Whole Energy Systems Accelerator (WESA)

DESCRIPTION

WESA connects real people & homes with networks and simulation capability. It helps test and de-risk integrated services and products, market & policy arrangements and multi-vector systems & products in a representative real-world environment. WESA is a unique whole energy system innovation facility with design, modelling & simulation, emulation and hardware testing capabilities with consumers at the heart. WESA utilizes the PNDC’s smart grid acceleration facility, which hosts a unique ‘real-world’ 11kV network and ESC’s existing living lab - a unique real-world trial facility of 100 connected homes, where innovative businesses can rapidly design, market-test and launch smart energy products and services. Facility capabilities include: Geographically-dispersed consumers providing real-time energy use data; Physical energy network plus real time energy system stimulation, communications infrastructure, market business model

AREAS OF SPECIAL COMPETENCE

Test and demonstrate hardware, software and integrated innovative decarbonized smart solutions in a safe, controlled environment. Additionally: delivery of innovator challenges; energy-as-a-service propositions; trial design; asset models.

WHAT CAN BE TESTED

De-risking of innovative whole systems solutions via technical demonstration; Ability to model market & policy arrangement testing (such as real time pricing critically needed for the digitalized future energy system); Providing consumer validation and feedback for novel service prepositions and market models in fields such as heating, DSR and electric vehicle.

AVAILABLE INFRASTRUCTURE

PNDC is located in Glasgow with real 11kV and LV distribution networks, which are flexible with the ability to vary voltage, frequency and perform disturbance testing in a controlled environment The living lab is made up of 100 UK homes.

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH US

Via our existing website for Living Lab https://es.catapult.org.uk/capabilities/digital-and-data/living-lab/ or smart grid innovation facility https://pndc.co.uk/.

PRICING MODEL

Due to varying project scopes and unique test set ups/configurations, pricing is defined individually based on the services/work contribution requested.

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Scotland, UK


Responsible organisation: Energy Systems Catapult & Power Networks Demonstration Centre,

Kathleen Goldie
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This initiative has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements no. 646039 and no. 775970.
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