Honeywell has unveiled a new smart grid project in the Thames Valley area west of London, UK.

It will help Scottish marine developer SSE connect up to 30 commercial and industrial buildings in the area to reduce electricity consumption, helping to alleviate the potential for future transmission and distribution bottlenecks as the peak demand for energy grows.

Recently, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) was awarded a £30m New Thames Valley Vision (NTVV) project by UK energy regulator Ofgem.

Under the terms of the contract, Honeywell will install automated demand response technology in the selected facilities.

The utility will cut peak electricity use, as well as reduce the strain on local networks and substations, which are nearing capacity. In addition, it will also create a more robust, agile grid without the disruption and expense that sometimes accompany major infrastructure upgrades.

NTVV project director at SSEPD Stewart Reid said: "NTVV has the potential to revolutionise our existing networks, and help us to manage resources and equipment more effectively as the UK heads toward a low-carbon economy."

Honeywell expects the full-scale project will give the utility the ability to reduce about 10MW of energy use when necessary.

As part of the agreement with Ofgem, SSE and Honeywell will also publish details on the project and its impact to provide insight for other distribution network operators across the UK.