Mar 2013
Electricity Distribution
Scottish Power Advanced Research Centre (SPARC)
IFI 0615
Mar 2013
SP Energy Networks
SP Energy Networks Innovation
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Innovation Funding Incentive
High Voltage Technology
Three workstreams have been proposed:

  • Asset Engineering: Field based activities, concentrating on the technologies used to gather and interpret data then control and manage individual assets

  • Asset Strategy: Office, desktop, PC based analytical activities including the analysis of data, concentrating on underlying trends of asset populations (from asset ageing to network performance)

  • System Development: Forward looking network design activities considering the connectivity between the assets. It should consider both the medium term (5 years) and longer term trends (>10 years), which will affect the design of the network (e.g. load, generation, standards, regulations, Ofgem incentives/penalties).

A number of related projects will be developed within each workstream.

The project will investigate the following areas:

  • Asset Engineering research stream focuses on methods and technologies that enable better use of individual assets

  • Asset Strategy research stream focuses on methods and tools that enable better management of populations of assets

  • System Development research stream focuses on analytical techniques that provide SP with better capability to plan and design the power system.