The increasing and future adoption of small-to-medium scale low carbon technologies such as wind power, photovoltaic systems, electric vehicles and electric heat pumps is and will pose significant technical and economic challenges on distribution networks. Low voltage distribution networks have been designed to have no controllability and hence are largely unmonitored. However, it is likely that they will become one of the first bottlenecks towards the decarbonisation of our power systems. This presentation will first introduce the potential problems or impacts of different penetrations of low carbon technologies on LV networks using a Monte Carlo approach to cater for the corresponding uncertainties involved. It will then present and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of some of the potential solutions that might allow higher penetrations without the need of traditional reinforcements. The work is based on different industrial projects hence it will provide insights on real UK LV networks as well as the trialed technologies. Those involved in electrical distribution, including engineers, consultants, researchers, and electricity distribution companies will gain insights from this webinar.
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