Schneider Electric helps future proof UK grid

Schneider Electric has launched a project to bring power protection to customers in the North West of England. It is part of Electricity North West’s £5.5 million ‘Respond Project’ backed by Ofgem’s Low Carbon […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Schneider Electric has launched a project to bring power protection to customers in the North West of England.

It is part of Electricity North West’s £5.5 million ‘Respond Project’ backed by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund.

Schneider Electric will install a tool in the distribution network company’s control room, helping future proof its grid and securing power supply for more than five million people.

The Fault Level Assessment Tool is expected to ‘intelligently’ manage fault currents, helping boost capacity on electricity networks, reduce disruption and lower costs for customers, according to Schneider Electric.

It will also increase support for local low carbon generation.

Barrie Cressey, Smart Grid Director at Schneider Electric said: “Some days renewable power provides 20% of our energy mix but the next day it can drop to next to nothing. As our networks become more complex, peak demand increases and more renewable sources are introduced, the ability to dynamically adapt network configurations for efficiency and protection is crucial.

“As a partner, not just a supplier, in this project, we’re immensely excited to explore new methods of improving distribution networks and enabling Britain to fully exploit the potential of renewable power. More intelligent use of the resources at our disposal is a crucial factor in the decarbonisation of our electricity industry.”

The project will run until October 2018.