Smarter Grid Solutions, a U.K.-based smart grid technology company, is opening its first U.S. office in Summer 2013. The office, which will be based in New York City, is a response to interest in the solutions the company’s Active Network Management technology can provide to urban and rural grids in North America.
The company was identified as one of Bloomberg’s New Energy Pioneers in 2012. Its products are already used in Europe, coordinating and controlling distributed energy resources, and managing congestion on transmission and distribution grids
Power companies across the U.S. and Canada have welcomed Smarter Grid Solutions’ expansion into the North American smart grid technology market and the company is in early stage discussions regarding several innovative trials of its Active Network Management platform and associated software applications.
Smarter Grid Solutions’ approach to Active Network Management introduces a new autonomous layer of high-precision grid management technologies to enhance access to capacity in the existing grid. This enables power companies to tackle grid constraints, integrate more distributed energy and respond to growing demand for electricity in a more affordable, timely and sustainable way than building new grid infrastructure. As a result, power companies can defer or postpone grid reinforcements and capital expenditure, while providing quicker and cheaper connections for generation and demand customers.
Smarter Grid Solutions is a partner and advisor in several smart grid deployment projects. These projects include:
Orkney Smart Grid: connecting higher volumes of renewable generators to an “at capacity” grid. (Delivered for electricity distribution operator, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.)
Low Carbon London: connecting increasing volumes of distributed generation to a congested urban grid. (Installation in progress with electricity distribution network operator, U.K. Power Networks, supported by industry regulator Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund, following competitive funding win in 2010.)
Flexible Plug and Play Power Networks: enabling cheaper and faster integration of renewable generation into the grid via a scalable, flexible and interoperable architecture that can increase capacity across a wide geographical area. (Installation in progress with U.K. Power Networks, after winning Low Carbon Networks Fund support in 2011.)
Northern Isles New Energy Solutions: creating a low carbon network on the Shetland Isles by tackling constraints of power flow, voltage, system stability and system balancing to integrate energy storage, demand-side management and renewable generators. (In development with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.)
Accelerating Renewable Connections: creating a smarter distribution network in the East Lothian and Borders region of Scotland to provide quicker and cheaper connections to the electricity network for small-scale and community-based renewable energy projects. An initial trial Active Network Management scheme to control new demand and generation has been installed in partnership with ScottishPower Energy Networks, funded by the 2012 Low Carbon Networks Fund. The scheme will extend during 2013 to manage demand in up to 750 Shetland homes.