A Sampling of Smart Wires Global Impact - 2019
From our Smart Wires family to yours, thank you for a wonderful year and we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. We look forward to continuing our journey with you as we open a new year and a new decade.
As we wrap up the year, we thought we’d recap a few of our many projects from across the world to give you a feel for what we’ve been up to. By pursuing projects like those highlighted here, these leaders of the energy industry are showing true commitment to their customers and a cleaner future.
National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET), England
NGET recently awarded Smart Wires a five-year framework agreement for modular power flow control technology. This will help decarbonize the UK by enabling greater volumes of renewable power to be efficiently transferred to customers. NGET will proceed with five installations in 2020, which are anticipated to increase boundary capabilities by 1.5 GW.
UK Power Networks, England
Smart Wires is proud to partner with UK Power Networks on the LoadShare project. This award-winning deployment solved a critical pinch point in southeast England without disruptive new cables or a new substation. LoadShare has saved UK Power Networks’ customers £8 million and freed up 95 MW of network capacity – enough to power 45,000 homes – in an area that was previously closed to new generation connections.
Australia embraces power flow control
The Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) draft Integrated System Plan (ISP) features power flow control as one of the pillars of their approach to network augmentation. By increasing transfer capability of existing transmission assets, this class of technology can provide significant benefits in previously constrained regions. Roughly one quarter of the planning regions feature a project which explores power flow control and these projects are facilitating 500 MW – 8 GW of market impacts. Three Smart Wires projects will go live next year.
Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO), Greece
IPTO sought to enhance and accelerate the integration of renewables into its system. IPTO deployed Smart Wires’ Mobile Modular Power Flow Control technology. This trailer-based solution is optimized for rapid deployment and easy redeployment. After a highly successful 8 months on the Greek system, the unit will soon move to the Bulgarian transmission system, where it will also improve renewable integration. This project is part of FLEXITRANSTORE, a Horizon 2020 consortium, funded by the European Union.