Smart Street project well underway
In November 2013, Electricity North West was granted funding from Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund for the £11.5 million 'Smart Street' project. By combining innovative technology with existing assets, Smart Street aims to make networks and customers’ appliances perform more efficiently. Another key target is to make it easier to adopt low carbon technologies directly onto the electricity network - such as solar panels, electric vehicles and heat pumps.
Kelvatek’s newly developed controllable switching devices, the WEEZAP and LYNX, developed in collaboration with our project partner Electricity North West, are currently being integrated into the network management system. This will be the first demonstration in the UK of a fully centralised low voltage network management and automation system.
To meet government carbon reduction targets we all need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels like gas and petrol and move to renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The demand for electricity could double by 2050 which will have a significant impact on the electricity network.
Kelvatek are excited to be a key player in such a progressive project and we look forward to seeing this evolve into a much greener and more reliable network for all.