A daily representation of Great Britain's energy vectors: Natural gas, electricity and transport fuels

I.A.Grant Wilson, Anthony J.R. Rennie, Peter J. Hall, Nicolas Kelly

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Abstract

In much of Europe there is a strong push to decarbonise energy demands, including the largest single end-use demand – heat. Moving heat demands over to the electrical network poses significant challenges and the use of hybrid energy vector and storage systems (heat and electrical storage) will be a critical component in managing this transition. As an example of these challenges (facing many developed countries), the scale of recently available daily energy flows through the UK’s electrical, gas and transport systems are presented. When this data is expressed graphically it illustrates important differences in the demand characteristics of these different vectors; these include the quantity of energy delivered through the networks on a daily basis, and the scale of variability in the gas demand over multiple timescales (seasonal, weekly and daily). As the UK proceeds to migrate heating demands to the electrical
network in its drive to cut carbon emissions, electrical demand will significantly increase. Additionally, the greater variability and uncertainty shown in the gas demand will also migrate to the electrical demand posing significant difficulties for the maintenance of a secure and reliable electrical system in the coming decades. The paper concludes an analysis of the different means of accommodating increasingly volatile electricity demands in future energy
networks.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Nov 2013
EventINCEREE 2013, Primer Congreso Internacional y Expo Cientifica, Investigación Sostenible: Energías Renovables y Eficiencìa Energética - Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 28 Nov 201329 Nov 2013

Conference

ConferenceINCEREE 2013, Primer Congreso Internacional y Expo Cientifica, Investigación Sostenible: Energías Renovables y Eficiencìa Energética
CountryEcuador
CityQuito
Period28/11/1329/11/13

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Keywords

  • decarbonising heat
  • energy vector data

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Wilson, I. A. G., Rennie, A. J. R., Hall, P. J., & Kelly, N. (2013). A daily representation of Great Britain's energy vectors: Natural gas, electricity and transport fuels. Paper presented at INCEREE 2013, Primer Congreso Internacional y Expo Cientifica, Investigación Sostenible: Energías Renovables y Eficiencìa Energética, Quito, Ecuador.