ORE Catapult launches new grid connection course

Small businesses in the North East of England are being invited to access fully-funded courses to aid innovation and growth in national grid connection as the need for  secure, reliable and clean electricity increases.
ORE Catapult launches new grid connection course
Courtesy of ORE Catapult

Technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind and wave and tidal energy, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult), is partnering with Narec Distributed Energy (DE) to provide SMEs in the North East (NE-LEP and Tees Valley LEP area) with a new fully-funded course – the G99 and G100: Grid Connection and Export Limitation Course. This has been launched as part of the company’s Grid Connection Support Series - providing free support and advice to SMEs that offer grid connection products and services.

The course is available free to SMEs as part of the Catapult’s Grid Connection Support series (GCSS) and the next course will be run at the Narec DE Training Centre in Blyth, Northumberland on 4th and 5th September 2019.

Taking place over a day and a half, the course is suitable for contractors installing solar PV systems, wind turbines and any kind of energy storage system, for example batteries up to 50 MW, and it covers the connection of large-scale embedded generators to the distribution network. 

The first full day of the course is classroom based. It will include a lunchtime visit to the ORE Catapult Grid Emulation System, called eGrid. This is ORE Catapult’s electric power converter system capable of performing grid emulation for a wide range of electrical testing. The second day is a morning-only session working through individual projects that the delegates might require one-to-one help with.

The course will cover the following topics:

Introduction to the UK electrical power distribution system

Role of the District Network Operators (DNOs)

Network issues caused by embedded generation

Applicability of G99

Technical requirements of G99

Technical requirements of G100

Energy storage and associated issues

Connection application process

Witness testing requirements

Businesses can book their places by emailing   

For additional information:

G99 & G100: Grid Connection and Export Limitation (Fully funded)

ORE Catapult


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