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Introduction to Smart Grids

Smart grid technologies are changing our energy networks, distributed generation and network management. By 2030, the industry expects investment in smart solutions to exceed £4 billion across GB DNO networks. This transformation will reduce the costs of delivering electricity for customers but will challenge the industry to design and manage new technologies to the same standards of safety and reliability.

The ability to design and operate with both smart and conventional solutions will be essential for professionals working with electrical networks.

This course is delivered by EA Technology experts with practical experience of delivering key smart grid projects such as the Customer-Led Network Revolution, My Electric Avenue and New Thames Valley Vision. This will provide delegates with key experience and learning from the adoption and implementation of case studies, practical exercises and hands-on demonstrations.

Day one

Smart grids overview

  • Key drivers
  • What is a smart grid?
  • Advantages
  • Challenges

Smart grid components & systems

  • The basic components and structure of a smart grid – what does a smart grid look like?
  • How to choose between smart and conventional

Smart grid business case

  • How the driver for UK smart grids is cost
  • Stakeholders in a ‘smart’ world
  • How does DNO regulation support smart grids?
  • Opportunities with distributed generation
  • Demand side response for large and small customers

Transform® techno-economic modelling

  • Overview of the Transform® Model and how it drives international investment in smart grids
  • Explore the model and run your own scenarios to explore the costs and benefits of different smart grid strategies

Day two


  • What does a smart grid mean for electrical safety?
  • How to stay safe when working on a smart grid
  • Safety during the hands-on demonstrations

Practical experience with today’s smart grid solutions

An LV smart grid

ALVIN smart grid solution:

  • Automated reclosing of LV fuses and meshing of LV networks
  • Smart switching to avoid re-energising faults
  • How to operate smart fuses safely
  • When to consider smart LV networks

Esprit / Electric Nation / Smart Charging

Discover how smart grids are enabling Electric Vehicle Charging:

  • Smart charging solutions
  • Demand side response from Electric Vehicles
  • Business and network impacts
  • Impact of smart charging on customers

Flexible DG connections

  • How do smart grids allow more distributed generators to connect?
  • What’s the down side of a flexible connection?
  • Interactive Exercise:
    • What’s possible without a Smart Grid
    • What’s possible with a Smart Grid
    • Challenges/Benefits

Dynamic ratings

  • Equipment to measure asset temperature and allow better ratings
  • When you should and shouldn’t use them
  • How do they benefit a network and customers?

Programme may be subject to amendment

Delivered by industry experts with direct involvement in key UK smart grid projects this course will help develop your understanding of:

  • The reasons behind the emergence of smart grids
  • The scale of the technological, commercial and environmental impacts that they can have
  • Principal smart grid technologies and their typical uses in projects
  • The performance of smart grid technologies and why they are different to ‘business-as-usual’
  • The critical elements for smart grid projects in the UK
  • Lessons that can be drawn from the present experience of UK smart grid projects
  • Future project areas
  • The cutting edge of smart grids today
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Course duration: 2 days


CPD Information


EA Technology are accredited members of the CPD certification service. This course counts towards your planned CPD requirements.

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