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Reference Number NIA_ENWL008
Title ATLAS - Architecture of tools for load scenarios
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
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Electricity North West Limited
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source ENA Smarter Networks
Start Date 01 November 2015
End Date 01 December 2017
Duration 25 months
Total Grant Value £600,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region North West
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Electricity North West Limited (100.000%)
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Objectives The ATLAS project will develop the Method to deliver historic estimates and future annual scenarios of asset loading to 2031, and make indicative comparisons of these to thermal capacity. This will provide inputs to network / business planning, information for stakeholders and help fulfil mandatory reporting requirements This project supports four primary objectives. to support efficient decisions about load-related investment in the RIIO-ED1 regulatory period (2015-2023) to justify the plan for efficient load-related investment in the RIIO-ED2 regulatory period (2023-2031) to more efficiently and accurately meet our ‘Week 24’ reporting obligations to National Grid, and support compliance with future restrictions on the operational envelope of GSPs. to provide better information to stakeholders and customers, enhancing customer service. By better understanding current and future loading, this will support the business to only provide necessary network capacity and investments, thus minimising the economic and environmental impact of the networks. Automate correction and analysis of peak and minimum load behaviour across all Grid and Primary substations Deliver a prototype tool for annual P and Q load estimates and indicative capacity assessments across all Grid and Primary substations, including to automate delivery of a wider scope of estimates and scenarios of GSP Connection Group loadings to National Grid in the ‘Week 24’ submission, and for future regulatory reporting required by Ofgem. Amend internal policies accordingly, and specify the business-as-usual approach for Grid and Primary substations Deliver partial prototypes of load estimates and indicative capacity assessments across the secondary network, and specify the future business-as-usual system to be based on the improved load estimates expected to be available from 2018 onwards.
Abstract Loading is the basis of the requirement for distribution network capacity. It thus supports all distribution network investment, either directly or indirectly. Trends in network loading are a combination of demand and generation, and are increasingly uncertain under the transition to a lower-carbon economy. In the last three years we have focused on developing understanding of winter peak loading on the network, and its future uncertainty. However given the modest outlook for peak demand, future load-related investment requirements are likely to be driven not just by changes in peak demand, but also by changes in minimum load / reverse power flows and in reactive power flows. There is increasing focus from National Grid and Ofgem on reporting and forecasting of these changes. More onerous compliance requirements at minimum demand at Grid Supply Points (GSPs) are likely in future based on implementation of the forthcoming European Demand Connection Code, and changes to the Statement of Works process. Our current load analysis and scenario processes do not address these needs, so there is a need to develop automated tools to deliver this wider scope of load analysis, and to do this consistently across all network assets. A better understanding of current and future loading, and how this compares to capacity, could also be used to improve information to connections customers. The ATLAS project is focused on the technical development of improved methods of load estimation, creation of scenarios, and indicative comparison to network capacity, rather than technical or commercial solutions to any loading constraints identified. Phase 1 - Detailed scoping of requirements, plus identification and appraisal of potential methods for correcting baseline data and generating scenarios - 3 - 6 months Phase 2 - Methodology development, including specification and creation / procurement of any new inputs to the future scenarios, a full prototype of the Grid and Primary tool (GSP Connection groups, GSPs, BSPs, Primaries) and partial prototypes of the secondary networks tool - 15-18 months Phase 3 - Specification for final tools - Grid & Primary, secondary networks and any cross-over interface - 3 monthsNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 23/03/18