E.ON collaborates with SSEN to build a more resilient energy supply in rural areas

22 July 2020
SSEN_Pressrelease

To enhance electric grid resilience E.ON Innovation and B2B Solutions teams start collaboration with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Costain for a Resilience as a Service project (RaaS).

Due to changing technologies and increasing complexity in networks electric resilience is getting more and more important. Not only in metropolitan centres, but also in rural regions communities and businesses rely on the availability of electricity. Those trends demand for investments in grid infrastructure if we want to maintain a reliable power supply.  

There’s a risk that remote areas might be left behind. Indeed, upgrading legacy systems in those places could turn out to be difficult and investment intensive because of technological and physical barriers. This is particularly the case in the UK, where many rural areas are currently supplied by a single electrical line – resulting in an above-average number of outages.

The RaaS project brings E.ON together with Costain Group plc and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) – one of only two UK energy companies that operate in electricity transmission and distribution. RaaS will offer an affordable, high-value solution to network operators – one that guarantees local communities’ resilience and grid stability, as well as reliable and clean power. 

Paul French E.ON

Paul French

During the course of the RaaS project, the partners will create a new market solution for grid resilience by leveraging the strength of technical solutions such as battery storage in combination with access to different flexibility markets. The core of this innovative energy system will be a battery energy storage system that can reestablish the supply of a village in case of an outage and leverage local renewable energy assets to provide power until the DNO (Distribution Network Operator) can correct the problem. By developing this innovative energy solution, which combines energy storage, local renewables, smart grid controls, flexibility services and new commercial models, RaaS will enhance grid stability and improve security of supply, therefore contributing to a faster and more affordable energy transition in remote locations throughout Europe.

RaaS is an excellent example of E.ON’s contribution to forward-thinking projects that speed up an affordable energy transition. Commenting on the collaboration, Paul French, Director & Country Head of E.ON B2B Energy Solutions UK, said: “For us at E.ON and for our customers sustainability, reliability and resilience are not conflicting, but complementary aspects of the future energy system. With the Resilience as a Service project, we will demonstrate not only how resilience and reliability can be improved at lower cost for our customers, we will also show how this can be done in a carbon neutral way by applying new technologies and smart controls. We are looking forward to this collaboration with SSEN and Costain and the opportunity to contribute to another small but important step towards a sustainable and CO2-free future.”

At the core of RaaS there will be a battery energy storage system that is able to re-establish an area’s supply in case of an outage through leveraging local renewable energy assets. RaaS puts into practice several key learnings from another one of E.ON’s projects in Simris. By combining renewables, energy storage and smart energy management techniques, this small town in Sweden is now able to run on 100% renewable power. It can also seamlessly re-connect to the regional grid at any time.

Luis Salmeron image

Luis Arturo Hernández Salmerón

During the course of the RaaS project, the partners will create a new market solution for grid resilience by leveraging the strength of technical solutions such as battery storage in combination with access to different flexibility markets. The core of this innovative energy system will be a battery energy storage system that can reestablish the supply of a village in case of an outage and leverage local renewable energy assets to provide power until the DNO (Distribution Network Operator) can correct the problem. By developing this innovative energy solution, which combines energy storage, local renewables, smart grid controls, flexibility services and new commercial models, RaaS will enhance grid stability and improve security of supply, therefore contributing to a faster and more affordable energy transition in remote locations throughout Europe.

RaaS is an excellent example of E.ON’s contribution to forward-thinking projects that speed up an affordable energy transition. Commenting on the collaboration, Paul French, Director & Country Head of E.ON B2B Energy Solutions UK, said: “For us at E.ON and for our customers sustainability, reliability and resilience are not conflicting, but complementary aspects of the future energy system. With the Resilience as a Service project, we will demonstrate not only how resilience and reliability can be improved at lower cost for our customers, we will also show how this can be done in a carbon neutral way by applying new technologies and smart controls. We are looking forward to this collaboration with SSEN and Costain and the opportunity to contribute to another small but important step towards a sustainable and CO2-free future.”

At the core of RaaS there will be a battery energy storage system that is able to re-establish an area’s supply in case of an outage through leveraging local renewable energy assets. RaaS puts into practice several key learnings from another one of E.ON’s projects in Simris. By combining renewables, energy storage and smart energy management techniques, this small town in Sweden is now able to run on 100% renewable power. It can also seamlessly re-connect to the regional grid at any time.

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