Apr 2013
Electricity Distribution
Distributed Generation Planning Software
Apr 2013
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Low Carbon Generation
The purpose of this project was to investigate how to model distributed generation, by using automated interfaces to pass data between the existing EDF Energy Networks Smallworld / Netmap GIS system and a next generation network modelling/analysis tool called DigSilent PowerFactory.

The project identified two candidate interface technologies – one produced by Mettenmeier, and the other produced by ITS. These enabled data transfer between Netmap and PowerFactory. A proof of concept application was developed using both candidate interfaces.

The project discovered that by using this technology, the work of analysing the impact of attaching distributed generation to the network could be much quicker than the current processes used to perform the analysis. It is enabling planners to perform many more analyses and try alternative connection approaches in the same time period. The project also discovered that the Mettenmeier interface was technically superior for this application than the ITS interface. A prototype demonstrator was developed during the project which is used to demonstrate the concepts to EDF Energy Networks and external stakeholders.

To provide a mechanism to develop a DG connection strategy focussed on ease of use.