Locamation Strikes Pilot Installation with SSE
Locamation starts cooperation with Scottish and Southern Energy Power
Distribution for Primary Substation Automation
HENGELO, Netherlands -- October 04, 2012
Locamation, a developer and supplier of independent Smart Grid automation
solutions, is delighted to announce that it has entered into an agreement to
conduct a pilot with the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) Scottish and
Southern Energy Power Distribution, one of the largest power distribution
networks in the UK.
The objective of the pilot, which runs under the umbrella of the Innovation
Funding Incentive (IFI), is to provide increased understanding and control of
the network condition whilst helping to prepare for a low carbon economy.
David MacLeman, Future Networks and Policy Research and Development Manager of
SSE stated the following: “SSE has chosen Locamation's SASensor technology as
it has the potential to provide many advantages over traditional substation
protection solutions. Both capital and operational expenditure costs can be
reduced. At the same time the remote monitoring facilities and the flexibility
of the substation's protection and control systems will be improved. This
should allow SSE to operate a more dynamic and efficient network that can
benefit all customers."
The pilot, currently scheduled to run for one year, will equip one primary
substation with Locamation’s “SASensor HMV” which enables measurement and
monitoring of grid patterns, protection and control at a medium voltage level.
The IFI was established by Ofgem and primarily aims to encourage network
operators to apply innovation in the technical development of their networks.
It also offers funding to encourage operators to deliver value (eg. financial,
quality of supply, environmental, safety) to consumers.
Locamation’s COO Pascal Bleeker commented: ‘We are delighted to enter this
pilot with SSE – a leading energy company in the UK - and to help them prepare
for the transition to secure more reliable, affordable and sustainable energy
supplies. Locamation has 40% contracted market share in Dutch HMV substations
with SASensors operational in more than 60 primary substations of the largest
DNO in the Netherlands. In the UK we have had installations running at
National Grid for more than a decade. Following the recent choice by WPD and
UKPN to use SASensor technology for their secondary substations I hope this
pilot in the primary substation of SSE is the beginning of a long standing,
comprehensive and successful partnership.’
The existing infrastructure of grid distribution networks requires extensive
upgrades in order to efficiently balance supply and demand and to improve
stability and minimise power interruptions. In order for DNOs to employ the
right measures for efficient grid operation, new technology must be deployed.
The “SASensor HMV” is a flexible solution which digitises primary substations,
allowing DNOs complete web based management and local protection of their
networks with full remote data collection and monitoring including support and
training for the installation. Locamation will supply the SASensor HMV
solution with common automation applications like Monitoring, Protection and
Control. Thanks to the intelligent system architecture, future requirements
and functionalities can be easily implemented with software upgrades at a
Notes to Editors
About Scottish and Southern Electric
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) is responsible for
maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.5 million homes and
businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of
Scotland. It owns one electricity transmission network and two electricity
distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of
overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK.
SSEPD's first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity
to the communities it serves in Scotland and England.
Locamation, located in Hengelo, the Netherlands, is a developer and supplier
of independent proven Smart Grid solutions and Smart Grid automation related
products and services to public and private network operators. Locamation aims
to be a leader in providing smart Smart Grid solutions and is committed to
delivering sustainable and cost competitive technology. Locamation is backed
by independent venture capital firm Yellow&Blue, who specialise in development
stage clean energy investments and Alliander, who specialise in energy
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