The pioneering NIC (Network Innovation Competition) Ofgem awarded Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) project addresses the complex conundrum of maintaining the 50 Hz frequency stability as newer technologies such as wind farms and solar come online.
The heart of the issue is that traditional large, rotating power generators provide lots of inertia (the resistance of an object to any change in motion), which acts as a natural aid in achieving frequency stability - a vital licence obligation. The increase of renewable energy technologies introduces challenges to system stability as they do not provide inertia. The ensuing increased risk of rapid changes to frequency could lead to severe faults or blackout. As a result, we'll require a greater volume and speed of frequency response to keep the system stable. The end consumer savings benefits are being analysed as part of this project.
NIC EFCC proposes a more sustainable and cost-effective way of doing things by investigating how renewables - such as wind farms, solar PV, energy storage and demand-side response (DSR) - can play a larger role in maintaining system frequency. Read on to find out more about how National Grid will provide the fast frequency response of the future.
The project was awarded £8.5m through Ofgem's NIC at the beginning of 2015.
Tuesday 14 March
Strathclyde University, Technology Innovation Centre
Designing a future of fast frequency response
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Ofgem has supported National Grid Electricity Transmission's 2014 NIC project submission for Enhanced Frequency Control Capability.
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