Simon Marshall, Jamie Hepburn MSP and Calum Murray at the site of The National HVDC Centre

CONSTRUCTION work has started on a “first of its kind” technology centre in Cumbernauld that will test the use of high voltage direct current (HVDC) on Britain’s electricity network.

The National HVDC Centre is due to open in 2017 with the creation of eight high-skilled jobs.

The centre will be built near the University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre and Scottish Power’s Training Centre. CCG is the principle contractors to build the facility, which was designed by Glasgow-based BSP Architects Ltd.

This building will be owned and operated by Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission), and is funded through the energy regulator Ofgem’s Electricity Network Innovation Competition.

The National HVDC Centre will provide a testing facility for electricity transmission owners and operators, suppliers, developers and academic institutions to simulate the use of HVDC on the British electricity network. The facility will use powerful computer simulators, which replicate the electricity network in real time, to allow engineers to study the impact the HVDC systems can have and to mitigate any risks.

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