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  • Welcome to the Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) Project

    As new generation technologies come online, such as wind or solar, we face challenges in maintaining the 50 Hz frequency stability on the transmission system which we are required to keep. Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) is a three year project, led by National Grid, designed to find a resolution to this challenge.

    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 maintaining frequency stability. Renewable energy technologies introduce challenges to the system stability as they do not provide inertia, meaning they cannot help maintain system frequency. The increased risk of rapid changes to frequency could lead to faults on the electricity network. As a result, we'll require a greater volume and speed of frequency response to keep the system stable. 

    With industry and academic partners, National Grid is trialing an innovative wide-area monitoring and control system (MCS). The new system will obtain frequency data at a regional level. Being able to do this at a regional level will provide our control room operators with the accurate, real-time information they need to react much faster to changes in the grid and ensure the necessary actions are taken to re-balance the system. It will also allow more informed network decisions, such as determining the most cost effective mix of frequency response across the transmission network.

    The project was awarded £8.5m through Ofgem's Network Innovation Competition (NIC) at the beginning of 2015, and we are due to complete in March 2018. 

  • NIC EFCC Dissemination Event

    Tuesday 14 March

    Strathclyde University, Technology Innovation Centre

     
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      Title:  What we're doing and Why
      Sub Title: Streams
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      Designing a future of fast frequency response
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      Designing a future of fast frequency response






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      Title:  Who is involved
      Sub Title: NIC EFCC partners
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      National Grid partners with expert industry resource providers
       
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      National Grid partners with expert industry resource providers

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      Title:  Energy Network Association (ENA)
      Sub Title: NIC EFCC Project details
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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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      Ofgem has supported National Grid Electricity Transmission's 2014 NIC project submission for Enhanced Frequency Control Capability.


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      Title:  Work packages
      Sub Title: The stages of EFCC
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      Monitoring and Control System
      <br>Assessment<br/>
      Optimisation
      <br>Validation<br/>
      Dissemination
      <br>Commercial<br/>
      Communication
       
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      Monitoring and Control System
      Assessment
      Optimisation
      Validation
      Dissemination
      Commercial
      Communication

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      Title:  Reports and presentations
      Sub Title: Coming soon
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      Coming soon
       
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      Title:  Archive
      Sub Title: Our Stories
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      Our List of previous stories 
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      Our List of previous stories






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