Accelerate progress towards a net zero world
Data and Partnerships

SSEPD 0001: DISCERN Knowledge Transfer

Key activities

DISCERN focused on the need for enhanced intelligence on a distribution network and the replicability and scalability of solutions across different networks. In addition to direct learning from the solutions trialled at five Smart Grid demonstration sites across Europe, the diverse range of consortium partners enabled the creation of a suite of tools designed to support operators by informing their decisions on the development of networks that will provide high security of supply for the future.

Expected outcomes

Studies and research directly relevant to SSEN, is made available for incorporation into both business and innovation strategic thinking. Knowledge relating to a range of Smart Grid sub-functionalities not yet being investigated within the business is made available from other FP7 DISCERN partners. Research and demonstration sites and simulations support decisions on how networks are built, managed and operated. Knowledge of such factors as systems architecture, use cases & Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), semantic models and Common Information Model, is improved across operational and innovation areas of the business, as well as ICT, such that it is possible to take a view on the potential development, relevance and applicability of such approaches within the business from a BAU perspective. SSEN has successfully met all of its obligations as a project partner in the FP7 DISCERN project, and ensured that project outputs do not go against GB interests, specifically those forming recommendations to standards authorities.


NIA £100,026

Start/end date

2013 – 2016

Project Manager

Sarah Rigby