The award-winning Kent Active System Management (KASM) project demonstrated GB’s first use of real-time power system modelling and short term forecasting on electricity distribution networks. The success of the project meant we connected an additional 4Mwh of renewable energy.
The operating area of East Kent in the South Eastern Power Networks license area provides a perfect example of the operational and planning challenges that arise when large amounts of intermittent wind and solar generation are connected to a distribution network with limited local demand.
The KASM project will deliver enhanced visibility and analysis capabilities regarding the power flows and stability of the 132 kV network to control room engineers and outage and network planners.
These capabilities enabled UK Power Networks to:
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:
The project will demonstrate the use of contingency analysis in the control room of a GB DNO for the first time; control rooms do not currently have real-time data handling capacity. The conclusions and learning achieved from the project will be instrumental in helping other DNOs implement similar solutions, thus taking a first step in modernising the GB distribution network.
It will also bring together for first time DNO and TSO real-time data in the control room and that is significant difference when compared to the existing transmission network deployments of contingency analysis software.
The project demonstrated the use of real time contingency analysis in the control room of a GB DNO for the first time. The conclusions and learning achieved from the project was instrumental in helping other DNOs implement similar solutions, thus taking a first step in modernising the GB distribution network.
The operation of the system once installed provided major opportunities for learning. Operating procedures were changed to incorporate the use of the Contingency Analysis and forecasting platform, which enabled the formal reporting of how frequently and effectively it is utilised.
SDRC 9.2 – Contingency Analysis System Integration
SDRC 9.3 – Installation of Forecasting Modules
SDRC 9.5 – Completion of KASM trials
SDR 9.6 – Development of Business Design