Ambient Corporation is conducting a trial of its Power Quality Monitoring application and energy sensing equipment under the Low Carbon Networks Fund, which is overseen by the UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) and run by UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), Western Power Distribution, and UK Power Networks. The purpose of the trila is to evaluat Low Voltage Current Sensor Technologies to determine how they can assist the network operators in running their grids.
Ambient president and chief executive officer John J. Joyce says, “We are delighted to be selected to participate in this project, as it represents a significant step forward for Ambient as we venture into new geographies with great potential. By deploying our communications platform with our internally developed software applications, DNOs can perform real-time current and voltage sensing, generating valuable data for the monitoring of their distribution networks and substations.”
The Power Quality Monitoring Application is part of Ambient’s Smart Grid Communications Platform, which permits multiple smart grid applications and can use a variety of communications simultaneously.
Roger Hey, Western Power Distribution’s Future Networks Manger, notes, “Ambient’s participation in this project, along with others, will ensure that we have a clear understanding of the technologies available for Low Voltage Network monitoring. This will provide essential data allowing for greater visibility of the Low Voltage Network and, subsequently, facilitate smart networks.”
Future Networks UK Power Networks’ Head, Dave Openshaw, adds: “The predicted future growth in numbers of electric vehicles, heat pumps and micro-generation means that Network Operators will need much greater visibility of power flows and voltage quality on our low voltage networks. We are therefore happy to be working with Ambient and other sensor manufacturers to help us evaluate the contribution that current sensor technologies can make towards meeting our future need for critical data.”