January 10, 2023

Democratizing Electricity Distribution Network Analysis

Authors

Centre for Net Zero, The Alan Turing Institute, Newcastle University

Abstract

The uptake of electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies is changing the magnitude, variability, and direction of power flows in electricity networks. However, there is a gap between those with the data and capabilities to understand electricity networks, such as network operators, and those working on adjacent parts of the energy transition jigsaw. This paper describes the electric vehicle network analysis tool (EVENT), developed to help make network analysis accessible to a wider range of stakeholders in the energy ecosystem who might not have the bandwidth to curate and integrate disparate datasets and carry out electricity network simulations. EVENT analyses the potential impacts of low-carbon technologies on congestion in electricity networks, helping to inform the design of products and services.