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Department of Engineering, Durham University
Department of Engineering, Durham University:
Prof Anthony Paul Roskilly
Dr Yousaf Khalid
Dr Andrew Smallbone
Dr Ugochukwu Ngwaka
Centre for Sustainable Engineering, Teesside University:
Dr Huda Dawood
Prof Nashwan Dawood
Support local efforts to decarbonise all industrial clusters, starting with Teesside industrial cluster.
Decarbonising industrial clusters will require a paradigm shift in the supply and utilisation of energy and a switch to alternative energy vectors, e.g. hydrogen, BECCS and increased electrification underpinned by intermittent renewable energy re-balanced with energy storage. These transformations require a deeper understanding of integrated energy systems, a long-term strategic vision and a place-based planning capability. Current energy systems modelling is generally based on simplistic and non-dynamic assumptions which greatly limits their ability to inform decision-making and thus hinders effective decarbonisation. Alternatively, multi-energy-vector engineering models are more robust but have shown limited success in scale-up when applied to large and complex energy systems, like industrial clusters.
This project will develop a “best of both-worlds” planning tool; a simpler solution which accounts for uncertainties and is more scalable for the analysis of multi-vector energy flows. The model will be initiated using real-world data from the Teesside Cluster but built into a flexible response surface methodology (RSM) framework as a case-study. The complexity will be made appropriate by populating the RSMs with more physical, multi-dimensional representations of cluster energy system components. The tool will be used to explore high-level planning scenarios and help support local efforts for decarbonising all the industrial clusters.
Four key sites:
Multi-Vector Energy System
Wilton International in Teesside Industrial Cluster offer the UK’s largest private wire network with plug in and play utility supply capabilities and import/export energy to the National Grid. Four energy generation units utilising three fuel types are located in the Wilton cluster.
The tool will model and simulate the multi-vector energy system networks on the Wilton site as described above and assess the impact of the planned interventions for achieving net-zero. The key tool features are listed below: