15th May 2013 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

Europe's first world class electricity grid research centre was unveiled earlier today in Scotland, ReNews reports.

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre has cost £12.5m and is a result of increased demand in regards to sustained, low-carbon power. The facility in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire will use a scaled down, standalone electricity grid system to test new technology and will look at how advanced technology can improve the low-carbon power industry.

Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond said: "This is a truly world-class research centre and the first of its kind in Europe, clearly reinforcing that Scotland is leading the way when it comes to the new ideas, new solutions and new practices that will help us meet the electricity and energy needs of the future. "Smart grid technologies are increasingly important as we move to a low-carbon economy, helping to reduce energy waste and making it easier for homes and businesses to generate their own renewable energy.

Our ambitious plans for this sector demonstrate that it has the potential to create up to 12,000 jobs by 2020." The demonstration centre will span over 900 square metres and has been developed by Scottish Power, SSE, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish funding council and The University of Strathclyde. As well as examining low-carbon power practices the centre will also employ researchers, engineers and industry specialists who will focus on advanced electricity grid control schemes and intelligent sensor systems.