Neuville Grid Data chosen partner for key trials at PNDC

Published: 13 December 2017

Neuville Grid Data has been selected to collaborate within preliminary network testing on key challenges identified by our FPSA programme.

Earlier this year, the Energy Systems Catapult and the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) in Strathclyde, launched The Power Systems Challenge, with the aim to collaborate with and test an SME’s solution to one of five key FPSA challenges and to demonstrate the capability and behaviour of the network in response.

Four shortlisted SMEs presented their solutions to an expert judging panel on 6 December and London-based Neuville Grid Data was selected as the partner SME to take the project forward.

Clarke Simmons, CEO of Neville Grid Data, said: “On behalf of Neuville Grid Data and its research partners we’re delighted to be selected as the collaboration partner for the Power Systems Challenge.

“We’re looking forward to getting started on testing our innovative equipment at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre, with assistance from the University of Strathclyde, and we’d like to thank the judging panel in seeing the potential of our solution in meeting the requirements of the FPSA challenges.”

Neuville Grid Data is developing a ground-breaking grid power-monitoring capability.  Its sensor network will collect very high-resolution, time-series data on electric grid conditions using innovative instrumentation that combine synchrophasor and power quality measurements.

The resulting Big Data will then help inform, enhance, and enable power quality management including increased renewable energy generation; new energy storage services; smart grid operations; reduced energy losses; equipment condition monitoring; capital investment and more.

Michael Edgar, Technical Collaboration Manager at ESC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Neuville to benchmark their solutions capabilities and characterise the electronic signatures of primary and auxiliary equipment and power electronic devices.

“Alongside this, it will also allow for practical demonstration of the benefits of the technology’s monitoring capability through the measurement of G59 protection performance (vector shift and Rate of Change of Frequency) in order to better understand frequency events.”

Alan Dunn, Chief Operating Officer at PNDC, added: “Neuville are a new early stage market entrant and they impressed the panel with an innovative commercial model as well as a potentially transformative measurement approach for distribution networks. The PNDC will provide an ideal platform to accelerate their evolution and open opportunities for network trials.”