The University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) has strengthened its links with industry – with the leading UK Power Networks becoming a Tier 1 member of the world-class research facility.

As a leading Distribution Network Operator, UK Power Networks will participate in the Centre’s core research programme to shape future innovation projects at the facility.

The move to full Tier 1 membership status builds upon significant research work already completed, including validation for accelerated deployment of highly innovative power optimisation technology.

The PNDC will also act as a gateway for UK Power Networks to access international innovation through its links with DERLab, an association of 31 international leading laboratories and research institutes in the field of distributed energy resources equipment and systems. The association develops joint requirements and quality criteria for the connection and operation of distributed energy resources (DER).

David Rutherford, CEO at the University of Strathclyde’s PNDC, said: “At the PNDC, we aim to build long-term strategic relationships with our partner organisations. Having UK Power Networks as a Tier 1 member of our facility is a significant step forward in that direction.

“UK Power Networks will be contributing to and benefiting from our core research programme – where academics, researchers and industry partners collaborate to develop and implement solutions which will help shape electricity networks and systems of the future.

We look forward to developing and growing our relationship and are delighted to have UK Power Networks on board.”

UK Power Networks distribute approximately 27% of Britain’s electricity, serving over eight million customers in London, the South East and East of England and have responsibility for 130,000 substations and 170,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables which deliver power to consumer’s properties.

The company is currently undertaking trials to support the transition to a low carbon future and membership of the PNDC demonstrates the company’s intention to be industry leaders in accelerated network innovation.

Barry Hatton, director of Asset Management at UK Power Networks, said: “UK Power Networks is very pleased to be working with the PNDC to access the current and future research programmes to further enhance business performance.”

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre is a venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy aimed at accelerating the adoption of novel research and technologies into the electricity industry.