The Power Networks Demonstration Centre has an open access philosophy underpinned with collaborative practices. As a facility unique in its capabilities it enables companies to develop, test and demonstrate products and solutions in a real distribution network environment, the centre is open to anyone with an interesting or relevant project that may make a contribution to the low carbon future in an EU or global setting.
As part of our commitment to make the facility available to all, there are a number of ways that companies and individuals can engage with us. Our ultimate aim is to build long term strategic relationships with the ambition of shaping the sector for the future.
Do you have a project that requires testing or validation on a UK electricity network? Perhaps your project requires further development that can only be fine-tuned by carrying out testing on a real distribution network and understanding its behaviour under different scenarios. Or would you like to speed up deployment and attract clients by demonstrating your technology to the PNDC’s members and visitors? Your project might involve hardware, software or integrated system components, all of which can be accommodated here at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre.
The Power Networks Demonstration Centre is staffed by an international Research Team with guidance from the University of Strathclyde’s acclaimed Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department. Each of our PhD qualified researchers leads a core research theme with input from academia and our industry membership which provides multidisciplinary expertise and the ability to tap into the latest emerging research in their relevant fields. If you have a project that requires a feasibility study, research and/or further development, our Research Team is well placed to accelerate the commercial deployment of your future networks product or solution.
There are a number funding routes available for future networks projects. These include UK, EU and International funding sources (i.e. Innovate UK, Horizon 2020, EPSRC, UK Research Council) and are targeted at both SME’s and large commercial customers.
The PNDC can provide collaboration opportunities via the University, our network of members and partners, or acting as a testing and development facility as part of a consortium.
If your company wants to play a role in shaping the innovation landscape and future networks transition then membership gives you access to the Power Networks Core Research Programme. This ground breaking collaboration bringing together academia, industry and key stakeholders is shaping the future networks innovation agenda. The ability to contribute to thought leadership in action and be actively engaged in a long term strategic, evolutionary journey is a key benefit of becoming a member.
Membership also provides you with unparalleled access to the electricity networks community, giving unique insight into the future innovation landscape.
You can engage with us in a number of different ways; either as a member, a direct client, or through a consortium funding arrangement. We will have the plan to suit your needs, simply submit some brief details and we will be in touch.