The CREDIT Technology Gateway has capacity in energy storage research in both electrical and thermal technologies. We have a test site of 125kVA at 400V where we have trialled a zinc-bromine flow battery at both 500kWh and 50kWh scales. Furthermore, DKIT has a 3.5MWh thermal ice bank store linked to the HVAC system in the Carroll’s building which can be studied for timeshifting of energy. Distributed storage studies continue with a 30kWh BYD lithium ion system currently deployed in an off-grid context and mobile storage technology soon to be delivered.
Our research explores the role that energy storage can perform in balancing supply with demand on the electric grid, and growing the opportunities for grid-connected, behind-the-meter residential and non-residential energy storage.
The first steps in any energy project is to measure the load and resource on site. We utilise Fluke and Circutor metering at single and three phase to build a high time resolution picture over a long time period if necessary. For renewable energy assessment, load and resource need to be conducted for up to a year. Separate load metering is needed to determine large energy users in the site and then assess dispatchable and base loads which can be made flexible. Measurement and load profiling is important and can be externally contracted or you can engage the gateway to help you to understand and develop this information.
Our research enables the optimisation of energy use in business and industry sectors to facilitate cost savings and numerous additional benefits including improving air quality, protecting the environment, and bolstering energy security
Renewable energy is abundant and variable which is the challenge of integrating this into a commercial or industrial site. Furthermore, the energy type required needs to match the resource available; there is no point in operating a wind turbine if the greatest energy load is gas-fired process heat. Understanding the correct renewable options for your business is our strength, and the load to be satisfied will need to match the resource exploited in terms of power, timing and storage opportunities.
CREDIT Technology Gateway has almost 20 years experience in operating our wind turbine at DkIT and also being involved in research across applied levels in wind, water and bioenergy technologies. Our research signpost to other experts in solar PV and other renewable related industries like heat pumps. Make energy on your own site, for your own needs first.