Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has been appointed as a key partner in Electricity North West’s Quest energy project, which aims to free up network capacity for more than 2GW of clean energy assets in the UK, saving over £250m.
It will drive forward the use of active network management, using its distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) software to create an overarching system to manage voltages and balance centralised and decentralised energy control systems.
It will work in partnership with Electricity North West, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Schneider Electric. The project has been awarded £8m through the Network Innovation Competition.
Net zero aims
SGS’s DERMS technology connects and manages clean energy producers and low carbon technologies to the grid, moving both the grid and the market towards net zero carbon emissions.
According to SGS, the project will enable coordinated control and optimised management of network capacity for the development and connection of low carbon generation and new load demand. As it has the capability to be further rolled out to other UK and international energy providers, the scalability of the project highlights the level of ambition and innovation required to tackle the climate emergency.
SGS’s involvement in Quest marks a significant milestone for the firm, which is now supplying its DERMS products to all six of the UK’s distributed network operators (DNOs). SGS is also working on clean energy projects in the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and, most recently, India.
“This is the start of an important relationship that will see us work with key partners to deliver this groundbreaking integrated control system to optimise and coordinate network and low carbon technology operations.,” said Graham Ault, executive director at Smarter Grid Solutions.
“There are a number of core features of this project that are crucial for the development of an efficient, clean and secure electricity system, from interoperability between customer equipment, all the way to the UK’s system operation and coordination across several different sources of network and customer flexibility. For this project, we are providing the digital solutions essential to enable the large scale of adoption of clean energy in the UK, and globally, in the coming decade.”
Andrew Wainwright from National Grid ESO said that developing a voltage management and fully coordinated control system which can be scaled and replicated marks a significant step for the industry in achieving net zero carbon emissions targets.
He added: “It is important that we continue to innovate and create new solutions to future-proof the electricity system. Quest will further the ability of the whole electricity system to quickly and efficiently deploy low carbon technologies at the scale required to solve climate challenges.”