National Grid wants ‘low-carbon’ back up generators to replace diesel

Posted: March 15, 2022 by oldbrew in Batteries, Emissions, innovation, net zero
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Photosynthesis: nature requires carbon dioxide


It goes without saying any alternative will be more expensive than diesel. But cost can’t stand in the way of climate dogma and obsessing about ‘carbon emissions’, i.e. the trace gases that nature relies on for photosynthesis.
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National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) has launched their first ‘Call for Innovation’ to businesses across the UK to find a new low carbon alternative to backup diesel generators – Press release.

NGET currently use batteries alongside diesel generators to provide backup power to a substation for key activities such as cooling fans, pumps, and lighting, enabling it to continue to perform its crucial role in the electricity transmission system.

These backup generators are rarely used and have less than a 1% chance of operating per year, however, on the rare occasion that backup power is required, changing from diesel to low-carbon emission alternatives have the potential to reduce carbon intensity by 90%* and save over 500,000kg of carbon emissions.

NGET is seeking to establish a new commercial approach with a 3rd party supplier, enabling it to try new backup power systems or combined standby and generation assets as low carbon alternatives

The Call for Innovation (CFI) is an approach to the market to see what products and services are available in the industry with funding coming from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance.

Whilst there are low-carbon alternative diesel fuels in the market, there is a need to explore new assets, interfaces, commercial frameworks and asset management policies that support the adoption of new technology.

Backup generators are used at over 250 NGET sites across England and Wales, the majority of which are diesel powered. These systems provide NGET with the resilience to recover from a loss of supply event.

Ben Kuchta, Innovation Engineer for Net Zero Innovation at National Grid said: “As the electricity transmission owner for England and Wales, we play an important role at the heart of the UK’s transition to net zero.

“It’s important we lead by example, reducing our own emissions and working with others to enable and accelerate the transition to net zero.

“Finding new low-carbon alternatives to diesel generators is another step on that journey and we encourage suppliers to come forward.”

Press release here.

Comments
  1. Saighdear says:

    All I have to add, once again to such debates: Who employed these plonkers…. ? Human Resources! get rid of that department!

  2. Gamecock says:

    Decadence. As rates go up, they have the money to put in pink generators.

    ‘Ben Kuchta, Innovation Engineer for Net Zero Innovation at National Grid said: “As the electricity transmission owner for England and Wales, we play an important role at the heart of the UK’s transition to net zero.’

    No, you don’t.

    I think I see a savings opportunity: eliminate the position of Innovation Engineer for Net Zero Innovation. Or at least get rid of one Innovation.

  3. […] National Grid wants ‘low-carbon’ back up generators to replace diesel […]

  4. It goes without saying any alternative will be more expensive than diesel.

    It also goes without saying any alternative will be less reliable than diesel.

  5. National Grid call out to industry to find low-carbon alternatives to back up diesel generators.

    Low-carbon alternatives have made the National Grids less stable and now they want the back up power to be less stable.

    WOW!

  6. wilpretty says:

    Its OK. They can use the diesel generators to provide backup for the Net Zero backup generators.

  7. dodgy geezer says:

    I would use a small modular nuclear reactor. Do I win a prize?

  8. Gamecock says:

    Dang it! They keep backing up power to substations. We have to STOP THAT!

  9. oldbrew says:

    North Sea gas perhaps…

    North Sea gas field start-up welcomed amid fallout from war in Ukraine
    Tue, 15 March 2022

    A North Sea firm has started production from a landmark development that won backing from US billionaire Warren Buffet.

    IOG said it has produced first gas from the Blythe field in what the Oil and Gas Authority described as a positive development for the UK, amid concern about the potential impact of the fallout from the Ukraine war on supplies
    . . .
    IOG’s chief executive Andrew Hockey yesterday offered sincere thanks to Berkshire Hathaway and underlined his confidence in the commercial potential of North Sea gas resources.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/north-sea-gas-field-start-050000208.html

  10. Chaswarnertoo says:

    We could paint the diseasel engines in rainbow colours?

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