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Reference Number NIA_WPD_071
Title ANM - Balancing Coordination Demonstration (ABCD)
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
Western Power Distribution (WPD) - South West
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2022
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £291,653
Industrial Sectors Power
Region South West
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (WPD) - South West (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid ESO (0.001%)
Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (WPD) - East Midlands (0.001%)
Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (WPD) - South Wales (0.001%)
Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (WPD) - West Midlands (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_WPD_071
Objectives The project will specify, develop and test enhancements to a demonstration ANM system, specify new communications requirements and determine the financial impacts of this type of coordination under different regulatory regimes. This is delivered by a series of Work Packages (WP) as follows. WP1 System specification and design This work package, involving all partners, will specify the processes and technologies by whichThe notifications from NG ESO will be shared with DNOS;The DNO will process the request (including checking for co-ordination with any other DNO planned actions e.g. flexibility services- DSO Primacy rules) and relay the information to the relevant ANM system, and The ANM system operation will be modified. The specification of the system requirements therefore covers both the modifications to the ANM system (and any other related system such as PowerOn) as well as the new communications and supporting technology. It is expected to involve cross party workshops and the design will be closely linked. The specification of communications requirements should also look ahead to the implementation of the forecasting based solutions and ensure that the solution for information transfer could support sharing forecasting data / results in the future as well. WP2 Commercial Evaluation This work package, delivered by WSP, will assess the potential impact of extending the degree to which ANM customers are constrained including potential costs if customers are to be compensated. This will consider different regulatory models reflecting extended customer choice in terms of firm/non-firm connection options. WP3 System Development This work package, delivered by SGS, will involve the development of the modified test ANM system.WP4 System Factory Acceptance Testing This is a set of tests to confirm the operation of the system meets the specification, carried out by SGS and witnessed by the other partners using the FAT workbook developed in WP1 to record the results of the tests. This work package includes any rework required to ensure all the tests in the workbook are successfully signed off. WP5 System TrialThis will test the operation of the coordination solution with simulated balancing system requests under different conditions. This will be carried out by SGS and WSP according to the agreed System Trial plan developed in WP1.WP6 Evaluation and DisseminationThis work package, delivered primarily by WSP with input from the other partners, includes an assessment of the performance of the system during the trial, distilling and disseminating the project learning. The project will amend one ANM system but the algorithms developed and the specification of the additional communications will be shared so that they can be adopted by other ANM systems. The modified ANM system is trialled using a test system, rather than a real ANM system to minimise the costs and risks of the project, but a wide range of operational scenarios are used to ensure that the modified system operates effectively. If balancing services and ANM systems are not coordinated then there is a financial impact in terms of NG ESO needing to despatch further services. There is also an impact on the liquidity of the balancing services market if players are wary of signing up to provide services when the operation of ANM schemes may affect their ability to deliver services putting them at risk of contractual penalties. NIA_NGSO0035 analysed the potential benefits of different coordination options. The modification of ANM systems to hold headroom being deployed in this project was estimated to have an annual benefit of £44m across the UK. Developing and testing this upgrade is expected to speed up the adoption of this solution by approximately 18 months and therefore the UK wide benefits from the project are in the order of £70m.  The project objectives are to; Develop the detailed coordination process required to avoid counteraction of Balancing Services by maintaining the headroom on ANM systems and document this is sufficient detail so that it can be used by any ANM system provider to enhance their system.Understand and capture the data exchanges required to support the coordination process.Modify an ANM system and test it using realistic scenarios to show how it would operate in a real-world implementation. Capture and share the project learning.
Abstract This project builds on the NIA project NIA_NGSO0035 which looked at options for coordination between Balancing Services and ANM systems. Without coordination balancing services may be counteracted by ANM increasing balancing costs and reducing security of supply. It will specify, build and test upgrades to an ANM system to enable this coordination under a range of operational scenarios. The project includes specification of new communications between NG ESO and DNOs and will also investigate the potential financial impact under different potential regulatory regimes.
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Added to Database 14/10/22