UK energy centre gets loadbank for microgrid testing

By District Energy posted 06-04-2018 00:00


Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy


Loadbank manufacturer Crestchic has supplied a 300 kVA restive/reactive loadbank to the UK’s University of Chester.

The loadbank will be used as part of the campus microgrid and to replicate variable loads for the associated Energy Centre, which offers an environment for SMEs to develop, test and demonstrate new technologies. Located at the university’s Thornton Science Park, the centre is a major research and innovation hub.

The microgrid and energy centre aim to demonstrate how distributed energy resources can work together to minimize fuel costs and emissions within an islanded grid. As its contribution, Crestchic said its loadbank pioneers new algorithms for microgrid load balancing as part of a control system from ABB.

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