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Reference Number NIA_SPEN0010
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 25%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 25%;
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
Northern Powergrid
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 December 2015
End Date 01 December 2019
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £2,400,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SPEN0010
Objectives Each discrete Work Package has Objectives: WP 1: Market Design Produce literature review of existing DSO market structures around the world. Create Market Design including: Requirements for new contractual arrangements Incentive scheme Stakeholder responsibilities, financial and data flows WP 2: Technical Solution Design Create Technical Solution Design including: Requirements for the new The project will be considered successful if the aforementioned objectives are realised.
Abstract The operation of the electricity system for the GB System Operator (SO) is dramatically changing. The unprecedented rise of intermittent distributed generation and micro-generation is moving a significant proportion of the UK’s generation mix from a few large transmission connected generators to thousands of devices scattered throughout the distribution network. While a few of the larger distribution connected generators require Transmission Entry Capacity (TEC) and join the Balancing Mechanism a significant proportion do not. The cost of integrating a small generator to the Balancing Mechanism is exactly the same regardless of size and this represents a significant barrier to participation. With less of the generation capacity visible and controllable to the SO at a time when demand profiles are changing, reducing and becoming less predictable due to micro-generation the challenge of system operation is increasing. The challenges are well documented in National Grid’s System Operability Framework and are felt in increasing system operation costs. This is a consequence of greater system services being required but available from an ever decreasing population of the generation mix.SP Energy Networks’ Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC) project has examined the interaction between distribution and transmission networks. Whilst the project has been successful in accelerating the penetration of renewable generation via the use of Active Network Management (ANM), it has also highlighted the need for coordination, visibility and control of all assets connected to the distribution network. Without control by one entity i.e. the DSO, an uncoordinated approach has a real effect of adversely distorting the balancing mechanism. Whereby National Grid as National System Operator may instruct a distributed generation resource to reduce output however the ANM under the GSP would see this as available headroom capacity and allocate as appropriate thus the net effect being zero however by having one entity controlling all distribution network assets and facilitating a local balancing market this can be avoided, enabling a more efficient energy balancing system as well as opening up the market to a greater number of actors. EVOLUTION will develop a sustainable model for balancing services to; provide a market for greater energy storage & demand side response services under a Grid Supply Point (GSP) as well as minimising the curtailment of renewable generation. EVOLUTION will implement local system balancing throughNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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