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Micro DE - Executive Summary - DE2003/D3.7: Project Summary Report

Citation ETI Micro DE - Executive Summary - DE2003/D3.7: Project Summary Report, ETI, 2011. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000302.
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Author(s) ETI
Project partner(s) Electricité de France SA (EDF SA), Building Research Establishment Limited, University College London, Passivesystems Ltd
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000302
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Abstract 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.

Key findings are:
  • DE equipment, as installed, does not reach the full potential of its laboratory promise.
  • Buildings Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are required to maximisethe efficiency of both existing heating systems (e.g. gas boilers) together with complex,multiple technology Micro DE technologies installed within the home
  • The reasons for underperformance of Micro DE equipment centred in two areas:
    • oThe technologies themselves are sensitive to incorrect design andinstallation.
    • oThe technologies are sensitive to the manner in which they are operated.Traditional domestic heating and hot water technologies are well-understoodby homeowners and it has been wrongly assumed that the same applies to Micro DE technologies.
  • Energy storage is essential to maximise use of generated energy within the home and reduce use of supplemental supplies (of heat or electricity) or export (of electricity).
Please note this report was produced in 2010/2011 and its contents may be out of date.
Associated Project(s) ETI-DE2003: Micro Distributed Energy
Associated Dataset(s) No associated datasets
Associated Publication(s)

Micro DE - Analysis of the Benefits of Buildings Energy Services Control System

Micro DE - Distributed Energy Monitoring System Requirements

Micro DE - Executive Summary - DE2003/D3.5: Modelling the Cost Effectiveness and Hence Potential Uptake of Technologies

Micro DE - Findings From Field Trial Occupant Interviews

Micro DE - Heat Meter Investigation

Micro DE - Micro DE Technology Comparisons

Micro DE - Micro Distributed Energy and Energy Services Management Application to existing UK residential buildings

Micro DE - Modelling the Cost Effectiveness and Potential Uptake of Technologies in Existing UK Residential Buildings

Micro DE - Plan for Larger Field Trials

Micro DE - Project Summary Report

Micro DE - Review of in Market Buildings Control Systems, Technology Platforms and Standards

Micro DE - Review of Previous Work on Energy User Behaviour