Scottish University supports DNOs through transition

Image: Site plan of the PNDC site from PNDC

University of Strathclyde researchers have created a Centre to help DNOs maximise the opportunities of transition to DSOs.

The Glasgow-based university, which helped establish the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), has created a research project to support DNOs in leveraging the benefits of transition to DSOs.

The research is a collaboration between academics and the industry itself and includes a recent investigation into gaps and opportunities in DNO innovation, forming part of the ENA’s Open Network Project. The Centre’s findings were used to inform the Network Innovation Competition’s broader appeal for creators and innovators to support future energy sector developments.

Highlighting the challenges of transition, including renewable energy, storage and demand side response, the PNDC is creating a DSO testing platform to support operational developments around networks flexibility and distribution, using real-time assessment.

The platform will be the latest addition to a suite of on-site systems and services including an HV/LV network, fast data acquisition system and control room.

Fundamentals is one of the latest organisations to join the PNDC, along with sync and timing solutions company, Chronos.  Fundamentals’ Technology Director, Dr Vincent Thornley, explained the decision to become part of the Centre team: “We have had a developing relationship with PNDC for some time now, including making use of the excellent test facilities, and we’re delighted to be making this next step as an associate member.”

He added: “PNDC has a relevant programme of research for power networks and with our problem-solving approach we would like to be a key part in that.”

PNDC Research and Design Engineer, Han Xu, claims: “These assets, partnered with our collaborative research programme, provides our members with the only comprehensive site for supporting and accelerating solutions for future DSO requirements.”


Image: Site plan of the PNDC site from PNDC