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Europe’s ‘first smart tech power centre’ gets underway

Work has started at Scotland’s University of Strathclyde on a multi-million-pound power centre for smart technologies that its backers describe as the first of its kind in Europe.

Construction of the à‚£12.5m ($20m) Power Network Demonstration Centre began on 8 September and is expected to be completed by early next year.

The research centre, which has received financial backing from energy firms ScottishPower and Scottish and Southern Energy, will develop a variety of technologies, from smart grids to electric cars and intelligent household appliances, said Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde.

“The new centre will remove many of the barriers to these technologies, improve energy efficiency and ensure that we maintain a secure supply of power and define grids of the future ” setting new standards in electrical distribution,” he said.

Gareth Evans of UK regulator Ofgem said: “We believe that the PNDC has the potential to accelerate the development of network innovations and particularly to help ensure these innovations are implemented effectively and safely.”

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