SP Energy announces partner for £8.3 million LV Engine project


UK utility SP Energy Networks has partnered with ERMCO, a manufacturer of energy transformers, to implement its low-voltage engine project.

The aim of the £8.3 million Ofgem-funded project is to deliver a smarter grid with a lower carbon footprint.

Ofgem is funding the project through the Network Innovation Competition and hopes the project will contribute to the UK achieving its net-zero goals.

The project will focus on the integration of existing grid infrastructure with the increased uptake of low carbon technologies as well as optimising the management of the grid network in near real-time.

ERMCO is providing its smart transformer technology to provide SP Energy with increased grid capacity, new DC services and ultimately increase grid resilience.

Colin Taylor, Director of Process and Technology at SP Energy Networks said, “As our nation strives to tackle the current climate emergency and to deliver against net-zero targets, we need to find smarter, more agile ways to manage the increased demand that creates across our electricity network.

“By partnering with ERMCO, we’re preparing for the wider roll-out of electric vehicles and other low carbon technologies by identifying innovative solutions that will start to set a new standard for the utilities industry.”

ERMCO’s CEO, Bill Reffert, said: “We’ve long believed that smart transformers will play a critical role within modern electrical networks and are pleased to be expanding our existing relationship with Iberdrola via their SP Energy Networks organisation in the UK.”