Modular Substations Provide the Flexibility Needed for a Net Zero UK
- Sep 13, 2021 8:19 pm GMT
In a bold demonstration of how the U.K. is leveraging innovations to meet its net zero targets, National Grid announced in May 2021 that the U.K. would be the world’s first example of the use of large-scale modular power technologies. The multinational electricity and gas utility set out plans to install modular technology at several of its substations in the north of England.
Modular substations offer increased efficiency and flexibility. They are an important component in achieving a balance between the schedule and load/generation constraints needed to meet demand. This will be particularly crucial as the U.K. increases its reliance on renewable energy while demand for electricity continues to rise. The unpredictable nature of renewable energy sources, combined with changing consumption habits, will necessitate new and flexible transmission and distribution infrastructure to meet demand and effectively utilise the energy generated.
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