UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a platform to offer insights into how power flows through local electricity networks in a bid to help renewable energy firms.
On 2 March, UKPN unveiled its “DSO Dashboard” which provides detailed, real-time operational data of each part of its local networks listed by Grid Supply Point (GSP) – the point at which the national grid connects to the regional distribution network. It marks the first time in the UK that operational data has been made available by GSP, as well as the first time that users are able to access real time data on power flow and generation type.
Specifically, the dashboard shows volumes of active and reactive power at each GSP and the trends over time; how much power is flowing through UKPN’s transformers as the power moves from high to lower voltage and into customers’ homes and businesses; and all of the power generators connected to the network, along with how much power they are producing at any one time.
The platform, which is current in beta trial mode, will have new regions, such as London, and more granular data added throughout 2021. It will help renewable energy firms locate new developments by showing where existing wind, solar and battery plants are located, as well as where there is additional capacity available on the network for new connections. Researchers and industry users will also be able to use the data built up over time to test theoretical models using real-world information, with the insights potentially leading to innovative ways of unlocking new capacity on the network.