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Reference Number SSEEN02
Title Modular Approach to Substation Construction (MASC)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 90%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 January 2015
End Date 01 June 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £3,263,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (100.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/SSEEN02
Objectives SHE Transmission are planning to build a significant number of new substations between now and 2026, which are necessary to: Facilitate the connection of renewable energy generation, and Expand and reinforce the network to create infrastructure which accommodates necessary extra capacity. The objective of this NIC project is to build, deploy and demonstrate a new, permanent substation using a Modular Approach to Substation Construction (MASC). The NIC funding request covers the additional costs of deploying a MASC substation for the first time; the actual substation project cost will be covered using the industrys established commercial mechanisms for connections.
Abstract SHE Transmission proposes to demonstrate and deploy a permanent substation designed using a Modular Approach to Substation Construction (MASC). The current approach to substation construction differs little from that of 60 years ago; meanwhile many innovations in design and civil engineering could create a substation which is cheaper, faster to deploy and more suited to GBs low carbon energy future. MASC seeks to prove the following benefits: Faster deployment: MASC maximises off-site construction so that timescales associated with extensive, on-site civil engineering works are shorter. Improved whole life asset value: MASC substations could offer up to 20% savings over an assets whole life, compared to conventional builds. This equates to 151m to 655m savings across the GB transmission network. Increased flexibility for network configuration: MASC capacity can be easily modified to suit changes in generation plant capacity. Improved environmental impact: MASCs smaller geographical footprint and off-site construction ensure improvements in visual amenity and less disruption to local communities, wildlife and land. The project is expected to last for approximately five years, providing incremental learning and new standards in substation design and operation. Two innovative learning tools will be introduced through the project; a MASC 3-D Virtual Simulation Tool and a MASC Decision Tool. NIC funding is sought to cover only the additional costs of demonstrating MASC for the first time.
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