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Reference Number NIC_ESOEN01
Title Black Start from Distributed Energy Resources
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
National Grid ESO
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2019
End Date 01 April 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £10
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid ESO (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.001%)
Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIC_ESOEN01
Objectives The project is a three-year programme (Jan 2019 Mar 2022) that will develop and demonstrate new approaches to enabling Black Start services from Distributed Energy Resources (DER).Case studies on the SP Distribution (SPD) and SP Manweb (SPM) networks will be used to explore options and then design and test solutions through a combination of: detailed off-line analysis stakeholder engagement and industry consultation desktop exercises real-life trials of the re-energisation process.
Abstract Black Start is currently a transmission-led approach of starting large generators and energising a skeleton transmission network.Our electricity system is undergoing a revolution driven by decarbonisation and decentralisation, and Black Start services need to evolve accordingly.The key problem that Distributed ReStart aims to resolve is how to bring the organisational coordination, the commercial and regulatory frameworks, and the power engineering solutions together to achieve Black Start from DER.Distributed ReStart explores how Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in Great Britain can be used to restore power in the highly unlikely event of a total or partial blackout of the National ET System.Examples of distributed energy resources (DER) include: natural gas turbines biomass generators embedded hydro-power stations wind turbines solar panels. More information can be found here: project website
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Added to Database 14/12/22