Sep 2017
Gas Distribution
Alternative Pre-Heat System
Sep 2017
Feb 2018
Northern Gas Networks
Gareth Payne
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Network Innovation Allowance
Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of this project is to explore if materials doped with Graphene Nanoparticles can be used to produce low power Very Low Voltage (VLV) heating elements for pre-heating gas. This is an early stage feasibility assessment, but if successful will lead on to further projects. The project will be done in five stages as set out in the objectives below.

Stage 1 – Target Design Specifications

NGN will provide Haydale with details of existing equipment and pre-heat requirements for research. The collaborative outcome of this stage will provide the detailed design specifications.


Stage 2 – Top Level design description and calculations

Haydale will produce one or more theoretical designs will be examined using simplified assumptions and calculations made to demonstrate how the above requirement can be met.


Stage 3 – Design Options and Risks

A review of the design will be undertaken with input from several engineers to examine further options and risks in moving forward with a full-scale development.

Stage 4 – Lab Scale Demonstrator

A lab scale model will be built and tested to demonstrate critical operational capability of the technology to meet the design requirements.


Stage 5 – Report and Recommendation

A full report will be written detailing the outputs and findings of the above stages, efficiency analysis, comparison to existing pre-heating methods and cost benefit analysis, as well as recommendations for any further development as necessary.

The following will be considered when assessing if the project has been successful:

· Existing design and specification requirements

· Design options and risk assessment framework

· Successful lab demonstration of selected design option

· Final report highlighting successes, lessons learnt, options and recommendations for next stage development, efficiency comparison against existing pre-heating systems, cost benefit analysis.