Ground-Breaking Reports Published on Low Carbon London Trials.

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Low Carbon London partner, Smarter Grid Solutions, today welcomes publication of two major reports on the use of Active Network Management in urban areas.

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Our analysis has detailed how Active Network Management could be applied to manage fault level constraints and enable additional Distributed Generation (DG) connections in urban networks.

The results from new technologies trialled on London’s electricity distribution network, operated by UK Power Networks, contribute to 14 reports submitted to the industry regulator, Ofgem. They detail technical and economic benefits resulting from the use of Active Network Management and offer a practical guide for Distributed Network Operators (DNOs) on assessing and supporting the connection of distributed generation.

UK Power Networks, Britain’s largest Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), led the £28.3 million Low Carbon London project with 11 partners, including Smarter Grid Solutions, to investigate the impact of low carbon and Active Network Management technologies on London’s electricity network.

The results

The trials have enabled UK Power Networks to evaluate the technical and economic benefits of Active Network Management for managing and monitoring distributed generation, demand side response and smart electric vehicle charging. Over 25 MW of load and generation, including over 47 electric vehicle charge posts across London with a total capacity of over 600 kW, were managed by the Active Network Management system during the trials.

The savings

The case studies presented in the Report A8 indicate that savings on network reinforcement are significant - for example, up to £441k at one of the primary substations assessed. Similarly, Report A9 shows that further savings can be achieved when Active Network Management is used to support the connection of additional generation. For example, the net benefit available at one of the primary substations assessed can be increased to £934k.

“Our analysis has detailed how Active Network Management could be applied to manage fault level constraints and enable additional Distributed Generation (DG) connections in urban networks.” said Michael Clark, programme director for UK Power Networks, Low Carbon London. “The Low Carbon London trial explored the use of Active Network Management to autonomously manage the connectivity and power export of DG, effectively dealing with power flow, voltage or fault level constraints identified during the connection analysis. We hope this expands on the opportunity to offer customers a flexible connection solution, avoiding the need to pay for network upgrades.”

Read LCL Report A8: “Assessing the contribution of distributed generation to security of supply”.
Read LCL Report A9: “Facilitating the connection of distributed generation”.

About Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions delivers products and services that enable electricity distribution companies and utilities to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER). The company provides world-leading Active Network Management products, and is the only provider to uniquely combine real-time, autonomous and deterministic control into its Active Network Management solutions. Its products are transforming the utilisation and resiliency of electricity networks, and managing connected customers at greatly reduced cost, without compromising safety and security. It supports customers worldwide from its offices in Glasgow, London and New York.

The company was formed in 2008, originating from the world-renowned Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Strathclyde, and it is Europe’s leading vendor of DER integration solutions. It established its offices in Brooklyn, NY in 2013, and is now an active contributor to the development of the Smart Grid in many parts of the USA.

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