We Shoot, We Score – Losses Category Award is ours!

Celebrations are in order as TPS have won in the Losses Competition at the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017.

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) supported by its partner, UK Power Networks, are delighted to announce that once again we are a winner at the annual Energy Innovation Centre Awards. Held at the Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel in Liverpool on 28th September 2017, TPS was awarded winner of the inaugural Scottish & Southern Energy sponsored “Losses” award. Another first for TPS!

TPS has won Losses Category Award at UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017

Left to right: Jason Bradbury – Channel 5 ‘The Gadget Show’, Ian Cooper – UKPN, Nigel Jakeman – TPS, Fainan Hassan – TPS, Stewart Reid – SSE

Building on the success of winning the award for “Best Electricity Network Improvement” in 2015, our Soft Open Point converters were recognised this time around for the significant impact that they have on improving losses on the electricity distribution network. Presenting the award on behalf of Scottish & Southern Energy was managing director Stewart Reid.

On an evening to celebrate innovation hosted by Jason Bradbury, star of Channel 5’s Gadget Show, eleven awards were handed out to service and product providers to recognise their efforts as adding value to the UK utilities sector through applied innovation.

Nominated in the final category of the evening, TPS were proud to be announced winner of the losses award. Collecting the award were Engineering Manager for Smart Grid and Energy, Dr Fainan Hassan and Engineering & Business Development Director, Dr Nigel Jakeman. Responding to the success, Dr Jakeman said “It’s a real honour for TPS to be awarded winner of the first ever Losses Award”, continuing “EIC do a fantastic job supporting and recognising innovators in this sector, so to have them and the utility sector recognising the significance of our technology once again serves as real testament to the future importance of these converters in the electricity distribution network of the future”.

TPS would like to thank UK Power Networks for their support in winning this prestigious award.

For further information please contact marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Zero Energy Building initiative by TPS – HEART Project

TPS is developing innovative and energy efficient solutions for your home by entering into a consortium agreement under the EU research programme Horizon 2020 (H2020). The aim is to deliver Holistic Energy and Architecture Retrofit Toolkit (HEART) for residential buildings.

Through HEART, TPS will create and deliver an optimised DC-bus based residential microgrid. It utilises a multi-port converter to interconnect solar roof tiles, battery energy storage, DC modular heat pumps and all other residential DC based energy assets.

Adding the microgrid will result into an efficient and optimised design that can be retrofit to improve the energy efficiency of residential buildings. This is a major leap towards Zero or Nearly Zero Energy Building (ZEB or nZEB respectively) initiatives to reduce carbon emissions of the residential sector by 80% by 2050.

The DC-bus based microgrid will also be interconnected to the distribution system operator (DSO) or services aggregator through a power line communication interface. This provides a secure connection to a Smart Grid platform and facilitates the contribution of the residential buildings to Demand Side Response (DSR) Schemes.

TPS will develop control algorithms that will ensure the resilience of the buildings’ energy supply for both heat and power, while tapping into other Smart Grid schemes to provide a stack of benefits to the building manager and the DSO.

In the UK, carbon emissions from buildings and industry account for two thirds of the total emissions with the residential sector emissions, accounting for the largest share. There is a governmental and regulatory push towards a smarter energy system through facilitating DSR and its access to the balancing and wholesale power market to achieve our carbon emission reduction target.

Turbo Power Systems (TPS) collaborate on a UK solar power project

TPS collaborate with Imperial College London, 10:10, Network Rail and other partners to investigate the use of track-side solar panels to power trains.

Network Rail is currently investing billions in electrifying the UK’s railways, in bid to significantly reduce the number of trains running on diesel fuel, curbing costs, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

The project will look at connecting solar panels directly to the lines that provide power to trains, a move that would bypass the electricity grid in order to more efficiently manage power demand from trains. It is the first in the world to test the completely unique and innovative idea, which could have a wide impact with commercial applications on electrified rail networks all over the world.

Initially the project will look at the feasibility of converting “third rail systems”. These supply electricity to the locomotive through a power line running close to the ground. They have the advantage of matching the way electricity is supplied by solar panels as direct current, and using a similar voltage to the rail network of 750V DC.

There are several major technical hurdles that will have to be addressed before the system could be accepted for operation, for instance, maintenance personnel safety. Interfacing a PV system to a utility network has taken many years to develop protocols and algorithms, which allow the PV system to come online when the grid is healthy and offline if the local grid has become disconnected from the main utility network.

 

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TPS excels in this particular area. It has a staff member Tony Lakin who is the UK expert to the International Standards Committee IEC TC82 who will provide the specialist expertise. Tony said “this is a requirement because the grid must not be able to power back up again autonomously, if an engineer has disconnected the mains supply to enable safe working on the disconnected area. The same considerations apply to the third rail system; you do not want the local energy system repowering the rail if remedial work is being carried out on it, the maintenance engineers would not be happy”!

Another consideration is that third rail on most rail networks is also used for signalling purposes, so injecting power into this rail raises electromagnetic compatibility issues. TPS is ideally placed to solve these problems because it already manufactures convertors to pick up power from the third rail and distribute it to on-board systems within the rail vehicle. The interface to the rail forms a key role in their design process and TPS have many years of know-how in implementing safe and successful systems. TPS experience combined with Imperial’s capability gives an unparalleled amount of engineering expertise to this project.

Imperial’s experience is on integration and management of renewable energy sources in electricity grids, while TPS work on the distribution and management of power in the railway sector. “TPS and Imperial really give us the full technical package,” says Leo. “We couldn’t have better partners to work out how we can integrate solar power with our trains.”

The Renewable Traction project will start on 1 February 2017. It is a collaboration between 10:10, Turbo Power Systems (TPS), Community Energy South, Network Rail and Energy Futures Lab. It is funded through Innovate UK’s Energy Game Changers programme. It will release the results of their feasibility study in late 2017.

Find out more about this project here: Plugging solar power into our railways

 

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IET Innovation Awards For Energy Announcement!

‘Highly Commended’ by IET amongst 400 entries

TPS have been awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ certificate by IET Innovation Awards, which is a great achievement! We are thrilled to have been shortlisted and recognised under the Energy 2016 category for our Power Electronic Devices (PED).

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Great achievement!

You can read below a summary of our entry:

Ground-breaking grid technology for a low carbon future

By 2030 it is estimated that an investment of £31bn will be needed to re-enforce the low voltage electricity distribution network in the UK, as distributed generation and electric vehicle charging matures. Our PED devices also known as the FUN-LV research project, was a collaboration of partners and universities coming together to tackle the need of costly upgrades to reinforce electricity network.

TPS supported UKPN by supplying the power electronics hardware which fuelled the innovation of the project. The hardware has been installed in 36 locations within the UK. The PED devices can provide many benefits including:

  • Maximising the capacity of existing distribution assets.
  • Simple addition to the existing network.
  • Flexibility to manage changing consumer demands.
  • Improved quality and surety of supply.
  • Reduced network disruption.
  • Faster Distributed Generator connection offers.
  • Cost Effective Alternative.

Most recently the PED devices produced successful trial results which can be read here.

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TPS PED device installed in London and a substation.

The Ceremony

The IET Innovation Award Ceremony was held at the Brewery in London on the 16th of November, hosted by TV Presenter Rob Bell.

Chairman of IET Nigel Fine opening the ceremony.

Engineering and Business Development Director Nigel Jakeman, Business Development Oliver Merz, Embedded Systems Engineer Steve Mitchell and our partners from UKPN, attended the evening celebrating all those that had been shortlisted for their innovations.

All smiles for TPS and UKPN!

UKPN won the Power 2016 category for our PED devices and we are delighted for them!

There were 15 categories within the awards and each of them were judged by a panel of experts in the field, click here to see a full list of the winners. When applying for the Energy Category awards, TPS had to consider the technical and commercial benefits of the product in the following areas: storage, conversion and load consumption and our PEDs matched the requirements.

If you want to know more about the PED devices please contact the Marketing Team on marketing@turbopowersystems.com. Alternatively you can also download the datasheet here.

TPS Wins Innovation Award

 

TPS have won this year’s award for “Best Electricity Network Improvement” at the annual Energy Innovation Awards, organised by the Energy Innovation Centre.

Held on the 30th April at Manchester Hilton Deansgate, these prestigious awards recognise pioneers of new technologies that can make significant contribution toward the UK achieving its goals for energy security and greenhouse gas reduction.

Read full press release.

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