One of our partner EirGrid’s innovation focus areas is to maximize use of existing transmission infrastructure where possible. In Waterford, Ireland they have trialled Smart Wire’s Guardian™ technology to control power flows with real-time sensing capabilities. From this they are moving to deploy distributed series reactance (DSR) type technology for a full deployment by 2018. This will allow them to better utilize the capacity of existing lines which will help reduce the need for new infrastructure in the long-term.
SmartValve™ is an innovative device from Smart Wires that enables real-time power flow control on grids. It uses series compensation to increase or decrease reactance of a line, which causes power to be pushed away from or pulled onto the line. Please click here for a report that describes a ground-breaking pilot SmartValve project that EirGrid has conducted in association with Smart Wires.