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Reference Number NIA_NGET0023
Title Quantifying benefits and risks of applying advanced network control and demand response technologies
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 Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2010
End Date 01 October 2013
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £750,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGET0023
Objectives The objectives for this project will run as three workstreams; a, b and c. Workstream a will identify strategies for using advanced control systems to improve system flexibility as alternatives to system reinforcement and constraints. The costs and benefits of each strategy will be determined. Workstream b will develop methods for understanding the impact on system resilience of the use of more complex control schemes, including higher levels of intertripping. The method will provide quantitative measures to allow relative comparisons of a range of network development options. Workstream c will provide information about current and developing demand management technologies. It will identify the extent to which they can be used to benefit system design and operation, and identify optimum levels. The success criteria for this project include: Interim reports annual indicating project progress. Final PhD theses demonstrating key findings of the project.
Abstract The electricity industry is undergoing a period of rapid change across all sectors - new generation technologies in unprecedented volumes and in more remote locations. In addition demand characteristics are expected to change, and new transmission system technologies are being constructed to accommodate these changes. A full understanding of the impact of the changes and the potential benefits and risks associated with new technologies is needed, to ensure efficient development of the transmission system. The use of control technologies will have significant impacts on the way the network is managed in the future. They have potential to reduce the need for difficult and expensive developments such as new circuits, and introducing greater flexibility for the system operator is likely to reduce system constraints. However, as control systems complexity increases, the consequences of their failure become much greater, impacting on system resilience and reliability. This project will undertake work through 3 separate PhDs, under the same supervisor, with strong support from other staffs with relevant expertise, to establish this understanding and to develop strategies to make best use of them. A project board comprising NGET and Imperial College will be established in October 2011 to agree the work plan. It is intended that the project will complete in summer 2013. The project will deliver interim and final reports describing the findings of the work and strategies for the use of technologies. Tools allowing risks and benefits to be assessed will be delivered.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 29/10/18