Project to target low carbon solution to energy network security

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), Costain and E.ON have joined forces to develop an innovative solution to improve energy security in rural and remote areas.

On 22 July, it was announced that the Resilience as a Service (RaaS) project, led by SSEN, had commenced and will aim to combine battery storage with local energy resources to provide low carbon, cost effective network resilience in response to faults. The RaaS project has secured over £10mn from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition (NIC) and will look to address the necessary technical and commercial aspects in developing the new solution, which will act in response to a fault and return customers to supply.

In 2022, in its second phase, the collaboration – which will run for four years – will look build and operate a pilot project with the first demo-site installed in a remote location in Scotland. This will showcase the solution and provide learnings. In 2024, the project will aim to replicate its learning on a wider scale.

Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks for SSEN, said: “The proliferation of low-carbon technologies is fundamentally changing the way our energy system operates and is managed. This change brings tremendous opportunities, including driving value from local renewable generation and energy storage playing a role in local resilience.  The project focuses on real life application to allow us to mitigate and address any challenges that arise.  RaaS will be a key part in supporting batteries and distributed generation playing an even greater role in the UK’s energy system.”