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Multi-million pound grid research centre opens in Scotland

Power Networks Demonstration Centre at University of Strathclyde

Power Networks Distribution CentreThe University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister today (15 May 2013).

The centre, the first of its kind in Europe, has been established in response to growing demands for secure, reliable and environmentally-friendly electricity across the globe.

The PNDC aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies and convert ideas and research into low carbon solutions for the electricity industry of the future.

The world-class centre is home to researchers, engineers and industry specialists who are developing new research and technologies, from advanced grid control schemes to intelligent sensor systems, in the facility’s controlled and safe environment.

The 900-square-metre building is equipped with high quality, innovative control and simulations systems and is home to a real-life, reconfigurable power network independent from the national grid.

Located in Cumbernauld near Glasgow, the PNDC is a venture between the University of Strathclyde, ScottishPower Energy Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.

Smart grid technologies are increasingly important as Scotland  moves to a low-carbon economy, helping to reduce energy waste and making it easier for homes and businesses to generate their own renewable energy.  This innovative research centre puts Scotland at the forefront of smart electrical technologies and setting new standards in electrical distribution.

 

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