The Micro DE project was a scoping and feasibility study to identify opportunities for micro-generation storage and control technology development at an individual dwelling level in the UK. The study investigated the potential for reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions through Distributed Energy (DE) technologies. This was achieved through the development of a segmented model of the UK housing stock supplemented with detailed, real-time supply and demand energy-usage gathered from field trials of micro distributed generation and storage technology in conjunction with building control systems. The outputs of this project now feed into the Smart Systems and Heat programme.
The main objective of the trial is the production of a model that defines the potential for the use of Micro Distributed Energy applications within the UK domestic building stock in 2030 foruse by the ETI. This work will be based around a number of scenarios (still to be defined), with a model created from a number of existing models which the partners have already created or to which they have approved access.
Alongside the model the project will install monitoring equipment into 20 homes that have existing Micro Distributed Energy systems in place in order to fill gaps in technical understanding and user behaviour. The precise technologies for the homes is the subject of a separate document – hence this document will detail the monitoring points for all DE technology candidates which are still candidates for selection.
In selection of the trial homes it is intended to provide a mix of levels of performance of the technologies to provide an insight into which technologies perform well under what conditions thus providing criteria for the modelling of the likely performance of technologies in the field rather than in a lab environment.
Approximately half way into the monitoring period (or earlier if issues identified) there will be a number of interventions made to a small number of the homes (approximately 6), such as improved control systems, additional technologies, or correction of faults that may also need to be monitored. The additional monitoring requirements are not covered in this document but will be documented at the appropriate time.
This deliverable is number 8 of 9 in Work Package 1. It describes the monitoring system and methodology to be used in the field trial of micro-generation systems in the project. The field trial will provide data to the consortium in order to fill gaps in technical understanding and user behaviour.