Hitachi ABB Power Grids to contribute towards UK’s zero-carbon future

Hitachi ABB Power Grids to contribute towards UK’s zero-carbon future

According to reliable sources, Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched the Phoenix project, a year-long trial of the first-of-its-kind hybrid solution, in Scotland. The company is expected to revolutionize United Kingdom’s electric network by offering a smooth transition from conventional energy generation to renewable power.

The Ofgem NIC (Network Innovation Competition), developed by electricity regulator of the United Kingdom, Ofgem, has funded the Phoenix project which began in 2018. It is also worth mentioning that Hitachi ABB Power Grids has teamed up with Technical University of Denmark, the University of Strathclyde, and SP Energy Networks to deliver an innovative hybrid solution, sources claimed.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has deployed a 275 kV (kilovolt) substation on SP Energy Network transmission grids near Glasgow, Scotland. The project partners will now assess the installation’s performance for over a year.

Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Niklas Persson, was reported saying that the company’s hybrid solution combines existing technology along with an advanced control system. This will allow for a stable and reliable energy supply while complementing U.K.’s carbon-neutral future, he added.

In fact, this innovative technology is likely to greatly contribute towards United Kingdom’s zero-carbon future. The project is estimated to contribute a collective savings of around 62,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to electricity usage in over 6,000 homes.

For those uninitiated, Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ innovative solution combines traditional power generation technology with electronics and hybrid control. The outcome is a system that can offer improved short circuit control, better spinning capacity, and faster reaction.

The solution can absorb or inject energy into the network in order to maintain the voltage level within the necessary limits. Sources confirmed that it will also offer a spinning reserve for a short period of time until other resources including BEES (battery energy storage system) or a reserve generator is brought online.

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