Aug 2013
Electricity Distribution
Smart Power Distribution
Aug 2013
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
LV & 11kV Networks
This project, which is partly funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), builds on learning obtained in the LCNF Tier 2 funded 'Low Carbon London' project in which Active Network Management and Demand Response activities are being assessed to understand their suitability as well as the opportunity available for DNOs.

The learning obtained within the Low Carbon London project has indicated that the existing commercial opportunities for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, particularly small scale units, limits their ability to provide ancillary services.

The project description as stated in the abstract from the TSB submission is as follows: 'This Active Virtual Power Plant Combined Heat and Power proposal will combine commercial aggregation and active network management, link demand and supply utilizing clusters of small CHP generators, and integrate both heat and electricity into a multi-mode energy Virtual Power Plant (VPP) that will provide the potential for greater provision of low carbon energy with limited capital investment'.

This project will investigate technical developments required to enable the control functionality needed for CHP systems to participate in VPP activities.

The project will examine the potential realisation of benefits from the many distributed energy resources embedded within the distribution network. These could include network voltage regulation, peak lopping, and load index improvements.