Perth, Scotland — (METERING.COM) — October 5, 2012 – Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, one of the largest power distribution networks in the U.K., is to launch a substation automation pilot with the Dutch smart grid solution provider Locamation.
The objective of the pilot, which runs under the umbrella of Ofgem’s Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI), is to provide increased understanding and control of the network condition whilst helping to prepare for a low carbon economy.
“SSE has chosen Locamation’s SASensor technology as it has the potential to provide many advantages over traditional substation protection solutions,” said future networks and policy research and development manager David MacLeman. “Both capital and operational expenditure costs can be reduced. At the same time the remote monitoring facilities and the flexibility of the substation’s protection and control systems will be improved. This should allow SSE to operate a more dynamic and efficient network that can benefit all customers.”
The pilot, currently scheduled to run for one year, will equip one primary substation with Locamation’s SASensor HMV, which enables measurement and monitoring of grid patterns, protection and control at a medium voltage level.