Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks explores network flexibility market models

Opus One Solutions announced that Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has tapped it to develop solutions for flexibility market models.

Opus One will develop and deploy two flexibility market models: a Neutral Market Facilitator (NMF) and a Whole System Coordinator (WSC).

The Neutral Market Facilitator platform will be deployed for buyers and sellers of flexible electricity sources to register their requirements and capabilities. The Whole System Coordinator platform will integrate SSEN system data from a variety of sources to quantify the requirements for network flexibility across different timeframes. Together, these tools aim to support the deployment of more cost-effective flexibility markets to maintain network integrity, and to provide an alternative to traditional network reinforcement.

The solutions will be used as part of a market trial program over the next three years to test and demonstrate the functionalities and requirements to support the transition of Distribution Network Operators (DNO) to Distribution System Operators (DSO) and local flexibility markets. The key learnings from these demonstrations will be used to implement future solutions for a smarter flexible energy system.

The live demonstration will help the UK move a step closer to its stated goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, said Opus One.

A smart, flexible electricity grid could help the UK cut carbon more cheaply, saving up to £40bn between now and 2050, according to according to research by the Carbon Trust and Imperial College London, which was commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

“We are delighted to lead a project that is anchored by SSEN and which looks to the future of electricity markets for decades to come” said, Hari Suthan, Chief of Strategic Growth, Opus One Solutions. “This project offers a first of its kind solution in building the necessary infrastructure to enable flexibility markets and movement from network operators to system operators”

“Working with Opus One Solutions provides an exciting opportunity to test flexibility and coordination solutions which will help shape how we can best meet energy demand,” said Brian Wann, TRANSITION Project Manager at SSEN. “As part of TRANSITION, it will help us understand which approach works best for the most efficient energy system architecture and coordination.”

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