Northern Gas Networks, Newcastle University, Northern Powergrid, Northumbrian Water and Siemens have established InTEGReL (Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory).

InTEGReL is a fully integrated whole energy systems development and demonstration facility, providing a space for industry, academia, SMEs and government to come together to explore and test new energy technologies, strategies and processes which bring transport, electricity and gas into one place.

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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