Coleraine Microgrid: A district energy scheme for Coleraine


Funder: Invest NI CASE
Duration: 08 April 2016 to 04 January 2017
Staff Involved: Dr P Keatley

This project examined the feasibility of developing a hybrid ‘power to heat’ energy system for industrial heat consumers in Coleraine based on a large-scale water source heat pump (WSHP) and electrode boilers. More specifically the project sought to quantify the capability of large-scale advanced water source heat pumps, combined with megawatt-scale electrode boilers, to provide grid services (frequency regulation, reserve, load on demand) in a system with a high penetration of variable renewable energy (VRE). The study confirmed a significant and concentrated demand for heat within a relatively small area of the town which would lend itself to a smart district heat network.