Smart Wires tech to help transfer more renewable power to UK consumers
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Modular power flow control technology provided by US-based Smart Wires will help National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) efficiently transfer greater volumes of renewable power to customers.
In this way, the new technology, supplied by Smart Wires under a five-year framework agreement, will help decarbonise the UK electricity grid.
The technology will allow NGET to boost power transfer capability by improving the use of its existing network. Power flow controllers will enable the electricity system operator in the UK to quickly reduce the congestion limiting renewable power generation.
NGET plans five installations next year, designed to raise boundary capabilities by 1.5 GW in total across three boundaries.
NGET previously partnered with Smart Wires on a number of projects. The latest contract is "an example of our commitment to deliver clean and affordable energy for our customers," David Wright, director of electricity transmission and chief electricity engineer at NGET, said.