Two small scale smart grid projects registered in U.K.


London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — July 9, 2010 – To date just two projects have been registered in the small project category for funding from the U.K.’s Low Carbon Network Fund.

EDF Energy Networks has registered a project to demonstrate the benefits of short term discharge energy storage on an 11 kV distribution network. EDF Energy Networks has previously explored with Durham University and ABB the benefits that storage can offer in managing intermittent generation, and as a result the company is purchasing a Li-Ion storage device which will be commissioned in September 2010. The project will take the existing results from network simulations and validate them by running progressive experiments on the storage device itself, throughout a number of seasonal, load and generation output variations on the network.

Scottish Power has registered a project to implement real time thermal ratings. Scottish Power has been a partner in an R&D project with the University of Durham, Areva, Imass and Parsons Brinckerhoff to design and install at real-time thermal ratings system for overhead lines, cables and power transformers on a test network in North Wales. The aim of the system is to give the control room operators greater visibility of the actual thermal operating status of their network, and will involve the installation of meteorological stations and monitoring equipment. This in turn will feed into an “active network management” project, which will facilitate and manage the connection of the wind farms on congested networks.

Up to £80 million is being made available to fund the small scale projects, as well as to put in place the people, resources and processes to design, develop and implement both small and large smart grid projects.

Registration of these projects has been open since April 1, 2010.