Developing and Implementing Smart Grids

Smart Grids can be used as a tool to unlock significant benefits, either as a temporary or long term solution. When suitable Smart Grid techniques are applied in the right areas, it has been shown to speed up access to the network and / or reduce costs for customers. These techniques can also be used by businesses behind the meter on their private networks to facilitate change, save money, improve security and make the most of the existing electricity network connection.

Why Smart Grids

Electricity network infrastructure has historically been designed and developed for passive power distribution and transmission requirements.  This means that networks are planned for the worst credible scenarios with a fit and forget approach. When trying to integrate significant levels of low carbon technologies (Distributed Generation, Heat Pumps, Electric Vehicles) within passive electricity networks, it can quickly cause technical issues restricting further connections.
Passive networks can be reinforced conventionally (building networks even bigger) or they can be operated actively using Smart techniques. UB Grid Consultancy can help identify what to do, when, how smart techniques should be used and support the roll out. Supporting the Development of a Smart Flexible Energy System with Distribution System Operators (DSO).
Carrying out conventional network reinforcement will increase network capacity. However, there are circumstances where it isn’t very effective, prohibitively expensive or takes too long to plan, design and construct. Smart Grid techniques can provide a quicker and / or more cost-effective way to make the most of the existing assets.

Smart Techniques are increasingly being used when customers can’t wait for the traditional reinforcement to be carried out. Waiting 3-5 years can limit the increases in generation and demand growth across entire areas, having a knock-on impact on climate change targets and economic growth of an area.

Innovative solutions have now been proven to cost effectively increase network capacity or provide quicker options than traditional network reinforcement. UBGC and its associates can help to develop and roll out the solutions in the right areas, which are robust, take a strategic engineering approach and considering the whole system.

Examples include:

  • Network Monitoring and Control
  • Connecting and configuring Energy Storage
  • Connecting and configuring Distributed generation
  • Dynamic Voltage Control
  • Flexible AC Transmission systems (FACTs)
  • Advanced Planning Tools (Times series analysis & Planning)
  • Contingency Analysis
  • Active Network Management
  • Including constraint analysis
  • Reactive Power Control
  • Dynamic and Enhanced ratings