The UK’s electricity system operator, National Grid ESO (ESO) this week (12 December) launched the first stage of its Open Balancing Platform set to “unlock new levels of precision for the ESO control room.”
Intentions to form the Open Balancing Platform were given in the ESO’s conclusions for its Net Zero Market Reform project, revealed in July 2023, including setting its launch date for this December.
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The new system will give ESO control room engineers pre-selected lists of units to choose from in order to meet a network requirement. Reducing the number of manual instructions required from the control room is set to greatly reduce the time taken to instruct balancing mechanism units.
This optimisation will enable control room engineers to send hundreds of instructions to smaller Balancing Mechanism Units, allowing battery storage “play a more active role in balancing the network.”
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