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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 avoid the need for traditional network reinforcement.

The technologies trialled were Electrical Energy Storage, Real-Time Thermal Rating and Enhanced Automatic Voltage Control at primary and secondary substations. In previous studies, these technologies have been deployed individually and at higher voltages. Data from the CLNR trials will provide new learning for electricity distribution network operators on the effectiveness of these technologies when deployed in combination, in conjunction with customer response and at lower voltage levels.

The datasets have been published on the CLNR website’s project library and are accompanied by a guide.

A new report has also been released that draws upon load and generation profiles published earlier this year, to make important recommendations to update industry standards ACE49, ETR 130 and G59. Such updates would enable network operators to improve the planning and design of low voltage networks and better assess the contribution that distributed generation makes to system security. In turn, this will help keep the cost of new connections and network reinforcement as low as possible, ensuring quality, security of supply and value for money to customers. The full report entitled  ‘Review of the Distribution Network Planning & Design Standards for the Future Low Carbon Electricity System’ can be read, shared and downloaded here

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