As the University of Exeter moves closer to the installation of the micro-grid demonstration system in the REEF building on the Penryn campus, over at the annual Intersolar exhibition in Berlin at the beginning of June, Solar Edge, a solar inverter manufacturer, showcased their augmented reality demonstration of how a future smart grid could work. This can be seen here.
Once operational the micro-grid demonstrator will allow the exploration of products and services, that make up elements of a smart grid, both virtually and in real world scenarios. This will enable collaborative work to be carried out. Because of the high levels of renewable energy resources across the county, Cornish SMEs have been involved in the deployment of generation equipment for longer than most other areas. With the Delabole wind farm being the first commercial wind farm in the UK, back in 1991, SMEs understand all too well the difficulties involved in generation deployment in a constrained distribution network.
We hope that by encouraging these opportunities, Cornish SMEs can use their expertise to lead the way in solutions for a 100% clean energy electricity grid; continuing to identify and overcome barriers for a clean future and attract long term, hi-tech jobs to the county.