Power Networks Demonstration Centre validates performance of Faraday Grid technology
Faraday Grid system vastly increases capacity to integrate renewables onto electricity grid
The UK’s leading power research and demonstration centre, the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (“PNDC”), has for the first time independently validated the Faraday Grid Exchanger technology developed by energy technology company Faraday Grid Limited (“Faraday Grid” or “FGL”).
Over the past weeks, the PNDC has completed a series of tests on Faraday Grid’s Exchanger technology, examining its performance in voltage regulation, power-factor correction and power-quality control. PNDC has independently confirmed that Faraday Grid’s Exchanger technology delivers its intended capabilities in these areas. These results come just a few months after Faraday Grid’s first live global demonstration of the Faraday Exchanger at the company’s launch event in Edinburgh last December.
Andrew Scobie, Founder and CEO at The Faraday Grid, said: “We’re delighted that the Faraday Grid Exchanger has been tested against the highest standards in the sector, and found to deliver. As we move towards commercial deployment, we’re excited to be working with world leading researchers at the PNDC to bring our revolutionary technology as quickly as possible to market.”
No other technology under development can deliver the range of capabilities that Faraday Grid’s Exchanger technology offers. Wide adoption of Faraday Grid’s technology across an energy network or grid system could significantly improve power quality and reliability, increase equipment lifetimes and reduce required capital investment in mitigation technologies.
“The validation that the Faraday Exchanger can regulate power flow paves the way for substantially higher levels of renewable generation than can currently be tolerated in electricity networks.”
Faraday Grid’s Exchanger technology is a patented energy system that can be integrated into existing electrical architecture at no net cost and is more resilient to cyber attack. The company is partnering with global utilities in order to deploy the world’s first Faraday Grid.
Edinburgh-based Faraday Grid has also become a member of the PNDC, which will see Faraday Grid and the PNDC further refine and develop the Faraday Exchanger technology as it moves towards commercial deployment.
The membership agreement with the PNDC is a commitment between leading researchers at the PNDC and technical experts at Faraday Grid to work together over the next three years to bring the Faraday Grid Exchanger technology towards commercial deployment. The next steps in this process will see the technology undergo further development, and testing its performance in a PNDC trial scenario. In due course, this will lead to field trials and commercial deployment.
About the Power Networks Demonstration Centre:
The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is a unique facility playing a leading role in the transition towards a “smart” grid and the acceleration of low carbon technologies.
The PNDC is fundamentally a research, demonstration, and deployment centre for emerging technologies with a view to reaching commercial deployment.
This is achieved by offering a realistic and controllable testing environment, helping to de-risk potential solutions before connection to the grid.
As part of the University of Strathclyde, the Centre was founded through collaboration between both public and industrial partners. As a leading international technological university, Strathclyde’s research capabilities and long-standing industry partnerships are helping to develop the next generation of electrical power systems technologies.
To find out more visit the PNDC’s website at www.pndc.co.uk.