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Renewable power tech firm's £20 million milestone



Glasgow-based Smarter Grid Solutions’ (SGS) technology has smashed through the £20 million mark with the value of its R&D projects.

The company’s software helps electricity grid operators avoid outages by managing and storing electricity from a diverse range of renewable power sources. This enables them to connect to electric vehicle (EV) charging points and smart micro-grids for cities, rural areas and individual industrial sites.

SGS has also enabled more than £300 million of investment in clean energy assets, connected 425MW of distributed energy resources (DER) to the grid and saved £150 million in capital expenditure in network assets.

The firm is working with UK Power Networks to connect more DERs such as renewable energy devices and batteries to its grid; with Scottish & Southern Energy on an “energy as a service” platform, and with SP Energy Networks on EV smart charging and a fault level management project.

In North America, SGS is working with Con Edison on the deployment and market integration of large utility scale batteries in New York City, and with Tucson Electric Power to explore how DERs, such as rooftop solar panels, residential batteries, smart appliances and EVs, can provide flexibility services.

It is also working with Avangrid in New York and Connecticut on innovative technical solutions to reduce the cost of interconnecting new solar farms, and with New York State Energy Research & Development Authority on two projects under its Future Grid Challenge on smart inverter technology.

Now it aims to integrate electric heating and alternative fuels such as green hydrogen with the grid.

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Bob Currie, chief technology officer and co-founder of SGS, said: “Reaching net zero to tackle the climate emergency isn’t simply about replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy – it’s also about becoming smarter in how we use that energy and control our electricity grids.

“Progress is already being made to decarbonise our power grids, but the real victories will come when our heat and transport networks are also electrified to remove or minimise carbon dioxide emissions.

“That means connecting cars, vans and other EVs to the grid so they can be recharged, and also heating and cooling our homes, businesses and factories using electricity instead of gas, oil or other polluting fuels.”



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