Leading renewable energy specialist, Narec Distribution Energy (Narec DE), is working with the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) to host a free workshop focused on providing expertise on connecting renewable energy and battery technologies to the electricity grid.
Taking place on Thursday 20th September at ORE Catapult’s world class testing facilities in Blyth, the workshop is open to businesses, SMEs, sole traders and researchers operating in the field of storage, smart grids and renewables.
The event is designed to help delegates understand and avoid various problems related to connecting various systems to the grid, and is primarily designed as a Q&A session. Delegates are encouraged to bring questions with them based on problems they are experiencing within their own schemes. Topics to be covered include grid codes and the coming changes next year, common issues and the best ways to work with Distribution Network Operators.
One of Narec DE’s major specialities is in the grid connection of wind, solar and battery farms, and it has provided services for a range of SMEs, large companies and local authorities over the past seven years. Currently, Narec DE is working on the grid connection of several >50MW battery farms.
Speaking about the upcoming event, Bryan Dixon, Senior Electrical Design Engineer at Narec DE, who will be speaking at the event, said: “We’re proud to be offering this workshop alongside ORE Catapult. We know about the common issues that can arise when trying to connect to the grid and are we always looking to share our expertise with businesses working in the industry.
“The range of industry experts and academia speaking at the event will provide important information to the companies attending. The question and answer section of the event will be especially beneficial as it will allow us to really go into detail about the issues most businesses face when it comes to grid connection. I would recommend that people attending come prepared with questions that they would like addressed to really make the most of this free session.”
This workshop is being run as part of the eGrid project, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project that has enabled ORE Catapult to install one of the world’s most advanced Grid Emulation Systems at its centre in Blyth.
Speaking about the opportunities on offer at the event, Stephanie Mann, Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult said: “We’re pleased to be hosting this event with Narec DE to provide local companies with the opportunity to improve their knowledge about connecting to the grid. We will be introducing our state-of-the-art eGrid system discussing the opportunities for local companies to get involved. It is a great opportunity for companies to gain knowledge of our world-class facilities, expert business support services and technical specialists.”
Established in 2012, Narec Distribution Energy was formed by the UK National Renewable Energy Centre. Based in Blyth, Narec DE offers strategic, technical and training services within the renewable and low carbon sectors.
ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy and helps to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.
To register for the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grid-emulation-system-egrid-grid-connection-workshop-tickets-49686732354?aff=eac2