Northern Powergrid Funding Company

10/30/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/30/2019 06:08


Northern Powergrid unveils and updates on it latest and brightest innovation projects at 2019 Energy Networks Association Low Carbon Networks and Innovation (LCNI) conference.

The company, which keeps the lights on for 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is fielding four speakers at the ENA led conference next week - contributing to industry leading dialogue across a breadth of topics. At the centre of all Northern Powergrid's conversations is its plan to become a Distribution System Operator, as it takes on greater responsibility to manage the local electricity system and ensure safe and reliable power to households and businesses.

Delegates at the event will be able to hear from some of the leading thinkers at Northern Powergrid:

Thursday 31 October

  • 11.30am: Iain Miller, Northern Powergrid's Head of Innovation, and Chris Artist, Northern Powergrid's Design Engineer, both talk about the use of innovative web-based self-service tool for small-scale connections built on investment in digitisation of mapping and asset information.
  • 11:30am: Ross McFarlane, Northern Powergrid's Innovation Project Manager, talks about the use of electric vehicles equipped with a large battery instead of diesel generation for supporting Low Voltage customers during outages.
  • 2:30pm: Andrew Webster, Northern Powergrid's Innovation Project Manager, speaks about Microresilience, the project which investigates the use of innovative power electronics combined with storage and renewable generation to provide improved network resilience for rural and other remote customers.
  • 2:30pm: Jim Cardwell, Northern Powergrid's Head of Policy Development talks about the Open Networks Project, the major energy industry initiative that will transform the way our energy networks work, underpinning the delivery of the smart grid.

The Northern Powergrid's stand will update, from the sneak preview given last year, on the company's Silent Power project which sees electric vans with on-board energy storage systems quietly and cleanly restore power to customers who may become vulnerable during a power cut or essential maintenance work. Up to three homes or a small community centre could be powered with just one van for 24 hours - even longer if those homes have domestic solar generation. Training was completed earlier this year and the first vehicle will be on the streets of Northern Powergrid's operating area this month.

The stand will also have information about other Northern Powergrid innovation projects including Foresight, the low voltage pre-fault recognition and management project which improves understanding of indicative pre-fault behaviour and the development of management options for LV cable networks.

Visitors can also find out about Northern Powergrid's new LV budget estimating tool, the Distributed Storage and Solar Study and Northern Powergrid's Microresilience project which look at smart opportunities to improve resilience which will prevent customers' interruptions with the use of battery storage and distributed generation.

Visit: for more information on Northern Powergrid's innovation programme.