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Reference Number NIA_NPG_020
Title Smart Network Design Methodologies
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Models) 40%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 40%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 20%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Energy modelling) 50%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 50%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Powergrid
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 February 2018
End Date 01 November 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £400,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NPG_020
Objectives The project will aim to build on exiting innovation project learnings in the LV network design based on existing methods and develop smart network design methodologies for EHV/HV and LV with additional input data like substation network monitoring and smart metering based on two test IPSA network models. The project methodologies will look at addressing the challenges like phase connectivity, voltage management and aggregation faced by distribution network operators for smart metering data utilization and understand the impact on accuracy of results. The project methodologies will also look at validating our existing equipment specifications and network design/planning assumptions based on the holistic network modeling of the different voltage levels. The methodologies finally will form a set of requirements for a future functional specification for new power system software. The project will be split in five individual workstreams with some interdependencies as the following: Workstream 1 - Horizon scanning: Will conduct the required literature review to gather learnings from previous and present innovation projects in regards to this project. Selected use cases will be mapped against the requirements of this project and test networks will be identified. Workstream 2 - LV Network Model methodology: Will undertake the model build for the test networks identified previously, addressing the challenges of customer load definition and phase connectivity based on the various data inputs, especially smart metering data. Workstream 3 - Multi-Voltage Level methodology: Will enable a more holistic assessment of the impact of a wide range of network loads/states on power flow and voltages, leading to improved recommendations on voltage control and management. Workstream 4 - Smart Meter Data Analytics: Will define and articulate how data and analytics can assist in dealing with the challenges of utilising smart metering data in network design and planning. Workstream 5 - Novel Analysis technique: Will explore and compare different novel network modelling analysis techniques that could be applied and from this, develop a set of user requirements to inform a future functional specification for new power system software. The objectives of this project are to: Deliver recommendations on improved network EHV/HV/LV network build and holistic network analysis under a range of conditions. Recommendations to improve network planning and design solutions. Recommendations on how to deal with challenges for smart meter data utilisation. Validation of equipment specifications. Creation of set of requirements for future functional specifications of new power system software.
Abstract The present design and modelling tools for LV systems are more simplistic than those used for HV & EHVplanning. This was acceptable when the LV network was load centric but is no longer the case. This project aims to address that deficiency.
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