What is the Distributed ReStart project?
The Distributed ReStart project is a partnership between National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), SP Energy Networks (SPEN) and TNEI. The project has been awarded £10.3 million of Network Innovation Competition (NIC) funding.
Distributed ReStart explores how Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in Great Britain can be used to restore power in the highly unlikely event of a total or partial blackout of the National Electricity Transmission System.
Examples of distributed energy resources (DER) include:
- natural gas turbines
- biomass generators
- embedded hydro-power stations
- wind turbines
- solar panels.
Distributed ReStart offers a cleaner, greener alternative
A benefit of DER is that they provide a cleaner and greener alternative to generating electricity; though the scale of production is typically smaller than traditional energy resources.
The enormous growth in DER presents an opportunity to develop a radically different approach to Black Start, however, there are significant technical, organisational, and commercial challenges to address.
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How will the project work?
Black Start is the process of restoring power to consumers following a blackout.
It’s envisaged that the Distributed ReStart project will demonstrate a world first – coordinating a bottom up from distribution networks to transmission level to provide a safe and effective Black Start service.
This will increase competition in the market and deliver reductions in both cost and carbon emissions.