eSmart Networks are experts at connecting you to the grid.
As the data centre market in the UK is growing and transforming, the challenge of managing power needs and ensuring sustainability remains a constant concern.
Working closely with our specialist Grid Consultancy team, we analyse the network data to secure your capacity, meet your power requirements and advise on electricity supply for both current and future demand.
Data Centres rely on significant infrastructure to support both hardware and software operations. Our expert Grid Consultancy team have the expertise to pinpoint suitable locations for the distribution and transmission of electricity supply, through designing, constructing and commissioning the network infrastructure.
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Design Value Engineering
Our inherent understanding of the grid, driven by our expert team of Grid Consultants, complemented by our widely experienced in-house civil and electrical design teams, positions eSmart Networks as an accredited Independant Connections provider (ICP) capable of delivering the most optimal solution for your critical data centre projects.
Initial Phase Collaboration
A crucial element for the effective execution of our projects involves engaging with our clients at project inception.
Participating in a project from its conceptual design phase enables us to oversee and coordinate utility interactions, leading to a substantial reduction in both design and procurement timeframes.
Grid Consultancy Expertise
Our Grid Consultancy team can analyse the local grid to a high degree of detail to identify capacity, constraints or blockers to your project before any cost outlay on the development costs.
By bringing our collective knowledge and experience of networks, we can easily manage the interface with the local grid operator from the first touch point right through the full lifecycle of your project, helping to mitigate any risks associated with the grid connection programme and costs.
An Independent Connections Provider (ICP) refers to a recognized company capable of constructing electricity networks to meet the specific standards and quality necessary for acceptance by either a DNO, like UK Power Networks, or an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO).
Involving an ICP offers numerous advantages, such as expediting connection times, ensuring cost-effectiveness, leveraging specialized expertise, having the flexibility to select a provider, and receiving customized solutions for your unique connection requirements.
An Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) is a certified organisation that has a broader role compared to an Independent Connection Provider (ICP). Once the IDNO constructs a regional electricity network, it retains ownership of the local network and assumes responsibility for maintenance as well as round-the-clock fault repairs.
National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS). As part of an ongoing process to introduce competition to the electrical service market, eSmart Networks operate the National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS) on behalf of the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). NERS is managed by Lloyds Accreditation.
Contestable Works: Connection works that can be carried out by eSmart Networks an Independant Connections Provider (ICP). You have a choice when deciding who shall complete these elements of your connection.
Non-Contestable Works: These are connection works that must be performed exclusively by the host Distribution Network Operator (DNO). In order to ensure the safety and reliability of the distribution network. Furthermore, as an ICP, you cannot select another entity to carry out these specific aspects of your connection. As a result, it is required by law for the DNO to handle them.
In the UK, “high voltage” (HV) refers to electrical voltage levels above the standard home voltage of 230 volts. It is commonly used in industrial applications, power transmission, and distribution networks.
High voltage systems are regulated by organisations like National Grid Electricity Transmission and local distribution network operators. Subsequently ensuring safe, reliable transmission and distribution of electricity, consequently following safety standards and regulations.
EHV stands for Extra High Voltage. It refers to the highest voltage levels used in electrical power transmission systems, ranging from 345 kV to 1200 kV. Providing the long distance delivery of electricity with reduced losses.