Project FALCON, led by Western Power Distribution, aims to investigate how new 11kV network techniques work in practice and, by simulating their use in different scenarios, will determine the best ways to manage the network problems expected to arise from increased low carbon technologies and generation. Traditionally, new generator connections and increased demand for electricity have been handled using reinforcement which can be costly and disruptive. Six alternative techniques (four engineering and two commercial) will be analysed using;
Aston University is assisting WPD and other partners with modelling and analysis of the four engineering techniques:
Traditional reinforcement may be the most appropriate technique in some cases. The alternative techniques may be more effective where used in combinations with each other. Adopting a wider range of techniques would allow WPD to be more flexible in meeting the challenges arising from adopting low carbon technology to the benefit of their customers.