SSEN partners with ZIV automation for active network management upgrade


Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has chosen ZIV automation to provide Active Network Management (ANM) solutions to deliver a smarter and flexible energy system for the customers it serves.

The project is due to be completed by April 2020. A phased implementation rollout is expected.

Active Network Management (ANM) systems link separate components of a smart grid such as smaller energy generators, renewable generation and storage devices, by implementing software to monitor and control the operation of these devices.

SSEN pioneered the development and deployment of ANM through innovation projects to develop Britain’s first smart grid on Orkney. A review of the Orkney ANM scheme identified a solution cost of £500k compared to the £30m alternative reinforcement cost.

SSEN is working with ZIV automation to implement a technology platform that can host ANM software systems across its distribution areas, and by investing ahead of need hopes to deliver a scalable, supportive and secure technology environment compatible with the energy systems of the future.

Andrew Roper, DSO Director at SSEN said: “We are excited to be working with ZIV automation on rolling out the benefits of ANM across both our distribution areas. This project will potentially reduce network costs for our customers, help us manage maintenance cost, and improve system performance.

“The UK’s electricity system is fundamentally changing, and the rollout of flexible, low-carbon technologies are bringing significant opportunities for our customers to engage in new and exciting ways. These changes are required if the UK is to meet its net-zero climate target. This project will help improve the customer journey to providing electricity to the system in the future to play an active role in the journey to net zero.”