Project examples

Connections advice
Connections advice

We provide strategic advice to developers, land agents, and their consultants on technical, contractual and pricing issues relating to a wide range of connections. We can also give advice on issues relating to private networks and IDNOs, and assist with matters such as network pricing calculations and asset valuation. Read more.......

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Directional earth-fault passage indicators (DEFPI)

Ricardo Energy’s non-invasive directional earth-fault passage indicator (DEFPI) system indicates the direction of fault current in meshed and radial 11kV networks from measurements taken at existing ring main units (RMUs) and switchgear, without the need for a high-voltage (HV) transformer. Read more......

Distributed generation connection guides
Distributed generation connection guides

Ricardo Energy (a business practice of Ricardo Energy & Environment) has worked on a Technical Guide for the Connection of Generation to the Distribution Network since 2003. In 2009 an update of the Technical Guide was required by the member companies of Energy Networks Association (ENA) due to the introduction of a new distribution licence condition by Ofgem. The original Guide was revised into a set of Distributed Generation Connection Guides for various categories of generation. Read more........

HubNet
HubNet – a hub for energy networks

Ricardo Energy provides a range of services to HubNet - which is a diverse multi-pronged University-led programme, aimed at driving forward ground breaking research into the route by which energy networks will develop over the coming years as the vision of a low carbon energy system and economy becomes a reality. HubNet is funded by the Energy Programme of Research Councils UK and builds on the Supergen FlexNet and FutureNet programmes. Read More...

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Innovative project to unlock distribution network capacity

The Flexible Urban Networks – Low Voltage (FUN-LV) project aims to conduct trials of power electronics devices on low voltage (LV) distribution networks for the first time, to assess the potential to release existing, latent spare capacity in shorter timescales as an alternative to conventional reinforcement. Capacity is released by meshing existing networks that are not meshed, managing the level of fault current and crossing boundaries in existing meshed networks. Read more......

Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study ISLES
Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES)

The Scottish Government, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Executive and Government of Ireland, required a contractor to deliver a feasibility study into the development of an offshore transmission electricity grid around the west coast of Scotland, the north and east coasts of Northern Ireland, the Irish Sea and the west coast of Ireland. Ricardo Energy won this contract in a consortium led by RPS Ireland, also including TNEI and IHC Engineering Business. Read more........

Modelling the contribution of renewable energy generators
Modelling the contribution of renewable energy generators

Faced with these complex challenges in various assignments, we have developed an in-house model which analyses different generation scenarios, allowing for the randomised effects of external factors such as wind speed. This in-house model has been employed on studies in St. Helena, and also in St. Lucia, in both cases looking at the analysis of wind turbines within relatively small transmission networks. The model was also used in Sierra Leone in connection with the development of a hydro power plant. Read more......

Rural generation
New solution for optimising the connection of rural generation and controllable loads

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s rural network generation connection concept aims to solve network issues by enabling generation to be connected, while providing the DNO with tools to monitor and control output to ensure network limits are not breached in line with the recent Active Network Management Good Practice Guide. Read more....

Online incipient fault location
Online incipient fault location

Continuity of service and customer minutes lost (CMLs) are among the most important concerns to electricity utility companies. Ricardo Energy’s revolutionary online incipient fault location system (OLIF) detects, classifies and locates faults and incipient defects on distribution networks. It aims to drastically reduce customer interruptions, improve operational safety and increase distribution network operators’ (DNO) profits. Read more.......

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Private investor services

Ricardo Energy has wide experience in advising senior decision makers on their early stages of private power project developments. We have given advice to power developers on a wide spectrum of services over the period of development to financial close. Ricardo Energy has worked extensively in over 28 countries in Africa on numerous development and management consultancy projects (more than 200 projects) read more........

The Southern African Power Pool SAPP
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP)

Ricardo Energy was appointed in 2005 to provide consulting services for the development of long term transmission pricing policy, the associated implementation procedures and models, and the development of an Ancillary Services market design for the Southern African Power Pool(SAPP). Read more Read more.......

Smart Dynamic Profiles
Smart Dynamic Profiles for Distribution Network Management (SPRINT)

Our SPRINT (Smart Dynamic Profiles for Distribution Network Management) project aimed to investigate ways to analyse load profiles geographically to identify changes and trends in load behaviour, enable the classification of load types, conduct short-term load forecasting and highlight potentially problematic loads or generators to prioritise areas for remedial action. Read more.......

unit testing and governor model development
South Africa unit testing and governor model development

Eskom required the development of governor models for four Eskom coal fired power stations. The South African Grid Code requires that accurate models of the power station response to network frequency changes are provided to the Eskom System Operator. These models are required to determine operating reserve requirements and ensure that the balance between supply and demand can be maintained. Read more.......

Distribution network visibility
UK Power Networks – distribution network visibility

The Distribution Network Visibility Project was funded through the Ofgem Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) to demonstrate techniques that could be applied by other DNOs in the UK under the overall information sharing arrangements of the LCNF. To ensure the successful delivery of this complex project, UK Power Networks entered into a collaboration agreement with us, to provide business process and technology advice, and Capula Ltd, to cover database upgrading and software delivery. Read more.......