Power Systems Challenge: register your interest

Published: 2 October 2017

The Energy Systems Catapult, in collaboration with the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) in Strathclyde, is calling for SMEs to take part in preliminary network testing in a key challenge area identified by the Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) programme.

The aim will be to test an SME solution to one of five key FPSA challenges (below) and to demonstrate the capability and behaviour of the network in response:

  • To provide monitoring and control of those parts of the system under active management, including network assets, demand, generation, other energy resources and ancillary services.
  • To identify and protect, on an ongoing basis, against cybersecurity threats to the operability of the power system which originate from inside and outside the power sector. Detect and respond to existing, new and unforeseen cybersecurity incidents promptly as required.
  • To plan for the timely restoration of supplies following a prolonged local failure (Cold Start)
  • To provide the ability to move between different modes of overall operation in the event or threat of a system emergency.
  • To plan for the timely restoration of supplies following a total or partial shutdown (Black Start).

The ESC, PNDC and the selected SME will work in collaboration to identify the FPSA functions that the solution addresses and propose a method for validating the performance of the solution. After the testing, the aim is to disseminate a report of the test regime identified and its suitability for evaluating the FPSA function. Pending agreement from the SME the results from the testing will be included in the final report.

Registration has now closed.