Our partners

To deliver our extensive portfolio of smart grid and innovation projects we collaborate closely with other organisations. Our partners are specifically chosen for their experience, expertise and innovative thinking as well as the support they can bring to help us develop and deliver individual elements of our projects.


Alstom Grid UK Limited is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. They provide off-the-shelf integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including wind, and offer a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids.
 
Summary of project role:
Alstom Grid is a delivery partner for some of the innovative smart solutions. They will provide smart devices such Dynamic Overhead Line Ratings equipment and protection schemes to accommodate higher levels of distributed generation on the distribution network.



Fundamentals Ltd specialise in power systems technology with a focus on transformers, tap changers and substation control systems.
 
Summary of project role:
Fundamentals Ltd has supplied new, modern transformer tap changer control relays that take account of the impact of embedded generation at two identified substation sites within the Flexible Plug and Play trial area. Fundamentals has also designed, installed, commissioned and provided applications support and technical expertise for the Quadrature-booster control system.



GE Power Conversion (formerly Converteam) is a worldwide specialist in power conversion engineering, with the clear mission to improve and secure customers' process performance while lowering environmental impact. GE Power Conversion is also a major systems supplier to the wind industry to which it provides a complete electrical range of converters, generators, power quality, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and grid connection solutions.

Summary of project role:
GE Power Conversion has provided the primary Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) hardware for the Flexible Plug and Play trial including developing the IEC61850 server capability for the RTU. GE Power Conversion has also provided support on general system design, systems integration and specific product support and development.



GL Garrad Hassan is an independent consultancy in renewable engineering with recognised expertise at the forefront of offshore wind, wave, tidal and solar sectors.

Summary of project role:
GL Garrad Hassan played an important role in the initial stakeholder engagement activity by carrying out independent interviews with generators of renewable energy (existing and potential), local and national government, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), financial institutions and Ofgem, the industry regulator. They have also provided technical advice to the project.

Read the Stakeholder Engagement report



Imperial College London provides world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, management and medicine.
 
Summary of project role:
Imperial College London is developing a Strategic Investment Model that will identify the most cost-efficient and low carbon solution to connect renewable generation to the distribution network. It will be based on what can be technically and commercially achieved using the latest advances in smart grid technology being trialed on the Flexible Plug and Play project.

Also a partner with: Low Carbon London and Smarter Network Storage




The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is a professional society for the engineering and technology community with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. It provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.
 
Summary of project role:
The IET help disseminate the knowledge gained from the Flexible Plug and Play project to key stakeholders, including other Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), the Energy Networks Association (ENA), Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and Ofgem.



Silver Spring Networks connects utilities with their customers and transforms the delivery of smart grid services while improving energy efficiency, empowering customers and ensuring reliable delivery of low-cost services.
 
Summary of project role:
Silver Spring Networks designed, commissioned and provides on-going support for the radio frequency communications infrastructure that will facilitate all the data traffic for the Flexible Plug and Play project. The telecommunications platform supports the protocol (International Electro-technical Commission) IEC 61850; this protocol will ensure interoperability of smart devices from different vendors.

Read about the installation of the new Flexible Plug and Play telecommunications platform



Smarter Grid Solutions Ltd (SGS) is an innovative technology company that provides smart grid products and services to the power industry to help them meet increasing global demand for electricity and connect more renewable generation. Smarter Grid Solutions delivers a range of platforms, applications and services to electricity network operators to allow them to manage network constraints and avoid, or defer, network reinforcement costs through Active Network Management (ANM).
 
Summary of project role:
Smarter Grid Solutions designed, installed, commissioned and supports the Active Network Management (ANM) solution that will coordinate and control smart devices and the export of the renewable generation developers. They have provided smart grid applications to manage power flow and voltage constraints, and continue to estimate thermal ratings of overhead line 33kV circuits. Smarter Grid Solutions is also providing power systems consultancy to the project and support with the curtailment analysis required for the FPP interruptible connection offers.

 
Also a partner with: Low Carbon London




University of Cambridge Electricity Policy Research Group (EPRG) is based at the Judge Business School at the university. Their research team has broad expertise in economics, technology policy and political science. EPRC’s core research discipline is economics, within a framework that encourages collaboration between experts from different academic traditions, drawing on insights from engineering, political science and law.

Summary of project role:
The EPRG carried out extensive research to understand best practice from around the world regarding interruptible connections for distributed wind generation. This research has helped inform the Flexible Plug and Play commercial approach.

The EPRG provides economic, regulatory and competition analysis of the Flexible Plug and Play model, which is being developed by Imperial College London and us. They also provide a social cost benefit analysis of the model outputs and analyse the regulatory issues.

Read the research on international interruptible wind connections




Vodafone (formerly Cable & Wireless Worldwide) is a leading global telecommunications company providing a wide range of high-quality services, including data hosting and Internet Protocol-based services.

Summary of project role:Vodafone delivered the Flexible Plug and Play telecommunications platform, which went live in March 2013. They worked with project partner Silver Spring Networks who installed the radio frequency telecommunications infrastructure.

Read about the installation of the new Flexible Plug and Play telecommunications platform



CGI (previously Logica)
is a business and technology service company driven by its commitment to living in a more sustainable society.

Summary of project role: CGI’s role in Low Carbon London is to provide the ‘smart meter head-end’, an IT repository for data collected from smart meters, as well as an experienced project management resource.




EDF Energy 
are one of the largest UK home and business energy suppliers.

Summary of project role: EDF Energy is working with Low Carbon London to supply smart meters to the homes of their customers across London and to implement the dynamic time-of-use trial. The company is also one of the aggregators in the Demand Side Response trial.
 




EnerNOC
helps commercial, institutional and industrial organisations use energy more intelligently while paying less for it and generating cash flow that benefits the bottom line.

Summary of project role: EnerNOC are acting as one of the aggregators in the Demand Side Response trial.




Flexitricity
help bring new revenue and increased asset reliability to UK businesses, while reducing carbon emissions and risk in the national electricity system. They are committed to developing a smarter electricity network helping secure electricity supplies and supporting the renewable energy revolution.

Summary of project role: Flexitricity is an aggregator in the Demand Side Response trial.




Greater London Authority – The Mayor’s Office
has a clear vision of London being recognised as a world leader in improving the environment locally and globally.

Summary of project role: The Mayor’s Office is working closely with Low Carbon London to support developments required to ensure that the electricity infrastructure can support the city’s low carbon future.




Imperial College London
research group has intensive, internationally recognised experience in analysing, modelling and optimising electricity systems, with particular emphasis on future systems characterised by intermittent renewable generation, electrified transport and heat demand, and high penetrations of distributed generation. Imperial College has been involved in a number of UK and EU projects looking at various aspects of flexible balancing technologies and their impact on the performance of future low carbon systems, most recently in reports to the Carbon Trust and Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Summary of project role: Imperial College with its world-class power systems simulation facility has created a Learning Laboratory for Low Carbon London to capture information and learning from the project. The Learning Laboratory, along with the reports that Imperial College will be writing at the end of the project, will support the knowledge dissemination activity to a wide group of stakeholders. These stakeholders include Distributed Network Operators (DNOs), the rest of the energy industry, Government organisations, academic institutions, Londoners, local communities and cities across the world.

Also a partner with: Smarter Network Storage and Flexible Plug and Play




Institute for Sustainability
was formed as a charity in 2009, the Institute supports the trialling of smart grid technology, demand side response mechanisms, smart meters and new commercial arrangements to promote the delivery of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable cities and communities.

Summary of project role: The Institute is working to enhance innovation, value and positive impact of the Low Carbon London programme.
London. It will also be working to attract additional funding to the programme.




National Grid
is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. The company owns and maintains the high-voltage electricity transmission system in England and Wales, together with operating the system across Great Britain, balancing supply with demand on a minute by minute basis.

Summary of project role: National Grid is involved in the Low Carbon London Demand Side Response trial. The knowledge gathered in the Low Carbon London Learning Laboratory will allow National Grid to better understand the dynamics of incorporating demand side response solutions which help it to balance network generation and demand with increasing levels of intermittent renewable energy. This will also support London’s existing and planned low carbon strategies as well as accommodate the many different demands on the grid that we will face in the future.

Also a partner with: Smarter Network Storage




Siemens
is a global engineering and technology company. It’s Smart Grid division supports customers like power producers, grid operators, industries, multi utilities, cities and rail operators in expanding intelligent transmission and distribution energy grids as well as in integrating centralised and decentralised power generation. Siemens provide products, solutions and services for protection, automation, planning, control, monitoring and diagnostics of grid infrastructure.

Summary of project role: Siemens is drawing from its experience in smart grids (from other global projects) to support the Low Carbon London project. Siemens has set up an Operational Data Store (ODS) to capture the information and data from all of the trials.




Smarter Grid Solutions
is an innovative technology company provides smart grid products and services to the power industry to help them meet increasing global demand for electricity and connect more renewable generation. Smarter Grid Solutions delivers a range of platforms, applications and services to electricity network operators to allow them to manage network constraints and avoid, or defer, network reinforcement costs through Active Network Management (ANM).

Summary of project role: Smarter Grid Solutions is supplying active network management tools for the decentralised energy trial.

Also a partner with: Flexible Plug and Play




Transport for London (TfL)
is the local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system in Greater London. Its role is to implement the transport strategy and to manage transport services across London. Transport for London is responsible for Source London – a private and public partnership consortium that delivers London’s largest city-wide electric vehicle charging network.

Summary of project role: Transport for London, through Source London, is working with Low Carbon London to support the electric vehicle trials.


AMT-SYBEX has over 20 years of experience in providing leading-edge software solutions to the energy sector, covering a range of generation, transmission, distribution and retail requirements. They will use their Affinity Suite of data management software, that is already deployed in the sector, as the base for the Smart Optimisation and Control solution.

Summary of project role: AMT-SYBEX has been selected to develop, deploy and test the Smart Optimisation and Control platform for the project.



Newcastle University has developed modelling and simulation tools to research the network impact of UK Power Network’s operation of small-scale storage installed as part of LCNF project UKPNT1001. This work has led to the development of a testing programme that is being implemented in the field to explore the network support services that storage can provide. Newcastle University researchers are also currently undertaking several other projects with a storage element, including Customer Led Network Revolution with Northern Powergrid and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) projects that provide channels for wider dissemination, comparison and review. 

Summary of project role: Newcastle University will provide development of algorithms to determine optimum use of the storage device, data analysis and learning capture throughout the operational phase of the project, and coordination and audit of the knowledge dissemination.



Imperial College London’s research group has intensive, internationally recognised experience in analysing, modelling and optimising electricity systems, with particular emphasis on future systems characterised by intermittent renewable generation, electrified transport and heat demand, and high penetrations of distributed generation. Imperial has been involved in a number of UK and EU projects looking at various aspects of flexible balancing technologies and their impact on the performance of future low carbon systems, most recently in reports to the Carbon Trust and Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
 
Summary of project role: Imperial College will design and deliver a number of studies and models to assess the long-term technical and commercial benefits of storage within a distribution network, including:
  • Development of recommendations on how energy storage could be included in future network design methodologies and future versions of P2/6.
  • Modelling and assessment of the conflicts and synergies in the use of storage for multiple applications. The model will be validated and informed by operating trials.
  • Modelling and analysis of strategic approaches to managing storage for multiple applications.
  • Design and development of tools to facilitate the optimum sizing of storage for distribution network planners.
 
Also a partner with: Low Carbon London and Flexible Plug and Play



KiWiPower will build upon their experience as a leading aggregator of demand response flexibility.

Summary of project role: KiWiPower will provide ancillary services management for us, being the main interface with National Grid when the storage device is providing ancillary services and completing the necessary reporting and management of delivery.



National Grid is a key operational partner. As a potential purchaser of several services, National Grid will be pivotal in helping the project manage the potential conflicts in shared usage between the Distribution Network Organisation (DNO), National Grid and the energy market. In addition, National Grid will assist in the design of appropriate commercial conditions whose aim would be to facilitate the entry of distribution connected storage into the GB electricity market, whilst ensuring a non-discriminatory approach to existing providers.

Summary of project role: National Grid will provide guidance and advice in identifying ancillary service opportunities for storage, insofar as is consistent with non-discrimination policies. National Grid will also be one of the potential buyers of services from the network storage device (STOR, frequency support, etc.) with any such procurement occurring as part of their normal activities in balancing the GB system. National Grid will support the development of proposals to suggest modifications to future service design and the relevant industry codes to facilitate a larger role for distribution-connected storage.
 
Also a partner with: Low Carbon London



Pöyry Management Consulting offers in-depth modelling capability for the full electricity sector value chain, including networks and storage, which enables modelling of future energy scenarios that take into account the impact of intermittency among other economic factors. Pöyry brings significant market design expertise with a deep understanding of the market arrangements in GB, covering legislation, licences, industry codes and subsidiary documents.

Summary of project role: Pöyry Management Consulting will deliver market and regulatory expertise to assess what changes will be needed to the regulatory framework(s) to allow the large scale adoption of storage technologies by DNOs. They will assist with the provision of analytical and modelling services to assess the potential of each of the commercial models being trialled as part of this project. 



SmartestEnergy is the leading purchaser of renewable energy from the independent sector and supplies electricity to a range of business and industrial customers. As an independent company, SmartestEnergy play an increasingly important role in providing choice and flexibility in a market traditionally dominated by major energy producers and suppliers. 

Summary of project role: SmartestEnergy will provide the route to wholesale markets, providing pricing information to allow service decisions to be made and reconciliation in the market. They will offer a number of innovative commercial routes to the market for energy from the network storage device.



Swanbarton is a specialist electrical energy storage consultancy services provider and has been active in the electricity storage arena for twenty years. Swanbarton has experience in market analysis, energy storage applications, costs, planning, contractual and regulatory frameworks gained from its own research and from participation in many projects of various sizes in the UK and overseas. The company therefore brings first-hand experience of previous proposed installations and the business case challenges that will be analysed and tackled in the project.

Summary of project role: General support to the overall development of the project and specialist support in energy storage concepts, design, hardware and operation.



S&C Electric is a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for electric power transmission and distribution. 

Summary of project role: S&C Electric is the supplier of the electricity storage device.