Kent Active System Management

Start date: January 2015 End date: December 2017 Total funding: £3.9 million Funding from LCNF: £3.4 million Funding from UK Power Networks: £0.45 million Project Partners: £0.05 million

Overview:
The Kent Active System Management project aims to trial new Contingency Analysis software to demonstrate improved operation and planning of the East Kent 132 kV distribution network. The project is expected to demonstrate that the network can be run closer to its design limits, releasing network capacity and deferring the need for significant customer-funded reinforcement. It will also reduce the amount of renewable electricity output that needs to be curtailed during essential maintenance or equipment faults.


The significant increase in uptake of renewable energy in recent years has placed electricity networks under greater pressure. This export of power onto the electricity is the most extreme form of the network operating in the opposite way to which it was originally designed, where sections of the network are not only supplying their own demand, but also exporting the surplus onto the transmission system.

There is no longer a simple ‘day of highest winter demand' and 'day of lowest summer demand', and the presence of multiple interconnectors and Grid Supply Points create a number of extreme scenarios that need to be analysed. This is therefore placing a greater requirement to monitor all contingencies on the electricity network.


Contingency analysis is a valuable tool to predict the effect of outages and to take actions to keep the distribution network secure and reliable. The project will trial for the first time the use of contingency analysis on an electricity distribution network in Great Britain. It will also be the first trial of the implementation on a coordinated and interfaced basis with the electricity transmission network. The aim of the project is to explore, tackle and demonstrate the value of contingency analysis software in operational timeframes on the network in East Kent.

There are four core objectives of the project:
  • Enhanced real-time analysis capability
  • Improved reliability through active management
  • More efficient out planning practices
  • Effective constraint management to increase performance

The Kent Active System Management project has been designed to address a number of pragmatic issues related to reliability, capacity, and outage planning. The project will:
  • Install a communication link between the UK Power Networks control room and National Grid’s control room,
  • Install a contingency analysis software tool in UK Power Networks control room,
  • Develop complementary forecasting capabilities for load and generation in UK Power Networks control room, and
  • Trial the use of the above tools in real-time, short-term, and long-term use cases.
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Six monthly project progress report – June 2016

Six monthly progress update to Ofgem

Six monthly project progress report – December 2015

Six monthly progress update to Ofgem

SDRC 9.1- Strategy for Inter-Control Centre Communication Protocol (ICCP)

KASM - Strategy for Inter-Control Centre Communication Protocol (ICCP)

KASM Presentation (Oct 2015)

KASM Presentation (Oct 2015)

KASM project handbook

KASM project handbook

KASM knowledge dissemination roadmap

KASM knowledge dissemination roadmap

Six monthly project progress report – June 2015

Six monthly progress update to Ofgem

KASM – Ofgem Bid Submission

Full submission to Ofgem for LCN Funding