Network operators visit pioneering Northern Powergrid site in Darlington

More than 50 learn how Northern Powergrid is leading the way with innovative new technology

Energy Industry experts from around the UK during their recent visit to Darlington
Energy Industry experts from around the UK during their recent visit to Darlington

Electricity distribution network operators from across the UK have visited Darlington to hear how a North East-based project is helping Great Britain move towards a low carbon economy.

More than 50 attendees were told how the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) – the largest smart grid project in the UK – is trialling a range of innovative new technology that could enable greater uptake of renewables and low carbon technologies like electric cars and solar panels.

Northern Powergrid is leading the CLNR project, working collaboratively with British Gas, EA Technology, Durham University and Newcastle University.

Dr Liz Sidebotham, who is involved in the initiative, said: “This is a hugely important project for the GB electricity industry and at our recent event we were able to showcase some of the ground-breaking work we are doing in this region.

“Northern Powergrid is the network operator for the Northeast and Yorkshire, but there are several other network operators across the UK, who are responsible for keeping the lights on and ensuring electricity networks are fit for purpose.

“This event was designed to share some of the knowledge we have gained so far, helping our peers make informed decisions about the changes they can make to cost-effectively facilitate the low carbon transition.

“We’re thrilled that so many of our energy industry colleagues were able to join us.”

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