The University of Strathclyde’s PNDC is playing a critical role in changing the energy landscape, by accelerating the technologies and systems needed for power grids to deliver low carbon energy in the future. PNDC is a whole energy systems innovation, test and demonstration environment across multiple locations, providing open access for engagement with industry.

The purpose-built, £12.5 million centre offers world-leading R&D facilities for the fast-expanding energy and transport sector, with a fully controllable electricity grid system to accelerate the deployment of new technologies across energy networks. The facility includes a highly configurable utility-grade medium and low voltage distribution network, realistic control room, industry-grade measurement and communications infrastructure, and extensive Power Hardware in the Loop (PHiL) capabilities that support mid-TRL (Technology Readiness Level) and end-to-end systems testing under normal and fault conditions.

PNDC’s strategic drivers concentrate on three primary focus areas to de-risk and enable the delivery and commercialisation of whole energy system solutions, namely – advancing future networks, decarbonisation of heat and decarbonisation of transport, with six innovation themes comprising digital grids, advanced power and control systems, electrification of transport, whole energy systems, communications and cyber security, and power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD).

The facility supports accelerated prototype testing, systems evaluation and proving, and rapid debugging and pre-deployment testing, all supported by demonstrating solutions under a range of scenarios and within different network configurations.

PNDC is also working towards helping the UK achieve its net zero ambitions as part of the Driving the Electric Revolution industrial challenge. A recent funding boost will enable PNDC to expand its capabilities by acquiring a high power integrated electric propulsion and powertrain accelerator.

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Last updated December 7th, 2022 at 01:54 pm.