EirGrid SmartValve Pilot Project Report

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.

EirGrid Names Smart Wires an Innovator

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Smart Wires’ client, EirGrid, has a webpage about innovation where they share with their customers how they work with innovators like Smart Wires to enhance the power system of the future. EirGrid is involved in a range of exciting projects that are at the interface between their customers and the power system, and Smart Wires is at the top of that project list:

“One of our innovation focus areas is to explore utilizing the existing transmission infrastructure rather than building new lines. In Waterford we have trialed Smart Wire’s Powerline Guardian device to control power flows with real-time sensing capabilities. From this we are moving to deploy distributed series reactance (DSR) type technology for a full deployment by 2018. This will allow us to better utilize the capacity of existing lines which long term will help reduce the need for future new infrastructure.”

EirGrid Begins Type Registration Test of Smart Wires PowerLine Guardian® Technology

OAKLAND, Calif. – EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator, has begun type registration testing of Smart Wires PowerLine Guardian™ technology in Portlaoise, Ireland.

Upon successful completion, the PowerLine Guardian™ technology will be included in the toolbox of technology options available to EirGrid, to assist in the operation of the transmission network. EirGrid is the first utility outside the United States to evaluate the product in this manner.

The PowerLine Guardian™ technology is designed to allow utilities to solve congestion issues, manage power flow and provide real-time data and analytics on transmission and distribution grids. The units are installed on overhead line conductors and limit the electrical current flow on the line by injecting magnetizing impedance. They can be operated autonomously or with full operator control.

“We are delighted that EirGrid is testing our PowerLine Guardians™ on its networks,” Smart Wires CEO Jim Davis said. “We anticipate working with EirGrid to identify where our technology can improve and harden these networks and maximize the value of existing assets. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial arrangement with EirGrid.”

“Using new technologies that drive long-term value for customers is vital to the energy system of the future,” EirGrid CEO Fintan Slye said. “The PowerLine Guardian™ is a simple concept that makes better use of spare capacity in parallel lines. EirGrid expects that working with Smart Wires and our partners will realize this potential. From this small start, I anticipate further collaboration with Smart Wires.”

About EirGrid

EirGrid is a state-owned company that operates the transmission network in Ireland and owns SONI, the systems network operator for Northern Ireland. EirGrid operates a total of 6,500 km of overhead transmission lines at voltages of 400kV, 220kV, and 110kV. For more information, please visit www.eirgrid.com.

About Smart Wires

The first-of-a-kind Smart Wires PowerLine Guardian™ technology converts an existing transmission line into a dispatchable Smart Wire. This breakthrough technology allows power to be shifted away from overloaded lines and onto underutilized lines, thereby reducing congestion and ensuring reliability of the network. The resulting grid is lower cost, more resilient and capable of accepting higher penetrations of renewable energy. Smart Wires serves national and international customers in the transmission and distribution industry, including network operators, vertically integrated utilities and transmission owners. For more information, please visit www.smartwires.com.

 

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