Nine companies and organisations have launched the Enhanced Frequency Control Capability (EFCC) project to find more efficient ways to balance the grid between demand from consumers and the supply of renewable energy in the future.

The EFCC project – which is led by National Grid and consists of Belectric, Centrica, Flexitricity, Ørsted, Siemens and GE Grid Solutions, along with Manchester and Strathclyde universities – will look at how to stabilise the electricity transmission system amid growing levels of intermittent renewable generation.

The three-year project will gather frequency data at a regional level, providing real-time supply-and-demand information for the grid operator.

‘Greater value to consumers’

Lilian Macleod, EFCC Project Manager at National Grid, said: “The EFCC project will provide greater visibility of the grid system performance by using real-time data.

“By working together with industry partners, we can lead the transition to a new energy future.

“Not only will this help to deliver greater value to consumers by running the system more efficiently, it will also evolve and future proof the grid.”

> Find out more about the EFCC project