London organisations with photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power (CHP) plants are helping us find smart ways to integrate low carbon generation on our network, without overloading cables and substations.
The UK’s Low Carbon Transition Plan sets out how the UK will achieve targets to produce 30 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Increasingly, wider use of local, intermittent generation will result in less predictable two-way power flows on our electricity network.
Currently, electricity mainly flows downstream through our substations and cables from a centralised power station to consumers. In the future more electricity may be generated and used locally and exported on to our network when there is a surplus.
This decentralised energy trial is investigating new Active Network Management (ANM) automation and control techniques can be used to develop a smarter electricity network that helps residents and businesses generate their own low-carbon electricity in a cost-effective way.
Our Low Carbon London partner, Smarter Grid Solutions has developed real-time network management solutions and is working to implement them in London-based industrial and commercial companies
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The energy storage system is located on a rural 11kV distribution network in North Norfolk with a 2.25MW wind farm connection. The wind farm is connected midway along a circuit and has ten fixed speed induction generators, resulting in significant reactive power demand whilst generating. The system can be used to smooth and optimise intermittent electricity output from the wind farm.
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This project focuses on understanding the impact of clusters of photovoltaic generation on the distribution network and validating the photovoltaic (PV) connection assessment tool that we developed.
Find out what else the Validation of PV connection assessment tool project is exploring >>