Community Energy Solutions in partnership with Newcastle University and Northumbria University has been awarded a £25,000 government grant after coming top in a national competition led by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The Advanced Heat Competition, which ran in partnership with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), was launched as a result of the marked increase in low carbon heat technologies, such as air-source heat pumps.
Applicants in the competition were invited to submit ideas of how heat storage systems could be used to lessen this impact and spread demands on the grid away from peak times in the day.
The joint bid submitted by CES, Newcastle University and Northumbria University proposed using a specially designed 300-litre cylinder containing phase change materials (PCM), which are capable of storing and releasing large quantities of heat by shifting from solid to liquid.
Working in continued collaboration CES, Newcastle University and Northumbria University, will now use these funds to carry out a feasibility study on their PCM-based idea and test it in a laboratory setting over the next two months.
The results from these experiments will be submitted to the DECC in late December, as part of the second stage of the Advanced Heat Competition.
Applicants who successfully pass this phase will then be awarded further funds to develop a prototype of their idea and test it in residential properties.