Sep 2013
Electricity Transmission
2050 Energy Infrastructure Outlook
Sep 2013
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
This Project will deliver data for the UK on different types of fixed energy infrastructure from now until 2050. The cost and performance data will enable evaluation of different energy scenarios as well as allow for the option of undertaking optimisation analysis.

The Project will gather cost and performance data on different types of infrastructure associated with specific energy vectors. The energy vectors under consideration are:

  • Electricity

  • Gas

  • Hydrogen

  • Heat

The degree to which the above parameters can change due to the impact of certain variations will also be captured by this project. The variations in question are:

  • Time

  • Distance and scale

  • Overall volume of deployment

  • UK region
Develop a data set for future project use that will be consistent with DECC, the Energy Technology Institute (ETI) and other ETI members (E.ON, EDF, BP, Shell, DECC, Defra, etc).

Outlook scenarios that provide an overview of timescales of infrastructure deployment – this would indicate the costs and timing of alternative infrastructure to gas networks and inform the business to the realistic long-term transition required to switch from gas heating to other networked heating solutions.