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 number 7 of 7 in Work Package 3. The report is intended to act as a high level record of the activities carried out within the project and to summarise the key findingsfrom the project. The 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 maximise the efficiency of both existing heating systems and micro DE systems
Energy storage is essential to maximise use of generated energy within the home and reduce use of supplemental energy
Extensive background to these key findings is provided within the report.