Frequency Distribution of the GB Power System

Ross Falconer, Head of Power Systems, Aurora Power Consulting Currently we are working on an innovation project with Northern Power Grid (NPG) to develop their policy for assessing voltage fluctuations on the grid caused by Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS’s). As we decarbonise the grid and move away from traditional generation sources like coal and […]

Renewable Power – Concept Studies

Failure of a site to meet its required Registered Capacity in MW due to a shortfall in MVAr, is a major cause of delays, and disputes in the renewable energy sector. Such problems are easily avoided by carrying out an initial concept study in the early stages of a project. The aim of a concept […]

Understanding the Benefits and Limitations of EMT and RMS Simulations

Introduction A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a brief post on our company website (Aurora Power Consulting) about EMT modelling, and it generated quite a bit of interest. This made me realise that unless you are directly involved in power system modelling and simulation, these issues can be a bit abstract and are a […]

Power Systems Analysis – Company Focus

As a company that operates within the HV / EHV and power systems market, we have always offered a wide range of services. However, over the last few years, we have found an increasing demand in our power systems analysis services and have therefore decided to make this the primary focus of the business. This […]

Looking Forward to 2024

Expanding and growing a business is often challenging, as managing multiple large and complex jobs becomes increasingly difficult. During 2023, we were managing up to 50 projects simultaneously, ranging from simple 11kV protection studies, up to 400kV transmission connections. We managed this ok, but it did get a bit fraught at times. Looking ahead to […]

National Grid – Model Handover and Encryption

In a related post to last week, one of the interesting problems that has started to arise is National Grid ESO wanting the RMS simulation models handing over in an unencrypted format. This requirement has been around for a little while, but was not rigorously enforced by NG ESO, and tended to sidelined a bit. […]

EMT Studies and Models for National Grid ESO

For those of you that are not that involved in Grid Studies, National Grid ESO has recently published a guidance note on the need for EMT studies for generation connected plant. This requirement is off the back of the GC0141 modification, that followed the August 2019 blackout, and is aimed to help define the performance […]

G99 – Voltage Control

As part of G99 / Grid Code compliance studies, it is necessary to carry out a series of Voltage Control studies, and check performance stability. Voltage control is used in some parts of the UK, and common in Scotland, but it is not widely used in England or Wales. Voltage control mode is a form […]

G99 / Grid Code – Frequency Response

As part of G99 / Grid compliance studies, it is necessary to carry out a series of Frequency Control studies. This is to show how the system respond to over-frequency and under-frequency events, when operating in LFSM or FSM mode. These are both types of power-frequency droop control. LFSM mode is the usual operating mode […]