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Intelligent energy project wins innovation award

A project to research technology that could avoid the need for costly upgrades to the electricity network, has been recognised at the Institute of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards.

From Press releases - 18 November 2016 12:00 AM

A project to research technology that could avoid the need for costly upgrades to the electricity network, has been recognised at the Institute of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards.

UK Power Networks’ £8 million Flexible Urban Networks at Low Voltage (FUN-LV) project won the Power award at last night’s black tie ceremony in London.

The trial has pioneered an entirely new use of power electronics in order to release spare capacity in the electricity distribution network.

A total of 36 locations in London and Brighton were fitted with smart electronic devices that are able to sense when the facility is close to capacity and share the workload with neighbouring substations that are more lightly-loaded.

The equipment, developed in collaboration with Turbo Power Systems, was installed alongside local substations which receive electricity at up to 11,000-volts then reduce it to low voltage for use within local homes and businesses. This equipment ensures that power flows are evened out across the system, increasing the performance and efficiency and helping to improve the network’s response to restoring supplies.

Instead of upgrading an electricity substation, or adding entirely new substations and cabling, when customers need more power (which could take months, incurring cost and disruptive roadworks), electricity companies could use these power sharing techniques to connect new customers, and those requesting more power, quicker and at lower cost. 

The control over power flow that the equipment provides can also help connect more low carbon energy generators to the network.

Peter Lang, senior technology transfer engineer in the innovations team at UK Power Networks, said: “We are delighted on behalf of the team who have worked on the project to receive this award. Making the best use of the infrastructure we have available to us could have tremendous benefits to consumers, helping to keep network costs down and keeping power flowing smoothly to their homes.”

If you want to know more about the FUN-LV project please contact the innovation team on innovation@ukpowernetworks.co.uk