DNV GL has secured innovation funding from SGN to partner in a project to demonstrate the viability of a mixed-source gas network for the future. The project was developed, and will be delivered, in partnership with SGN who are one of the UK's key gas distribution operators, and industry leaders in innovation.
Gus McIntosh, Innovation & New Technology Manager and Project Director for SGN, said: “We are excited by this partnership with DNV GL and the opportunity it affords to radically change how we manage and design our networks, whilst removing barriers for new sources of gas and stimulating downstream gas renewables. A key challenge is to not only manage the volume and flow in our network, but to manage and model the energy content. Once again we are showing the energy market that gas has a significant role to play in the future energy mix.”
A major part of the project will be a field trial, which aims to understand the energy flows within a low pressure gas distribution network.
“This is an exciting opportunity to transfer and update some of the technologies and methods used in the high-pressure transmission system to complex low pressure gas distribution networks. The project is timely as it combines innovative applications of data cloud technology, big data, real-time network modelling to facilitate the challenge of distributing a wide range of different gas qualities. It could potentially redefine business as usual for the gas networks of the future,” says DNV GL Principal Specialist, Sarah Kimpton.
Throughout the three year project, DNV GL will fulfil all aspects of the project from selection & procurement of leading-edge equipment, to real-time data collection and development of a prototype real-time network model updated regularly from the data cloud.
“DNV GL will leverage our leading solutions Synergi Gas and Synergi Pipeline Simulator, in combination with novel developments built in the Internet of Things and real-time analytics, to perform analysis and calculations needed to make design, planning and operational decisions”, said Are F. Tjønn, Software CEO, DNV GL. “Most of our stakeholders are looking to decrease cost, increase productivity and create more value through efficiency improvements. By leveraging the tremendous potential in cloud based solutions, smart censoring and instrumentation of pipelines this project will demonstrate how we help our customers achieving data smart business operations”, he said.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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