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Reference Number SPT2004
Title Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC)
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Hydropower) 5%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy) 15%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Wind Energy) 15%;
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Bio-Energy) 15%;
OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
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
SP Energy Networks
Award Type LCN Fund Tier 2
Funding Source ENA Smarter Networks
Start Date 01 January 2013
End Date 31 December 2016
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £7,742,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Low Carbon Generation and Connections
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/Project/SPT2004
Objectives
The main aim of the project is to accelerate the process and time to connect for renewable generation projects.
The key objectives of this project are to:
  • Improve access to connect generation to the network
  • Accelerate the time to connect generation
  • Enable connections to be facilitated around constraints
  • Create an enduring process and learning that can be rolled out across the UK.
This project will create additional value to customers in the form of facilitating and accelerating distributed generation connections through the connection of more renewable generation sources which will offset carbon intensive generation.
Abstract Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC) will facilitate the increased penetration of renewable generation gaining access to the distribution network in a timely manner. This will be achieved by:
  • Empowering customers to make informed choices relating to their connection requirements
  • Apply novel commercial and technical approaches that will create the foundation for future connection options
  • Inform the development of business processes required to facilitate a greater level of renewable generation
  • Build upon the learning developed from previous and existing Low Carbon Network Funded projects to date via collaboration with other DNO partners
The ARC solution will demonstrate this by:
  • Providing stakeholders with a richer source of information, which will inform developers on the potential for traditional or smart connections
  • Facilitating the role communities can play in balancing community generation with local demand
  • Addressing the commercial and technical issues associated with exporting Grid Supply Points (GSPs) and providing evidence to inform the debate on investment strategies of smart solutions, as identified by Workstream 3 of the Smart Grid Forum.
The project has strong support from project partners and other stakeholders as well as internal buy-in. ARC will run for four years but is designed to create an enduring process and learning for future connections.
Publications Progress Report - December 2014 (PDF 1399 KB)
Final Report (none)
Added to Database 15/03/16