About the Project
LV Engine is a flagship £8.3m innovation project funded via Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition (NIC). The project will carry out a globally innovative network trial of Smart Transformers to facilitate the connection of LCTs whilst representing value for money for our customers. This innovation is in line with the UK Government’s CO2 reduction targets which are driving the increase in electrification of both heat and transport.
Conventionally, electricity networks provide an alternating current (AC) supply. However, many LCTs operate on a direct current (DC) voltage which requires conversion from AC. LV Engine intends to design a Smart Transformer which can provide a LV DC supply to our customers for the first time whilst maximising the use of our existing AC network.
These will bring a number of valuable functionalities to the 11kV and Low Voltage (LV) networks allowing us to maximise the use of our existing assets.