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.
This deliverable is an additional output from the Micro-DE project, commissioned to review the current performance capabilities of different heat meters available in the UK. Four different technologies of heat meter were trialled at 8 different sites on heating systems including traditional boilers, heat pumps, solar thermal systems and an electric water heater. The report highlights the importance of correct installation techniques on accuracy of readings. The report also states that significant errors in accuracy are likely when measuring domestic hot water consumption due to rapidly changing flow rates, errors of up to 20% between meters were recorded