Scottish Power Energy Networks wins £20m innovation funding in UK grid competition

Smarter Grid Solutions pylonsTwo innovation projects designed by Scottish Power’s Energy Networks division to help deliver a smarter electricity network for consumers have been successfully awarded funding as part of an OFGEM competition.

‘Project Fitness’ (Future Intelligent Transmission Network Substation) aims to deliver a state-of-the-art digital substation design.

This will use digitised measurement for protection, control and monitoring instead of traditional copper wiring and conventional measurement equipment. Successful delivery of this project will reduce future costs associated with new and replacement substations while reducing environmental impact and land requirements.

A total of £8.3 million has been awarded by OFGEM for the project, which will be delivered in partnership with GE Grid Solutions, ABB, Synaptec and Manchester University.

The other project – ‘Angle DC’ – will demonstrate an innovative network reinforcement technique by converting an existing AC (alternating current) network on Anglesey to DC (direct current) operation.

Successful delivery of this project will enable additional power from renewable energy to be exported from Anglesey on the existing distribution system. In addition, there is significant potential for this technology to be used by electricity distribution companies across the country to create additional network capacity and help manage network performance: £13.1 million of funding has been awarded by OFGEM.

Colin Taylor, Director of Engineering Services, SP Energy Networks, said: “We believe that both of these projects can deliver significant benefits for the electricity network in Britain. Continued technical and commercial innovation is critical if we want to meet the major energy challenges facing the UK. “

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