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• • • NEWS • • •


Network analysis services to deliver decarbonisation across UK electricity grid


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nzen has launched its Network Analysis services – solutions to accelerate decarbonisation and accommodate more renewable energy sources on the grid at lower cost. Using AI and Machine Learning (ML), the Network Analysis services enable Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) to assess, plan and invest in their networks more effectively to meet regulatory requirements.


As more low carbon technologies like wind, solar and storage became available to meet the UK’s net zero ambitions, DNOs and IDNOs need to facilitate the integration of these renewable energy sources on the grid in a sustainable, cost-effective way. To address this challenge, Enzen’s Network Analysis services will enable DNOs and IDNOs to achieve superior modelling, forecasting and resilience analysis of Low Voltage (LV) networks i.e. those at 11kV and <11kV voltage levels, so they can accommodate increasing renewable energy connections more efficiently. The value of the Network Analysis services lies in how they deploy AI and ML technologies to deliver accurate, reliable and efficient data far superior to the manual analysis currently performed by DNO and IDNO network planners. With many of these utilities facing cost constraints due to the challenging RIIO-ED2 regulatory framework, Enzen’s new services come at a critical time. Sanjay Neogi, Head of UK and Europe at Enzen, said: “As calls for climate action rightly ramp-up, the ability to accommodate sustainable energy sources on the electricity grid quickly and efficiently has never been more urgent. “Our Network Analysis services means DNOs and IDNOs will be able to analyse and plan more accurately for a range of scenarios, such as renewable energy connection or electric vehicle charging requirements, which will in turn facilitate quicker connections.”


IDEAL Networks rebrands as TREND Networks


REND Networks is the new name for the leading manufacturer of dependable data cable, network, and CCTV test equipment formerly known as IDEAL Networks. As of the 31st March 2021, the company and brand name has changed to TREND Networks, heralding the start of a new chapter for the business, which was acquired by the incumbent management team and CBPE Capital more than two years ago. “We recognise that our customers need to be confident that our test equipment provides fast, accurate results in all circumstances – even the most difficult ones,” said Paul Walsh, CEO for TREND Networks. “That’s why we have a deeply engrained ‘Depend On Us’ philosophy giving customers the reassurance that we will always provide the performance and support they need.” “Our key commitment throughout this change is to ensure installers can depend on us to simplify, demystify and educate in order to help them become more productive,” says Paul. “Butwhat’s next?’ for TREND Networks. We are continuing to work on bringing a number of innovative and reliable new products and solutions to market and our initial focus is on transforming and modernising the way installers and technicians work, thanks to our cloud-based platform,” he concluded. The company’s website can now be found at the new URL: www.trend-networks.com


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CENTRICA SUPPORTS ARMY WITH FIRST SOLAR FARM C


entrica is set to support the government’s commitment to meeting Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, by installing defence’s first ever photovoltaic solar farm at the British Army’s Defence School of Transport (DST), Leconfield. The solar array is the first of four pilot sites delivered as part of Project PROMETHEUS to increase renewable energy across the defence estate.


Spanning approximately four hectares, Centrica Business Solutions started construction of the 2.3MW solar farm earlier this year. Thirty employees are working on the project, installing 4,248 Trina Vertex panels, which is predicted to supply the DST with one third of its electricity needs. Together, the four pilot sites will result in £1 million in efficiency savings and reduce emissions by 2,000 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) per year. These cost savings will be reinvested into Army infrastructure and help to reach the Army’s ambition of Net Zero by 2045. Major General David Southall, Director Basing and Infrastructure and the Army’s Sustainability Champion, said: “The Army remains wholly committed to play its part in meeting the UK’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. To deliver this, we are working hard to reduce energy demand as well as increase ‘green’ supply across our estate. “Project PROMETHEUS is an exciting pilot which will showcase renewable energy generation across the Army estate. When operational, we will learn from our four pilot sites and scale-up fast across the wider Army estate to help decarbonise the power we use.” Defence Procurement Minister, Jeremy Quin, said: “Project Prometheus is an example of how Defence is actioning its all-encompassing approach to reducing carbon emissions and increasing sustainability, announced last week. “The Army, through Prometheus, is showing our commitment to positive green initiatives, driving impressive energy efficiency savings.”


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