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SGS Joins QUEST Project to Free Capacity for Clean Energy

Michael Behr



The QUEST project will help manage the UK’s network capacity, essential for the rollout of additional clean energy projects.

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) will help free up network capacity for more than 2 GW of clean energy assets in the UK as part of the QUEST project.

SGS will work as the Active Network Management partner on the project and provide its Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) software. This will help create a fully coordinated, overarching system to manage voltages and balance centralised and decentralised energy control systems.

The technology connects and manages clean energy producers and low carbon technologies to the grid, moving both the grid and the market towards net zero carbon emissions.

SGS Executive Director Graham Ault said: “This is the start of an important relationship that will see us work with key partners to deliver this groundbreaking integrated control system to optimise and coordinate network and low carbon technology operations.

“There are a number of core features of this project that are crucial for the development of an efficient, clean and secure electricity system, from interoperability between customer equipment, all the way to the UK’s system operation and coordination across several different sources of network and customer flexibility.

“For this project, we are providing the digital solutions essential to enable the large scale of adoption of clean energy in the UK, and globally, in the coming decade.”

The QUEST project will enable coordinated control and optimised management of network capacity for the development and connection of low carbon generation and new load demand.

As it has the capability to be further rolled out to other UK and international energy providers, the scalability of the project highlights the level of ambition and innovation required to tackle the climate emergency.

The project received £8 million through the Network Innovation Competition (NIC). Once complete, it is hoped QUEST will help save the country over £250 million.


The company will work with Electricity North West, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and Schneider Electric to deliver the project.

Head of Network Innovation at Electricity North West Dan Randles said: “The QUEST project is important for us as it further develops distribution network voltage control in new and innovative ways.

“It has the potential to support the management of increasingly complex distribution networks as we move further to whole system solutions and as our daily lives and energy consumption habits change.

Andrew Wainwright from National Grid ESO added: “Developing a voltage management and fully coordinated control system which can be scaled and replicated marks a significant step for the industry in achieving net zero carbon emissions targets.

It is important that we continue to innovate and create new solutions to future-proof the electricity system. QUEST will further the ability of the whole electricity system to quickly and efficiently deploy low carbon technologies at the scale required to solve climate challenges.”

Michael Behr

Senior Staff Writer

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