Mar 2013
Electricity Transmission
Quantifying Benefits and Risks of Applying Advanced Network Control and Demand Response Technologies to Enhance Transmission Network Performance
Mar 2013
National Grid Electricity System Operator
National Grid TO Innovation Team
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The electricity industry is undergoing a period of rapid change across all sectors. New generation technologies, unprecedented volumes and more remote locations. In addition demand characteristics will change, and new transmission system technologies are being constructed to absorb these changes. A full understanding of the impact of the changes and the potential benefits and risks associated with new technologies is needed, to ensure efficient development of the transmission system.
The research will inform and develop tools for the business to establish the benefits and risks, in quantitative terms, of adopting complex control methodologies in place of traditional reinforcement techniques. The project will run as three concurrent work-streams (PhDs):

  • Workstream A will identify strategies for using advanced network control systems to improve system flexibility as alternatives to system reinforcement and constraints. The costs and benefits of each strategy will be determined

  • Workstream B will develop methods for understanding the impact on system resilience (SIL assessment) of the use of more complex control schemes, including higher levels of inter-tripping. The method will provide quantitative measures to allow relative comparisons of a range of network development options

  • Workstream C will provide information about current and developing demand management technologies. It will identify the extent to which they can be used to benefit system design and operation, and identify optimum levels of penetration.