Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_ENWL016
Title Future Network Modelling Functions
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 Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Electricity North West Limited
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2016
End Date 01 September 2017
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £125,000
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 To produce a report based on; Identified requirements; Strategic assumptions; Scenario modelling; Summary Analysis; Key risks and dependencies This project will be considered a success upon production and publication of a report on the future requirements for system modelling , including a strategy to meet the requirements using both existing and possibly new technologies
Abstract Low carbon technologies and smart grids are asking new, more complex questions of network design and planning. Worst case static load analysis is no longer sufficient with embedded generation, reverse power-flow, time series data, and network solution optimisation now all becoming increasingly relevant. Electricity North West uses models of varying complexity, such as IPSa, DINIS and LV AFFIRM, for planning on our network. These static models operate independently focusing on one voltage level only and individually provide only a limited range of functionality. Learning obtained from innovation projects both in ENW and elsewhere has shown the benefits of modelling across the whole network and has also demonstrated requirements for more advanced techniques, particularly on the LV network, such as 4 wire assessments or harmonic analysis. This project is a research piece to better understand the forward requirements for system modelling, the expected functionality of tools, and the associated data and system architectures. Phase 1 of the project will document the existing challenges/issues/uses around network modelling and identify the new requirements driven by the challenges caused by the introduction of low carbon technologies and the prospect of the role as a distribution system operator. These existing challenges/issues/uses and new requirements will be drawn from the different stakeholders within ENW and will include engineering, IT and business requirements. High level Use Cases will be identified and used to inform the requirements. The output of this phase will be an agreed documented set of as-is and to-be requirements. Phase 2 will continue the development with a strategic assessment based on the findings from Phase 1 whilst recognising the capabilities of recent investments e. g. the new NMS and the general direction of other technologies in the market.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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