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Micro DE - Micro DE Technology Comparisons

Citation Bontemps, N., Esteve, A., McKoen, K. and Mermond, Y. Micro DE - Micro DE Technology Comparisons, ETI, 2011. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000297.
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Author(s) Bontemps, N., Esteve, A., McKoen, K. and Mermond, Y.
Project partner(s) Electricité de France SA (EDF SA)} Building Research Establishment Limited} University College London} Passivsystems Ltd
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000297
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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.

This deliverable presents a methodological approach and a mapping decision tool to rank the different DE technologies solutions for the 2010 and 2030 scenario. This decision approach shouldbe used to decide the level of new incentives scheme to promote DE technologies, in terms of cost investment or energy bill incentives. This deliverable is number 4 of 7 in Work Package 3. It is in 3 parts:
  • 3.4.1 Roadmap for Micro DE Technologies. This report summarises the views of the consortium regarding future performance of micro DE technologies
  • 3.4.2 Micro DE Technology Comparisons. This report provides a comparison of the performance capabilities of different micro DE technologies in 2010 and 2040, based on analysis carried out in the model developed as part of the project The DE technologies analysed or monitored in this project are the following:
    • Biomass
    • Condensing gas boiler
    • Micro-CHP system
    • Heat-pump (Air source heat pump and ground source heat pump)
    • Solar PV -Solar thermal
    • Small wind turbine (P < 5 kW).
  • The aim of this work is to compare the ranked micro-DE solutions results for 2 scenarios:
    • a 2010 scenario,
    • a 2030 scenario, with updated parameters for efficiencies of the DE technologies installed, CO2 intensities and average kWh cost per energy
  • 3.4.3 Micro DE Technology Case Studies. This report provides 3 case studies around the potential deployment of micro DE technologies in properties in the 2010 / 2020 / 2040 timeframes, aligning with the scenario analysis carried out in report 3.5.
In conclusion, yy the year 2030, the best solutions, ranked by CO2 emissions savings, are:
  • biomass solutions alone or combined with renewable DE technologies such as Solar Thermal, Small Wind Turbine or Solar PV ,
  • Followed by the electrical solutions with heat pumps (first, GSHP with a COP of 4 then ASHP with a COP of 2.9) combined with Solar PV, Small Wind Turbine or Solar Thermal.
  • The gas solutions are not ranked in the 10 best solutions.
The findings from these reports have been included in report D3.7 : Final project report together with outputs from other deliverables within Work Package 3.
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 - Executive Summary - DE2003/D3.7: Project Summary Report

Micro DE - Findings From Field Trial Occupant Interviews

Micro DE - Heat Meter Investigation

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