UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
LV & 11kV Networks
Driven by consumer demands and cost drivers, DNOs are looking to
make their networks more active. The use of automated switching,
remote sectionalising, distributed generation, demand side integration
and storage elements will allow network operation to become more
flexible and more responsive to system conditions, which will increase
the complexity of network operation, forcing system operators to be
more active and make more operational decisions.
The project developed new methodologies to enable formal
understanding of the criticality of different operational configurations
and the accuracy with which network parameters must be specified.
In addition, it illustrated the value of an explicitly predictive indicator of
the suitability of proposed changes in system operation.
The aim of this project was to develop algorithms for calculating the
risk to satisfactory network operation from the continued use of the
elements of a distribution system. The calculations take into
consideration significant levels of uncertainty surrounding both the
condition of the individual assets and the overall configuration of the
network. The measure of risk may characterise network performance
in the near future.