CLNR stands for 'Customer-Led Network Revolution' -- one of the UK's biggest smart grid projects. Broadly speaking it is a trial aimed at helping us to understand more about people's needs today and how to plan for needs in the future. The trial involves 14,000 homes and businesses and will help to understand the impact on the electricity networks of widespread adoption of low carbon technologies like EV and Solar panels. The results of the trial will help to ensure that electricity networks can cope with future demand and so allow customers with these technologies more flexibility over the way they use and generate energy whilst allowing these technologies to be adopted more quickly and affordably in the future.
The results of CLNR will be an essential part in helping the government to reach its target of reducing the UK's carbon emissions by 80% before 2050. Phil Taylor is an Engineer at Durham University and represents one of the four key partners running CLNR. He understands that if the UK is going to achieve this low carbon goal then heating and transportation need to be electrified and then the grid must be made carbon free. Currently our grid could not take the extra strain that this would cause so there are two solutions. Build a bigger grid and rewire the entire of the UK or build something called a smart grid. The CLNR project looks at how we could manage and produce energy to best enhance our existing grid so that it is capable of supporting the UK in the future. Phil and his team are currently collecting data from our existing grid to better understand the challenge they face in creating the smart grid.
Rob will interview Phil and take a look around Durham University where we will be able to film how the data is being captured, working models Phil has set up to test results and current experiments.
ABOUT FULLY CHARGED: Fully Charged is an online show hosted by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool), sponsored by British Gas: Looking After Your World. During this series, Robert will discuss why we need to change how we think about energy consumption now. He will be taking a look at the newest electric cars available on the market [Volvo, Ford, Peugeot, Renault & Nissan] and also different forms of renewable energy [Wind and Solar].