemouth Power Ltd, Zero Carbon Futures
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Network Awards 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presenting awards at Awards Ceremony hosted by Network Magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Northern Gas Networks Networking Lunch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Northern Gas Networks Networking lunch
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Northern Rail Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on carbon neutral railways
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Project advisory committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project advisory committee with industry and academic stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen EN Academic Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Supergen EN Launch
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen EN EDI Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Supergen EN EDI Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Supergen EN Proposal Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Supergen EN Proposal Workshop with energy supply company
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen Higher Level Group Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Supergen Higher Level Group Meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen NEA meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Supergen NEA meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Supergen Press Release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Discuss Supergen Press Release
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Technical Committee Meeting, Singapore 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical Committee Meeting, Singapore
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Technical discussion of energy system management platform 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Technical discussion of energy system management platform
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The IET Power Academy Seminar Programme 2019 - Keynote address 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The IET Power Academy Seminar Programme 2019 - Keynote address "Tackling the 4D Energy Challenge through Storage and Flexibility: Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Democratisation, Digitalisation"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Energy Storage Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK Energy Storage Conference 2019 - Closing remarks; conference science board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://conferences.ncl.ac.uk/ukes2019/
 
Description UKRI EPSRC SAN - telcon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UKRI EPSRC SAN - telcon
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University Building Opening event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newcastle University Building Opening event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Vision workshop with industrial partner 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Vision workshop with industrial partner
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Wardell Armstrong Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting to discuss potential collaboration
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019