The Shetland-based Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project has demonstrated that an islands-only electricity distribution system can operate securely with a high penetration of local renewable generation. The five-year £18 million project trialled domestic demand side management (DSM) and large scale energy storage solutions, combined with new monitoring and control systems to manage the electricity network on the islands. Together, these elements made up one of the most advanced active network management systems in the world. Thanks to the learnings gained from NINES, similar systems are being rolled out elsewhere to help the transition towards low carbon networks and realise smart grids.
Scottish Energy News 7th June 2017 read more »