The Department of Industry1 wrote in 2005 that active fault level management will
help distribution network operators to quickly connect customers’ low carbon demand
and generation and at a lower cost than traditional reinforcement.
By combining innovative technical and commercial solutions with existing assets, the
FLARE project will make that vision a reality.
FLARE utilises an intelligent Fault Level Assessment Tool coupled with two novel
technical solutions and a revolutionary commercial concept. This commercial concept will benefit customers by establishing a new market in which they can participate to solve network fault level issues.
The Fault Level Assessment Tool provides a platform from which a range of innovative fault level mitigation techniques can be adaptively controlled. FLARE will actively monitor demand and generation on the network, continually assess the fault level and automatically enable one of the innovative techniques when necessary. This is the first time that fault level will be actively managed on 6.6kV, 11kV and 33kV networks.
Combining existing assets and innovative solutions in this way will accelerate the
uptake of low carbon demand and renewable generation, avoid the need to replace
expensive switchgear and cables prematurely and deliver savings to all distribution
The FLARE Method releases the same capacity as traditional reinforcement but up to
18 times faster and at much lower cost – up to 80% cheaper – potentially saving GB
£2.3 billion by 2050.