The initiative creates a first-of-a-kind facility exploiting, and significantly enhancing, the existing co-location of:
- an electricity distribution system
- a gas distribution hub
- a gas distribution control room
Through collaboration with industry and academia, InTEGReL is breaking down traditional barriers between gas, electricity, water and transport sectors to better utilise their assets in order to deliver a more secure, affordable, low carbon energy system.
A key enabler for InTEGReL has been the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) which brings together the expertise of leading academics from the Universities of Newcastle, Heriot-Watt, Sussex, Edinburgh and Durham with a wide spectrum of industrial and governmental energy experts in a highly collaborative five-year research program.
The £20m CESI project aims to develop wide-scale, probabilistic modelling and simulation of integrated energy systems at sufficient detail and sophistication to meet the needs of the energy trilemma.
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Newcastle University, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Northern Powergrid have launched InTEGReL - Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory.