In January 2017, Carbon Co-Op started installing smart meter extension (SMX) devices within the Nobel Grid project. The first building SMX is installed at is a business centre forming part of the Lancaster Cohousing development.
The whole development is supplied by a private microgrid connected to the wider electricity grid via its own substation and as such provides an excellent test bed for Nobel Grid. The co-operative tenants are interested in maximising the use of generated electricity on site and avoiding peak demand charges in order to maximise income from their renewable assets but are also keen to investigate the supply of excess clean renewable energy to other local users connected on the local public electricity grid.
A low-cost extended smart meter extension (SMX) for the prosumers is one of four different elements newly developed in the project. It serves as a pivot point for data transmission, handles wide-area networks access to the prosumer’s local area components, serves as a firewall for the prosumer, and allows for extension with third-party smart home applications.
The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) of the University of Strathclyde is presently installing a 540 kVA Triphase system to extend the centre’s Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) capability. The Triphase system will be operational and ready for project utilisation in February 2017.
The Triphase system can be operated in AC and DC modes of operation, it has an AC voltage range of 0-480V and a DC voltage range of 0-1300V. For measurement and control the Triphase system has a fibre optic interface to the PNDC Real Time Digital Simulator.
You can find out more about the centre’s capabilities here.
The ISGAN Glossary is a project of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), a multilateral collaboration between governments to advance the development and deployment of smarter electric grid policies, practices and systems.
The Glossary utilises OpenEI’s collaborative, wiki-based platform to collect and organize definitions of smart grid concepts from a variety of high-quality international sources, and to make them freely accessible to policymakers and the public.
You can find out more and add smart grid definitions here.
The new ETIP SNET Research & Innovation (R&I) Roadmap 2017-2026 provides the system view to the entire energy transition by addressing a scope larger than smart electricity grids. It also encompasses interactions with the gas and heat networks and focuses on integration of all flexibility solutions into the power system, including energy storage technologies.
You can access the entire roadmap document here.
Find out more in the original press release.
At the 7th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED) in Niagara Falls (CA) on 24-28 October, 2016, Ron Brandl of Fraunhofer IWES won the best poster award for the poster “Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Studies for Transmission Network Stability Behaviors”.
The poster presents the prospects of Power-Hardware-in-the Loop (PHIL) systems and, in particular, two possibilities in testing and studying network stability behaviours:
- Global network stability studies including Hardware-under-Test (HUT)
- HUT testing for more realistic network events
In early 2017, Fraunhofer IWES is set to receive its own test field for offshore wind turbines.
Construction work is already under way and the first measurements and tests will begin in spring.
Comparison of field survey results with data obtained on the large-scale test rigs will significantly expand the opportunities for further optimisation of measuring and testing methods as well as risk mitigation for new turbine designs. Fraunhofer IWES´ research project has a total budget of approx. € 18.5 million and will make a considerable contribution to both quality assurance and cost savings in the wind energy industry.
You can find out more in the original press release.
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