UKPN to trial Faraday Grid self-balancing network

Faraday Grid is to partner with UK Power Networks to trial its autonomous, self-balancing network, which can be installed within an existing electricity grid.

Comprising a network of independent Faraday Exchangers, it is designed to automatically smooth the intermittency and volatility of renewable generation, increasing the amount of renewable generation a grid can carry.

The  first Faraday Exchangers will be deployed in UK Power Network’s existing London network for live testing in spring 2019. The testing will assess the impact of the Faraday Grid on the network, such as improving capacity and avoiding more costly infrastructure upgrades. Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation at UK Power Networks said: “We have recognised that Faraday’s technology has the potential to be transformational for distribution networks and the wider energy system. The technology is aligned to our ambition to become an energy platform business. We are delighted to be the company’s lead UK partner for testing and demonstrating its impacts in a distribution network.”

Further reading:

Faraday Grid wins support for grid management technology – read New Power’s interview