Case study

eGrid SME support


Electricity pylons
Narec Distributed Energy (Narec DE) provided fully funded support for SMEs in the North East of England for low carbon and energy storage technologies, as part of a project led by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

This support aided companies to overcome electrical issues related to the development, commercialisation and installation of renewable energy system technologies. Companies Narec DE helped included prototype developers, microgrid developers and companies installing their own innovative energy systems. Narec DE can provided up to 12 hours of funded assistance to each SME.

Supports Provided

  • Introductions to grid connection and modelling designs
  • Renewable technology grid connection
  • Energy storage technology assessment
  • MCS accreditation
  • Large scale energy storage design
  • Hybrid energy storage designs/modelling
  • Introduction to microgrids – grid connection
  • Micro grid modelling and design
  • G99/G100 assessment and training
  • Grid regulations and codes

Funding and Wider Project

ORE Catapult undertook a project to upgrade their research infrastructure through the installation of an electric power converter system, eGrid. eGrid provides a platform for electrical power quality research and testing in a controlled environment in Blyth. One aspect of the project was to provide business support and advice to SMEs; As a result, Narec DE was been subcontracted by ORE Catapult to provide specialist support. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Further information

Details on the ORE Catapult eGrid system can be found at: https://ore.catapult.org.uk/stories/egrid/