Apr 2011
Electricity Distribution
Voltage Management on Low Voltage Busbars
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Electricity North West Limited
Electricity North West Innovation Team
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LCN Fund Tier 1
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LV & 11kV Networks
£1,490,000.00
The decarbonisation of energy production, transport and heating are expected to result in significant increases in electricity demand and power flows on the Low Voltage (LV) networks. This will increase the likelihood of line voltages moving outside of acceptable statutory thresholds.

This project is concerned with exploring the potential for alternative technical solutions to the management of voltages on low voltage networks, in the face of increased network loads.

The project will concentrate on developing innovative and economic alternatives to traditional network reinforcement, which typically accompanies voltage problems on LV networks. It will seek to deploy a range of voltage management technologies and techniques across 15 distribution substations, which will be assessed in terms of their ability to effectively regulate line voltage in real-time in a safe and economical manner.

In addition to voltage management, the ability of compensating devices to correct for poor power factor will also be assessed. The project will develop understanding of the potential for these alternative techniques to address issues of voltage regulation of low voltage networks in response to increases in loads and penetration of generation, and inform the development of Electricity North West's operating practices.

This project will seek to deploy a range of voltage management technologies and techniques across 15 distribution substations. They will be assessed in terms of their ability to effectively regulate line voltage in real-time in a safe and economical manner. In addition to voltage management, the ability of compensating devices to correct for poor power factor will also be assessed. The focus of the project is to learn about techniques to regulate voltage and avoid future reinforcement requirements, rather than to offset planned spending in the Distribution Price Control Review 5 period.