NaREC announced it was to become the leading high-voltage measurement laboratory in the UK last month, as it unveiled its new calibration laboratory and became the custodian of the UK’s High Voltage Reference Measurement Standards.

Based in Northeast England, NaREC’s High Voltage facility has tested high-voltage electrical equipment for customers in the UK and abroad for more than 30 years. Formerly part of VA TECH Reyrolle, the laboratory has a longstanding reputation for service delivery and customer care, continued under its new operations as part of NaREC.

As the custodian of the high-voltage reference measurement standards for the UK, a role formerly held by the National Physical Laboratory, NaREC’s new calibration laboratory will issue calibration certificates to the transmission and distribution industry. The UK National Grid and other network authorities worldwide must seek out the best electrical components as they carry out network upgrades, and upholding high standards in calibration accuracy is the only way to ensure long-lasting quality and efficient energy trading.

Fixed, high-quality standards for measurement and calibration for electrical components will be especially important for the electrical industry over the next decades as distributed generation plays an increasing role in grid systems around the world.