Electricity North West Limited
Electricity North West Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Comms & IT
The aim of this project is to develop an 11kV communications test network using Power Line Carrier (PLC) to explore the potential for a wide area active data gathering system to support real time control of the potentially constantly changing operational parameters of the distribution network. The University of Manchester (UoM) have developed a range of network control algorithms, for example using state estimation techniques based on wide area measurement to optimise transformer On Load Tap Changer (OLTC) settings. The data generated from the trials will be used to verify existing network models to allow both an operational and economic analysis.
The overall objective of project is to gather data from the 11kV and 415V distribution networks using power line communications technology to support the future implementation of active distribution network systems and Distributed Energy Systems (DES). The project will use a Power Line Carrier (PLC) system to identify the key aspects regarding the design and implementation of a prototype PLC system specifically designed for use on an electricity distribution network and then analyse the resulting data against a range of criteria. The project will be divided into three stages; prototyping and installation, optimisation and data gathering and analysis.