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Smart grid project informs electricity industry standards update

A new report brings the opportunity to revitalise network planning standards A leading UK smart grid project, the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) has published important new learning that could help inform and update UK electricity industry network planning standards ACE49, ETR130 and G59. The four-year CLNR project, which came to an end in December 2014 was principally funded by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund, and aims to kick-start the radical change electricity networks need to make the low-carbon energy sector a reality.

The new study, Review of the Distribution Network Planning and Design Standards for the Future Low Carbon Electricity System, draws on the mass of data collected during the CLNR’s real-world study into current and emerging load and generation characteristics….

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CLNR control system put to the test

One of Europe's most sophisticated active network management systems, known as the Grand Unified Scheme or 'GUS' has been deployed for the Customer-Led Network Revolution project.

Leading UK smart grid project, the Customer-Led Network Revolution trialled the system across two main test sites in the Northeast of England, to ascertain how the system could be usd to actively manage the electricity distribution network constraints as we…

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Industry stakeholders to review findings on smart grid research

Leading UK smart grid project the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) has embarked on a phase of industry consultation after the project’s close at the end of 2014, following four years’ work from the project team seeking innovative ways to support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.

The result, a rich body of work with far-reaching results from trials with real customers on real networks, is undergoing peer review by expert stakeholders. An industry consultation event on 5 February 2015 is giving selected stakeholders the opportunity…

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Could energy storage prove to be a ‘silver bullet’?

The benefits of electrical energy storage (EES) are widely acknowledged: many energy industry experts and the likes of former Climate Change Minister Greg Barker consider the technology to be a potential “silver-bullet”.

As the UK moves towards a low-carbon future – adopting more renewable energy sources and increasing the electrification of heating and transport to meet UK government carbon reduction targets, EES could help maximise electricity networks’ capacity, decrease carbon emissions…

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New results and recommendations from the CLNR project

New datasets have been released by The Customer-Led Network Revolution project, showing the performance of various network technologies trialled on the project, alongside new proposals and updated information to inform network planning standards.

Over a four-year period, the CLNR project has been assessing the effectiveness of a range of network technologies. The aim of these network trials was to explore smarter alternatives that would utilise existing assets more efficiently and defer or…

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Smart grid project releases new data on consumer energy consumption

New data that shows the electricity consumption and generation patterns of more than 12,000 UK customers has been published by the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR).

Domestic and business customers were monitored over a two-year period to produce industry-leading research into current, emerging and possible future electricity load and generation patterns.

Thousands of the customers taking part in the project had smart meters which provide accurate…

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Are solar PV owners in the dark about the value of the power they generate?

The CLNR project investigates whether solar PV owners would benefit from using more of the energy they generate instead of exporting it back to the grid.

New academic research has shown that UK consumers with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology are often too focused on the financial benefits of selling the electricity they generate back to the grid when they could be using more of it…

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Customer Case Study: Solar PV with in-premises balancing trials

There’s a new breed of energy consumer not only ready to tackle their bills but to go one step further with innovative ways to embrace home electricity generation. With the help of the Customer-Led Network Revolution, ‘Energy Citizens’ are leading the way.

Sheffield technology teacher Paul Johansson, 53, has always been interested in generating his own electricity, but in the past found it prohibitively expensive to buy and install. Now, he and his family are taking part in the largest smart grid…

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GUS goes live on CLNR test networks

The Customer-Led Network Revolution has achieved a major project milestone. Two key test bed networks in Northumberland and Darlington are now being fully monitored and controlled by the active network management system developed for the project GUS (Grand…

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Engineers of the future visit smart grid site

International engineering students from Newcastle University’s campus in Singapore have visited the Northeast to see first hand, one of Europe’s most influential smart grid projects.

Through the university’s Overseas Immersion Programme, 61 students studying Electrical Power Engineering were invited to…

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