Innovation round-up: Spring launches innovation challenge, SSEN and Eon resilience as a service pilot

SSEN and Eon are piloting sustainability as a service project

As reported Utilities WeekScottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Eon have announced a pilot battery scheme designed to increase energy resilience in remote and rural areas.

The Resilience as a Service (RaaS) project is a partnership between SSEN, Eon and the engineering firm Costain. It is funded by the Ofgem Network Innovation Competition.

This includes the use of the BESS system for rapid and automatic recovery and maintenance of electricity in the event of a fault in places where there are more power outages.

During this time, the network will temporarily operate in “island” mode, where part of it is disconnected from the mains and operates independently until the engineers troubleshoot.

RaaS will also allow local renewables to continue generating and exporting energy at a time when the grid is disrupted.

The battery will be installed at the SSEN Drynoch primary substation on the Isle of Skye. According to the network operator, the circuit will be able to provide a discharge capacity of 6 MVA for three seconds and 3 MW for continuous operation.

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First-of-its-kind project allows to trade flexibility in local energy networks almost in real time

The project, led by Western Power Distribution (WPD), has allowed for continuous trading of flexibility services in the local distribution network in real time, allowing the market to determine the price for the first time, according to project managers.

The Intraflex test also claims to lower barriers to entry for asset owners by allowing asset charging assets to participate and offer flexibility.

As part of Intraflex WPD collaborates with the independent sustainable energy market NODES and Smart Grid Consultancy and works in tandem with seven flexibility asset owners to create a market where different types of flexibility can compete on an equal footing.

Intraflex has allowed low-carbon technologies such as EV chargers and storage batteries to compete for the first time with diesel generators in price, offering their availability to WPD through a continuous market in the near future.

In the first phase, the WPD recorded 241 deals in which a total of 50.51 MWh was purchased at an average price of 386 MWh. During the second phase of the project, 1,198 retail facilities and 774 MWh of flexibility were purchased.

According to the WPD, this kind of liquid market for flexibility is needed to reap the benefits of around £ 16.7 billion a year identified by Carbon Trust and Imperial College in their GB flexibility report, as well as to reduce costs for customers.

Scottish Water installs the first large-scale battery system

Scottish Water has installed its first large-scale battery storage system at a wastewater treatment plant in Perth to conserve energy from solar panels.

As reported Utilities Weekbatteries and solar panels are part of a £ 2 million scheme to reduce the sewage plant’s carbon footprint by about 160 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The 312 kW battery system consists of four vanadium redox batteries manufactured by Invinity Energy Systems with a total capacity of 0.8 MWh. 2520 solar panels with a maximum capacity of more than 1 MW are connected to them

Scottish Water Horizons, a commercial division of the water company, has overseen the investment and is exploring the possibility of including more batteries in the organization’s asset portfolio.

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The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust benefit from an advanced battery storage system

Veolia’s energy specialist for resource management has commissioned a 500-bed battery storage system at Rotherham Hospital under a 20-year energy efficiency contract (EPC).

According to Veolia, the upgrade will contribute to targeted savings of more than £ 1 million a year, provide energy gains, increase energy sustainability and allow the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to reduce carbon emissions by 49,620 tonnes.

Based on the latest lithium-ion technology, the storage system consists of several battery cells and is capable of providing 500 kW / h, which is equivalent to generating energy from 130,000 standard size AA batteries.

Control is done automatically by a third-party aggregator that manages power assets to counteract load imbalances in response to changing energy needs.

In addition, operating in uninterruptible power supply (UPS), the system also provides greater power resilience for important medical activities such as operating rooms, providing electricity in the event of a power outage.

A zero-oriented innovation challenge has been launched

Spring, the center of excellence in the water sector, launched its first innovative challenge to help the water industry achieve its net ambitions with zero carbon emissions.

The first part of the task, which opened on February 14, seeks to implement innovative ideas that can reduce operational emissions from water and wastewater treatment.

From April, the second part of the challenge will open to innovators to present ideas on the broader topic of achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Spring began its life as part of the Ofwat Water Innovation 2050 strategy and received funding of £ 250,000 through the regulator’s innovation fund, which was balanced by members of UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR). The Spring online platform was launched in September as a hub for innovators, academia and water companies to share resources and address common challenges in the water sector.

In line with Spring’s founding mission, collaboration between innovators and water companies involved in problem solving will be encouraged.

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Anglian Water finds half way in the first Strategic Pipeline project

Anglian Water has reached halfway on the first section of the new main pipeline between Lincoln and Ancaster.

Part of Anglian’s water management plan, the 24-kilometer pipeline is the inaugural scheme for Anglian Water’s Strategic Pipeline Alliance (SPA), which will create hundreds of kilometers of connecting pipelines, making it longer than the M6 ​​and the UK’s largest water infrastructure project. saw a whole generation according to the English.

The water company also submitted further planning applications to the local planning authorities of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk for permission to start work on a further 99 km of pipeline from Grantham in Lincolnshire to Bexwell in Norfolk.

The next phase will include two new pumping stations and a new indoor purified water tank at Welby Heath. Subject to consent to work planning will begin on site later in 2022.

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