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Reference Number NGET/SCADENT/SIFWholeSystem
Title SCADENT - SuperConductor Applications for Dense Energy Transmission
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies (Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2022
End Date 01 February 2023
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £499,097
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NGET/SCADENT/SIFWholeSystem
Objectives
Abstract "This project addresses two key aims set out in the SIF Innovation Challenge:*Improve coordination between networks and other system participants: theproject achieves this through innovative technology to enable future gridreinforcement needs for heat, power, and transport while reducing the carbonimpact of electricity system.*Reduce duplication and excessive variation of products, processes orservices: the project achieves this through evaluating the costs and opportunitiesof repurposing existing infrastructure and/or assets -- such as existing cableroutes, tunnels and substations, leading to lower costs for upgradinginfrastructure.The network innovation involved is the innovative deployment of HighTemperature Superconductor (HTS) cable technology to increase networkcapacity on the GB electricity network. Full achievement of the projects aims willrequire technology innovation to drive down cost, deployment innovation to reduceEngineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) risk, and operation andmaintenance (O&M) innovation to allow continued support of the novel cabletechnology. We build on international innovative experience drawn from a numberof HTS projects are in operation worldwide. We aim to extend the experience athigher voltages (only four projects are at voltages higher than 80kV) and withlonger lengths of cable (the longest AC installation is 1200m long).The project has evolved during the discovery phase as follows:*The partners have a shared understanding of the maturity of HTS technology, therequirements for future development and the needed cost and risk reductionsteps.*A plan to mature the technical and commercial viability of HTS technologythrough demonstration a realistic field test environment has been established.*The challenges of developing HTS systems for the GB grid are better understoodand the Alpha phase plan has been adjusted to deal with them, including testingand modelling and additional expertise to reinforce some experience gaps withinthe project team.*An outline cost and benefit model has been produced, identifying the areas forlargest potential cost reductions.The project has engaged a range of key partners with the knowledge andexpertise to deliver the project and implement outcomes. These partners are:1.Transmission and distribution network owners: (NGET, WPD, SPEN, UKPN)driving the requirements for the technology and identifying operating conditionsand future use cases.2.HTS Technology providers: Nexans and AMSC, experts in superconductingcable systems, technology expertise on current costs and technology readinesslevel (TRL).3.Academic partners: Universities of Manchester and Strathclyde research andexpertise in power system technologies, modelling and simulation of solution.4.Project Management & Benefits Assessment: Frazer-Nash Consultancy,programme management, technology lifecycle development, and cost/benefitanalyses.5.*Generation Licence Holder:* ├śrsted generation licence holder supporting thisproject.The partners combine knowledge and capabilities and a strong interest inadvancing HTS technology. NGET, SPEN, WPD, UKPN can deploy the solutionon the respective networks, ├śrsted can develop understanding of the potentialuses of HTS technology in generation contexts, Nexans and AMSC can designand produce innovative HTS solutions to suit GB grid requirements, TheUniversities of Strathclyde and Manchester can expand their research in thearea of superconductor technology and its impacts on the grid,and Frazer-Nashensure the capabilities of the supporting consultancy ecosystem.The proposed solution addresses the challenges held by its potential users: NGETand other network operators (TOs and DNOs). These users benefit from a widerrange of options to enable future grid reinforcement, including the replacement ofexisting assets reaching the end of life. Consumers benefit from faster progresstowards a net-zero electricity system, experience reduced disruption in upgradingnetwork assets and will be supplied by a more resilient and sustainable network."
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Added to Database 01/11/23