The Clyde Gateway project is a multi-million pound investment programme focussed around the regeneration of the east end of Glasgow. The project covers an area of around 2000 acres and it is estimated that around 10,000 new homes will be built in the area. The site will also play host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games including the sports arena and athletes village.
SP Energy Networks saw this major regeneration project as an opportunity to trial modern Smart Grid technologies in the London Road 1 area and hence launched a £200,000 project, partly funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change Smart Grid Capital Grant Programme. Smart Grids are a technology that will progress electricity networks from the industrial age into the information age and incorporates advanced monitoring, control and automation of the current network. These functions will help facilitate the connection of modern low carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles and micro-generation, as well as improving the overall efficiency of operating the network and hence the service customers receive. The project aims to demonstrate what can be achieved using the latest technology in network monitoring, control and automation in a high and low Voltage situation. The project will act as an example of a smart grid system that has the potential to be applied across tens of thousands of sites in the UK and hence will help progress the nation towards its low carbon goals.
For more information, please visit the Clyde Gateway website.