RED WoLF - Rethink Electricity Distribution Without Load Following
- Leeds Beckett University, UK
- Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (UK)
- Wakefield and District Housing Limited (UK)
- National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (UK)
- First Choice Homes (UK)
- University of Lorraine (FR)
- Électricité de France (FR)
- Neolia (FR)
- Campus de l’Espace (FR)
- Institute of Technology Sligo (IE)
- Cork City Council (IE)
- Carbery Housing Association (IE)
- Volta (BE)
- ARGE SOLAR (GER)
Leeds Beckett Contact: Dr Giuseppe Colantuono
The RED WoLF project will increase the use of renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions for homes with photovoltaic solar panels that don't have gas.
Officially approved in January 2019, the project will run until July 2022 with a total project budget of €6.06 million. Of this, the total budget received from Interreg North-West Europe (2014-2020) is €3.64 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Leeds Beckett University will lead and manage RED WoLF in collaboration with 13 partner institutions from the UK, France, Ireland, Belgium and Germany. The resulting knowledge may then be used to advise industry and policymakers about environmental and energy strategies.
Six pilot projects to fit houses with hybrid storage systems merging batteries and storage heaters will take place in France, England and Republic of Ireland. The heaters will provide heat on demand and the batteries will store output from the solar panels. The houses hybrid storage systems will be able to communicate with the national grid, using new 'smart' technology to draw low-carbon energy (wind/solar) from the grid at times of low demand. This will remove the mismatch between generation and usage.
Although solar panels, batteries and thermal storage currently exist, they are not systematically combined in homes. Combining batteries with a cheap heat storage technology will make storage more affordable. In turn, this will enable homes with solar panels to use their energy locally, as well as to store grid electricity when nobody wants it. Negotiations with utilities will aim to achieve a reduced tariff for this service.
A home control system will automatically make decisions on storage based on local energy usage, the price of electricity, weather forecasts and the grid’s current CO2 intensity.
Across the six pilot sites in UK, Ireland and France, 100 houses will reduce carbon emissions from their energy use by 215 tonnes/year. By the end of the project in 2022, the smart hybrid storage systems will be market-ready and prepared for installation into NWE homes.