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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


Latest video update on the CLNR project

(15 February 2013)

The lastest video update on the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project has been uploaded to Youtube. CLNR is the UK's largest smartgrid project, involving 14,000 homes and businesses and with a budget of £54 million.

This three year project, led by Northern Powergrid, is a collaboration between Northern Powergrid, British Gas, EA Technology and Durham University.

The Durham University team consists of a cross-disciplinary group from the Departments of Geography, Anthropology, and the School of Engineering & Computing Sciences (ECS) and is led by Professor Philip Taylor. The key objective of the programme is to understand how customer and network flexibility can be used to facilitate deployment of low carbon technologies and enable decarbonisation of the UK energy portfolio.

Durham's researchers are leading the societal research as well as the network modelling using the Durham Smart Grid Laboratory. This Lab contains a low-voltage experimental network, to which various low-carbon technologies such as a solar PV emulator, wind turbine emulator, heat pump and electric vehicle charger are connected. The real network can be linked to larger and more complex computer based models using a Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS). This facility, in tandem with conventional computer based power system modelling, is used to acheive the specific research objectives of this project .

This latest video provides an update on their progress to date and features DEIs Prof. Phil Taylor and Dr. Gareth Powells.