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Active Network Management enables addition of 8.5MW to the Shetland Islands 9th June

Shetland Islands

A five year trial project on Scotland’s Shetland Islands has shown that large-scale demand-side management and monitoring has allowed the addition of about 8.2MW of renewables to the islands’ grid.

The £18 million (US$23 million) Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project was run by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN).

“Creating flexible demand on the islands through the use of smart technology and energy storage, we have made progress in exploiting and maximising Shetland’s renewable generation potential and reducing the thermal output from power stations,” Stewart Reid, Head of asset management and innovation at SSEN. “This was an important achievement as it will inform the transition to a low carbon economy. It also offered us the opportunity to trial the technology in an environment which could not be connected to the national grid”

The 1MW/3-MWh battery at the Lerwick Power Station was used to help provide stability to the local electricity network and reduce demand peaks.

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