The University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) has boosted its collaboration with industry after signing an agreement with leading smart grid solutions company Locamation.
Locamation, based in the Netherlands, is a leading innovator and developer of substation automation solutions and becomes the latest high-profile member of the world class research centre.
This collaboration will enable PNDC to develop, demonstrate and test new substation automation algorithms within the unique 11kv/LV network – defining and executing research, development and demonstration projects that will help shape the electricity industry of the future.
Professor Graeme Burt, of the University’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, said:
“Having watched the development of Locamation and its products over the last few years, we are delighted to welcome them as members at PNDC.
“The incorporation of Locamation systems within the PNDC facilities, will I am sure enhance the excellent testing ground for innovative network technologies, supporting rapid integration of solutions, from primary plant to control room monitoring and control.”
Pascal Bleeker, COO from Locamation added:
“Getting the chance to work with the PNDC is a perfect and logical next step for Locamation.
“Both the innovation and business focus of the PNDC will bring us excellent feedback on where the industry is heading for. We are very happy we can enable, with our open platform, a community of grid companies, universities and technology providers for the benefit of more reliable and efficient use of electricity for the society.”
Locamation joins PNDC as a tier two member, joining S&C Electric and Omicron. Tier one members are Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.
With their smart system architecture Locamation are able to supply universal solutions that contribute to better grid planning, improved quality of supply and process efficiency improvements, all of which will contribute to keep energy supply affordable, sustainable and reliable.
Locamation received significant interest from the marketplace in the open platform concept, and has received requests for new algorithms in both in the UK and overseas. Working with Locamation, PNDC will be able to develop and test new network solutions and thus contribute to a number of exciting new trialling and deployment projects.
Together, the world class experts, members and facilities will allow the centre to play a key role in accelerating emerging technologies towards commercial deployment and de-risk smarter solutions for tomorrow’s net.