smart grid

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has signed a partnership agreement with smart grid software firm Open Utility to pilot the company’s solution ‘Piclo’.

According to a statement, the agreement allows SSEN to learn from and participate in the company’s revolutionary smart grid platform.

SSEN will pilot Piclo throughout 2018 as part of a Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy funded project.

SSEN will use lessons learnt from piloting the software in its transition from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO).

The software will allow flexible capacity from distributed energy resources, energy storage batteries and demand response aggregators for grid reliability

The utility says it is confident it will be able to address challenges associated with increasing distributed generation, electric vehicles, demand side response and energy storage systems in its operations.

SSEN says its transition to a DSO will enable the provision of new services and enable peer-to-peer and flexibility trading.

The development will create new revenue streams for consumers, as well as help reduce carbon emissions.

James Johnston, CEO and co-founder of Open Utility, said: “Unlike other industries like short-term rentals and taxi services, the energy sector cannot be transformed by an online marketplace acting alone, but through meaningful partnerships with incumbents working towards a common goal".