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WPD Connect & Manage

Western Power Distribution’s LV (Low Voltage) Connect and Manage project are innovative trials which are set to have a real impact on the evolution of two familiar energy-saving mechanisms of today – solar panels and electric vehicles.
Focusing on trialling a smart solution for the connection of solar panels with energy storage, and fast chargers for electric vehicles, a selection of customers are provided with .

The benefit for electric vehicle customers is a fast, convenient charger, and the solar panel customers will see a reduction in their energy bill.

The Connect and Manage project is important to WPD and its technology partners to learn more about future customer needs. WPD will demonstrate control and communication technologies that customers connect their solar panels and electric vehicles to the grid without dela, while gives WPD the valuable time it needs to plan network upgrades with minimal disruption to its customers.

The technologies will be managed for short periods of the day during the trial, and the customers will have the option to keep the equipment after the end of the trial.

PPC Technologies used in Connect & Manage

  • Broadband Powerline (BPL) communications for low voltage
  • Modems and repeaters transfer data over the powerlines with no need for additional comms equipment
  • Enables management of the devices to align with conditions on the grid

Western Power Distribution (WPD) consists of four electricity distribution companies. All companies act as distribution network operators for their respective regions and are registered in Bristol, England. WPD currently manages around 7.7 million customers through the combined sales territories. WPD is a subsidiary of the American utility PPL.

Connect & Manage introduction video