Western Power Distribution (WPD), a distribution network operator in the U.K, will install five Durathon 100 kWh energy storage systems during Q3 2013 as part of “Project FALCON” (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimized Networks), a four year project led by WPD.
The project is partially funded through the U.K. Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (Ofgem’s) Low Carbon Network Fund and aims to develop a new computer-based modeling tool to identify the best way of delivering investment on the network.
The system will be able to identify the most cost effective smart or conventional way of delivering additional network capacity to facilitate the U.K. Low Carbon Transition Plan. One of the smart methods being trialed is energy storage.
The project will be the first time that GE Energy Storage has integrated its Durathon energy storage system with a distribution management system (DMS) in the European market. WPD plans to install 100 kWh systems at five of its high voltage substations in Milton Keynes, located 45 miles northwest of London.
During the trial, WPD plans to use the Durathon systems to enhance network efficiency through voltage support, improved power quality and electrical noise reduction. The energy storage systems also are expected to help WPD defer expensive network upgrades.
Western Power Distribution is the electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West regions of the United Kingdom. The company delivers electricity to more than 7.7 million customers over a 55,300 square kilometers service area. Its network consists of 216,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables, and 184,000 substations.