By Andrew Jones
Last month, S&C officially announced its strategic partnership with The University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), which was opened by Scotland’s First Minister on the 15th May.
We’re very excited to be a part of this initiative—the PNDC is the first center of its kind in Europe, and provides a purpose-built platform for researching and developing state-of-the-art electrical transmission, distribution and generation innovation. The center aims to de-risk smarter solutions for tomorrow’s power networks, accelerate emerging technologies towards commercial deployment of power technologies and facilitate research into the electricity solutions of the future. Home to researchers, engineers and industry specialists who are developing new innovative technologies from advanced grid control schemes to intelligent sensor systems, the 900-square-meter facility is equipped with high quality, innovative control and simulations systems and is home to a real-life, reconfigurable distribution network which may be operated in isolation from the main grid.
S&C is investing approximately £100,000 worth of equipment in the PNDC, including our IntelliRupter® PulseCloser and PureWave® Community Energy Storage (CES) units. The CES units the PNDC is deploying will enable the trial of various battery chemistries by the PNDC to determine what is optimal for a given energy storage application. As well as providing the technology, S&C’s Mike Meisinger will also be serving as the PNDC’s Technical Board Representative.
Here at S&C, we are dedicated to helping the UK transition to the low carbon economy, and this is just our latest initiative in helping the nation to deliver electric power efficiently and reliably. We want to help the UK maximize existing grid assets, and assimilate distributed generation and demand technologies.
S&C has a long track record of supporting our industry and our partnership with the PNDC further demonstrates our commitment to assisting the application of new technologies in the sector. Power networking is undoubtedly a fast growing market and the key to a low carbon economy. This project will really put the UK at the forefront of delivering technologies in this space. With the PNDC having been established in response to growing demands for more efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly electrical networks across the globe, S&C represents the international interest in the cause, which will only continue to grow.
About Andrew Jones
As Managing Director of S&C Electric Europe, Andrew Jones is responsible for the strategy, direction and execution of activity in Europe. In 2008 he was integral in setting up the European business and has overall responsibility for building the business in these markets. Andrew Jones has exceptional technical knowledge in the energy sector, specializing in smart grid technology, and has published over 30 papers and he has been involved as a BEAMA, British Standard, CIGRE and IEC bodies.