Locamation starts smart grid automation pilot project with UK power distributor SSE


Locamation, a developer and supplier of independent smart grid automation solutions, has entered into an agreement to conduct a pilot with the distribution network operator (DNO) Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Power Distribution.

The pilot project for SSE, one of the largest power distribution networks in the UK, aims to provide increased understanding and control of the network condition while helping to prepare for a low carbon economy. The project runs under the umbrella of the Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI).

David MacLeman, SSE’s Future Networks and Policy Research and Development Manager, said: “SSE has chosen Locamation’s SASensor technology as it has the potential to provide many advantages over traditional substation protection solutions. Both capital and operational expenditure costs can be reduced. At the same time the remote monitoring facilities and the flexibility of the substation’s protection and control systems will be improved. This should allow SSE to operate a more dynamic and efficient network that can benefit all customers.”

The pilot, currently scheduled to run for one year, will equip one primary substation with Locamation’s ‘SASensor HMV’ which enables measurement and monitoring of grid patterns, protection and control at a medium voltage level. The IFI was established by UK energy regulator, Ofgem and primarily aims to encourage network operators to apply innovation in the technical development of their networks. It also offers funding to encourage operators to deliver value (eg. financial, quality of supply, environmental, safety) to consumers.

Locamation’s COO, Pascal Bleeker commented: “We are delighted to enter this pilot with SSE – a leading energy company in the UK – and to help them prepare for the transition to secure more reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supplies. Locamation has 40% contracted market share in Dutch HMV substations with SASensors operational in more than 60 primary substations of the largest DNO in the Netherlands. In the UK we have had installations running at National Grid for more than a decade. Following the recent choice by WPD and UKPN to use SASensor technology for their secondary substations I hope this pilot in the primary substation of SSE is the beginning of a long-standing, comprehensive and successful partnership.”

The existing infrastructure of grid distribution networks requires extensive upgrades in order to efficiently balance supply and demand and to improve stability and minimise power interruptions. In order for DNOs to employ the right measures for efficient grid operation, new technology must be deployed.

The SASensor HMV is a flexible solution which digitises primary substations, allowing DNOs complete web-based management and local protection of their networks with full remote data collection and monitoring, including support and training for the installation. Locamation will supply the SASensor HMV solution with common automation applications like monitoring, protection and control. Locamation says that, owing to the intelligent system architecture, future requirements and functionalities can be easily implemented with software upgrades at a later stage.


9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more

Partnership with Nokia helps Clavister expand in Australia

Posted on: January 19, 2022

Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. 19 January, 2022 – Clavister, a provider of European carrier-grade cybersecurity solutions for mission-critical applications, announced an order intake from a Railway Infrastructure company in Australia

Read more

Wi-Fi 6E trial in Turkey hailed a success by Turk Telekom

Posted on: January 19, 2022

London, UK. 19 January, 2022 – Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) member, Turk Telekom, announced the successful completion of Wi-Fi 6E trials designed to demonstrate how the technology can be used to enhance speed and capacity in a variety of different end-user scenarios. Wi-Fi is vital to the success of Turk Telekom, who has the Wi-Fi footprint in

Read more