CIRED 2013: Coordinated voltage and power flow control in distribution networks
UK policy is expected to lead to continuous increases in low carbon technology penetrations, including loads such as heat pumps and electric vehicles and micro-generation such as solar photovoltaic and combined heat and power.
This is likely to pose significant changes on the voltage and power flow in the LV networks and consequent challenges for network devices, infrastructure, and Distribution Networks Operators (DNOs). With these issues in mind, Ofgem has instigated the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) to facilitate investigation into the impact of LCTs on the GB electricity system. The largest project funded by the LCNF is the Customer Led Network Revolution (CLNR).
Four typical networks have been chosen for trials of different combinations of smart grid network interventions and supervisory systems. The results from trials are analysed at Durham University to investigate the value of the network interventions and supervisory control with particular reference to their capability to accommodate high penetrations of low carbon technologies.