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Reference Number ENA_10060474
Title Powering Wales Renewably
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources 30%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 40%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 30%;
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 plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2023
End Date 01 July 2023
Duration 3 months
Total Grant Value £155,791
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/10060474
Abstract "In 2019, the Welsh Government set ambitious targets to meet 70% of its electricity requirements from Welsh renewable energy sources by 2030 and has set binding climate targets that align with UK Governments commitments to a 78% reduction in carbon emissions by 2035.Despite Wales significant renewable energy opportunities, considerable planning and co-ordination challenges across multiple stakeholders is preventing the acceleration of renewable energy adoption in a sustainable way.To resolve these challenges, the project will take a whole electricity system approach to deliver an innovative digital twin of the network (the first to include both transmission and distribution in Wales). The Welsh Government and network operators will work together and identify priorities for progressing Wales world-leading decarbonisation plans, increasing renewable electricity hosting capacity and delivering net benefits to Wales citizens and communities.ESO and Welsh Government will partner to ensure an adequate and accelerated response to Net-zero goals/ challenges. Network partners (NGET, NGED) will provide subject matter expertise, ensuring a whole electricity system approach. CGI will be responsible for developing intelligent modelling solutions.The Digital twin will utilise detailed electricity system models to:Provide complete visibility of current network status, enabling transmission and distribution coordination opportunities for WalesDeliver a connections and capacity management tool, enabling a better understanding of the bi-directional whole system relationship between reinforcement options and type of low carbon technology solutions.Deliver flexibility markets coordination interface, optimising network operators flexibility requirements across multiple trading platforms and response providers, thereby reducing consumers costs.Facilitate new distributed energy resource site identification and connection, and enable constraint coordination across networks, allowing Welsh Government to set priorities, support net zero progress and enable network change through stakeholder collaboration.Address local needs by enabling home-produced, low-cost renewable electricity generation.Powering Wales Renewably addresses Innovation Challenge 2: Preparing for a net zero power system:Establishing Wales first whole electricity system model, enabling Wales to reach its full Renewable Energy (RE) potential and reduce carbon emissions.Accessing novel system support by enabling flexibility coordination across the whole electricity system, reducing RE curtailment and facilitating constraint management.Enabling electricity system integration through additional connections, increased outputs, and access for flexibility services.Currently, only separate pieces of the jigsaw are available; this common representation of the whole electricity network will complete the puzzle to enable local and regional policy makers, investors and community leaders to work with network operatorsto deliver net zero."
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Added to Database 01/11/23