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Reference Number NIA_NGET0191
Title EPRI Research Collaboration on Grid Planning (P 40)
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 July 2016
End Date 01 May 2017
Duration 10 months
Total Grant Value £2,225,276
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_NGET0191
Objectives The purpose of the grid planning programme is to address the following primary areas: Model Development, Validation, and Management: develop computer simulation model for HVDC and dynamic load behaviour together with methodology to validate these models. Develop new risk based analysis methods and tools that can be integrated with existing planning processes such that uncertainties in the planning environment are assessed and understood. Special Planning Study Methods and Tools especially for evaluating the impacts of harmonic distortion: further development of existing analysis tools for FACTS and HVDC related devices Progress for each P40 work package is expected during 2016. However, because this is ongoing research, not all of the packages will be completed or produce significant publications in that time. The success criteria are that most, if not all, of the set of deliverables will be achieved.
Abstract National Grid recognises that there are parallel challenges within the field of electricity transmission globally which are more economically investigated and addressed through collaborative learning and knowledge generation among key industry stakeholders. The Electric Power Research Institution (EPRI), with its wide international membership, plays a valuable role in identifying and delivering innovation projects aimed at addressing many of the challenges faced by electricity industry participants, including Transmission Network Owners and System Operators. Traditional power system planning methods and tools are becoming less effective in today’s power system environment. Transmission owners and operators not only need to plan for future demand growth and increasingly uncertain generation portfolios, but also to provide transmission services from generation resources that include significant portions of variable generation (VG) technologies that are often remote from load centres and have significantly different dynamic behaviour from synchronous generation. The challenge of meeting reliability requirements with the changing landscape and increasing levels of uncertainty may necessitate adjusting and augmenting transmission planning criteria and methods. This research programme 40 (P40) on Grid Planning is to support the development and validation of planning study models, planning processes and frameworks, and reliability assessment analytics that will be required to build a reliable and economic transmission grid that integrates and uses an evolving generation mix to supply an increasingly complex load that can also act as a system resource. EPRI is a non-profit organization which facilitates a variety of research projects within the electricity industry. These collaborative projects bring together scientists, engineers and academic experts in the industry to help assess recognised challenges within the field. EPRI’s approach in managing collaborative projects is beneficial to National Grid and our customers, providing valuable information, learning and knowledge which would be more expensive to formulate on an individual basis. By participating in a given EPRI programme, National Grid not only contributes resource to a much wider portfolio of work, we receive the results of that work and are able to directly influence the detailed content and priorities of a programme through attendance at steering groups, known as Area Councils. On an annual basis National Grid’s asset and system specialists review the portfolio of proposed projects for the coming year that have been identified by the expert task forces at EPRI as being of common value to members. This annual portfolio review includes an overview of the project’s research value, the approach and alignment of objectives with the needs of and priorities specifically for the GB Electricity Transmission Network. Each project that is selected for National Grid to participate in is further reviewed and ultimately approved by a panel of representatives from across the main directorates within National Grid. This review has identified that membership of P40, the Grid Planning program, in 2016 will be of value. Associated with programme 40 (P40) are the following three research projects which are key to address the above challenges that National Grid is facing today: P40. 016: Model Development, Validation and ManagementP40. 022: Incorporation of Risk Analysis into Planning ProcessesP40. 023: Special Planning Study Methods and ToolsNote : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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