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Kent Active System Management (KASM)

Kent Active System Management (KASM) is demonstrating GB’s first use of real-time power system modelling and short term forecasting on electricity distribution networks.

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Start date: 02/01/2015
End date: 01/12/2017
Budget: £3.9m

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 will enable UK Power Networks to:

  • Manage the network in real-time in order to improve reliability;
  • Reduce congestion and better manage planned and unplanned network outages;
  • Improve long-term planning capabilities to anticipate network capacity issues thus improving the reliability and capacity of the network.

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.

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.

Contingency analysis platforms are previously untested on GB distribution networks as DNO network management has not been sufficiently complex to warrant it. We expect the project to generate significant learning opportunities that will assist other DNOs implement similar solutions, thus taking a first step in modernising the GB distribution networks. We will learn from and comprehensively report on the implementation of the Contingency Analysis platform.

The operation of the system once installed will provide the major opportunity for learning. Operating procedures will be changed to incorporate the use of the Contingency Analysis platform, which will enable the formal reporting of how frequently and effectively it is utilised. In addition, we will include any ‘softer’ learning associated with how frequently and effectively the package is used by staff from both the operational and outage planning team.

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