Power project triumphs at Tech Awards
Published: 24 May 2019 - Carly Wills
A joint project between UK Power Networks and National Grid ESO emerged a winner at the National Technology Awards.
The ‘Power Potential’ project, an innovative new service to enable more distributed electricity generation across the South East of England, won IoT Project of the Year category.
The project is a new initiative to open a world-first reactive power market so generators connected to the UK Power Networks distribution network can provide services to National Grid.
The major project to boost network capacity, mostly through renewables, was announced in the summer of 2017 and has been designed to reduce the cost of connecting to the network.
‘Power Potential’ is creating the technical and commercial infrastructure for a world-first regional reactive power market with trials starting this month.
In the longer-term, the project could save energy customers over £400m by 2050 and generate an additional 3.72GW, equivalent to powering 1.8million homes, in the South East of England.
Rita Shaw, UK Power Networks project manager for ‘Power Potential’, said: “This is excellent recognition for what has been and remains a real team effort with National Grid to benefit customers.
“Collectively our focus now is setting up and running this year’s trials for an innovative project we believe will make a substantial contribution to our industry and therefore also help customers.”
UK Power Networks delivers electricity to 8.3 million customers across the East of England, London and the South East.
The company recently claimed two silver awards at the UK National Contact Centre awards and was a winner at the Procurement Skills Accord awards hosted by Energy & Utility Skills.