Traditionally, distribution networks have been operated as passive networks with uni-directional power flows. With the connection of increasing amounts of distributed generation, these networks are becoming active with power flowing in two directions, hence requiring more intelligent forms of management. The report into issues for access to electricity networks published by the Ofgem/DTI Embedded Generation Working Group in January 2001 called for new work in the area of active distribution network management. The report suggested an evolution from the present passive network control philosophy to fully active network control methods. In line with these recommendations Econnect is developing a new type of distribution network controller, called GenAVC. GenAVC is a controller for electricity distribution networks that aims to increase the amount of energy that can be exported onto the distribution networks by generating plants. The UK is leading the world in electricity de-regulation and one aspect of this is the increasing demand for the connection of distributed generation. Active distribution network management is seen to be essential for networks to accommodate the levels of distributed generation that are predicted for 2010. The work being undertaken as part of this project is therefore at the forefront of international network management technology.
|Place of Publication
|Department of Trade and Industry
|Number of pages
|Published - 2005