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Reference Number NIA_NGSO0010
Title Situational Awareness Using Comprehensive Information
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 30%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 70%;
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 70%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 30%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2018
End Date 01 June 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £130,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGSO0010
Objectives Research projects run by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) typically span multiple years. The research work planned in 2018 for this EPRI project work stream 39.011 is divided into two sub-projects which will take place during 2018: 1. P39.011A: Identification and Visualization of Operating Boundaries This sub project will continue its efforts to investigate advanced methods for determining critical operating boundaries and displaying those boundaries to operators in a way in which they can easily assess the present situation as well as what-if operating scenarios and contingencies; and, respond accordingly. Key research activities will be to address methods to determine the most critical transfer analyses and associated operating boundaries; and, how to identify and prioritize the corresponding operator actions once these are understood. These new methods will be incorporated into the Visualization of Operating Boundaries (VOB) and BOUNDARY software applications. 2. P39.011B: Alarm, Equipment Condition, and Protection Information in Control Rooms This sub project will focus on advancing the techniques and prototype tools developed in 2017 as per the below approach: Update the Alarm Management Philosophy document as needed based on application to specific member alarm management processes. Further develop the prototype of the alarm visualization software platform for grouping and prioritizing alarms based on an identified root cause through application to member historical alarm data. Further develop the operator protection status impact visualization software prototype. Situational awareness is critical for National Grid as the GB System Operator to maintain system reliability and reduce the risk of wide-scale power outages, especially given the rapid changes happening to the GB power system with the amount and complexity of data which has to be interpreted and processed by the control room to make timely decisions. The scope of this project work stream “39.011 Situational Awareness Using Comprehensive Information” within the EPRI research program 39 aims to use new sources of data and develop new methods and tools to improve the capability for control room operators situational awareness and decision support. The R&D efforts in this EPRI research project work stream 39.011 aim to achieve the following objectives under its two sub-projects as outlined below. These are expected to enhance National Grids knowledge of these research areas to aid with improving its system operation capabilities: P39.011A: Develop and test new visualization approaches that provide greater, more effective support for situational awareness in operating the system through ways that allow faster root cause analysis and clear pathways to appropriate actions. This can be achieved by integrating comprehensive operating boundary/margin information and it has the potential to provide learning which can be applied in a GB context and for National Grids ENCC operations to reduce the quantity of information to be processed and retained. Prototype software tools that implement the visualization approaches which will be investigated. It is expected that these concept tools would be available for the System Operator to review and look into how they can be tested in the context of our operations.. P39.011B: Develop specifications for the information, communication, and visualization analytics and tools This could provide National Grid with additional knowledge to inform real-time decision support for emerging or improved sources of data such as equipment condition information, prioritized system alarms, and system protection schemes. Improve Alarm Management systems to a state where they provide system operators with actionable information under different system conditions and avoid information overload at all times. The proposed Alarm Management Philosophy document can help the control room and support teams at National Grid to better group and prioritize alarms. Improve operations awareness regarding the potential impact of protection system status changes on system operating conditions, anticipated contingencies and reliability.
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Added to Database 02/12/22