The Centre claims to be first of its kind in Europe and has been created by the University of Strathclyde and leading energy companies including ScottishPower and Scottish and Southern Energy, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.
The Centre will play a key role in increasing the UK electricity grid’s efficiency and reliability, as well as testing the next generation of smart electrical technologies. This will support the integration of new renewable energy sources, electric vehicles and smart household appliances with the grid, such that emissions and cost can be minimized.
Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: "The Power Network Demonstration Centre will support the development and accelerated deployment of new electrical power distribution technologies, helping the UK’s energy and engineering industries compete on the world stage.
Around 25 staff will be based at the state-of-the art Centre, which will be built in Cumbernauld. The Centre will include the most advanced, control, monitoring and communications systems, and is expected to open at the end of 2011.
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