National Grid will run the project in partnership with energy experts GE Grid Solutions, Centrica, Flexitricity, Belectric, the Universities of Manchester and Strathclyde, Dong Energy and Siemens.
All of our partners have made a significant financial contribution to the project and they'll provide support in the following ways:
Power giants GE Grid Solutions will develop the project's monitoring and control system. The company has a strategic interest in the field of wide area measurement and control.
Solar power experts Belectric will provide response from their PV power plants and storage facilities. They'll contribute knowledge and practical solutions to realise the project's goals concerning battery- and PV-based frequency regulation, virtual inertia and collaboration of different response providers.
Multinational utility business Centrica will play a dual role in the project, providing response from both large-scale generation (Langage and South Humber Bank combined cycle gas turbines) and wind farms (Lincs and Lynn or Inner Dowsing).
Leaders in demand-side management, Flexitricity will recruit customers from industrial and commercial sectors for a demand-side response (DSR) trial. The company will also deploy its proprietary control and communication solutions, providing local interface points for the MCS on customers' sites, and will monitor and operate the DSR trial.
These institutions will provide academic support, testing facilities, system studies and expert knowledge. A big focus for them will be on results validation and sharing the learnings from the project.
Dong Energy and Siemens are concentrating on wind turbine trials to demonstrate the capability of a windfarm to provide fast, initiated frequency response and the associated costs of doing so.