11 Apr AWARDS SPONSOR CONTENT: Power Networks Demonstration Centre
The Smart Grid Accelerator
The Power Networks Demonstration Centre is an innovative development and demonstration facility founded by the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council and founding members Scottish Power Energy Networks and Scottish and Southern Energy Distribution. The Centre brings together academics, engineers and technologists to define and execute research, development, and demonstration projects that will help shape the electricity industry of the future. This amalgamation is underpinned by testing facilities comprising a fully operational distribution network and low-voltage laboratories.
The 13,000 sq. ft. facility comprises of a unique 11kV and LV distribution network environment representative of various network configurations (i.e. urban, rural and hybrid), secure test bays, MW-scale MG Set, dedicated SCADA control room and real-time simulation suite. This affords the pre-commercial testing of HV and LV equipment and secondary control, protection, communications and measurement systems. The centre has a unique frequency and voltage variation capability along with a fault throwing functionality which is useful in validation and development activities.
The PNDC’s purpose is to undertake a range of innovative projects that will accelerate the proving and adoption of new ‘smart’ technologies, from advanced power grids incorporating renewable generation and storage, to electric vehicles and household appliances. Our Tier 1 Members include SP Energy Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, UK Power Networks and Vodafone.
In the first year of full operation PNDC have completed some 36 projects. The projects have spanned the spectrum of technology readiness levels and have been associated with discrete power network issues as well as integrated systems solutions applicable to future and existing power networks.