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The Microgrid Facility's function is to develop and demonstrate the next step in sharing electric energy, with a focus on creating and testing solutions to technical issues in developing improved inverter control, management of voltage control and protection strategies.
Electricity is the heartbeat of modern society, which means power engineers play a significant role in almost every aspect of a modern lifestyle.
Power engineers work to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable supply and consumption of electricity. They're the people responsible for planning, designing, constructing and operating the infrastructure that generates, transports, distributes and consumes electricity.
Without power engineers there would be no lights, no TV, no computers or mobile phones, no appliances. Today’s society would simply not know how to function without them.
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The aim of this project is to reduce the cost of network delivery of electricity though a reduced network build. The cost of the network is balanced against the cost of reliability of supply. The key developments are optimisation of investment considering batteries, etc, combined with customer load response and explicit inclusion of the uncertainties of load growth and in the response level of the customer loads.
The project combines skills of power engineering optimisation, software systems and social science. Most of the demand response programs globally have focused on a pure economic incentive for variation of customer load. This project aims to make use of recent findings on the benefits of combining community engagement with the incentives.
New topologies optimised for co-located grid connected photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems
When a grid connected photovoltaic (PV) system and battery storage are co-located, many advantages can be gained by sharing and optimising the grid connection power electronics (DC-DC converters and DC-AC inverters).
The specific aims of this project are to identify existing, and then develop and compare new, system topologies and configurations, for grid connecting co-located PV and (battery) storage in the low voltage AC distribution network. Different optimal solutions including new solutions are expected for single and three phase systems, for varying power levels from one kilowatt to one megawatt, and for varying load shapes (for example, residential vs commercial).
The project aims to develop a new framework to support the successful deployment of resilient ‘prosumer-based’ energy systems. The increasing deployment of new energy technologies, such as solar photovoltaics, wind turbines, and battery and other energy storages, challenges the current operating regimes of energy systems.
The proposed framework explores ways to integrate new technology into existing systems, focusing on new methods of energy management with interactions with millions of devices and storage units, and real-time communications to devices.
The solution to the existing explosion in distribution network costs is to develop customer-responsive solutions in demand management and use of storage. The aim of this project is to develop a framework for network costs that is driven by local congestion and therefore would reward customer-responsive solutions.
Our vision is that the aggregator would provide customers with communications and control equipment to automate the changes in responsiveness so that customer-generated load shifting would act to limit peaks.
Improving battery management systems to smooth the intermittent contribution of renewable energy sources to the grid
As the level of penetration of renewable energy sources into electrical grids increases, energy storage will play an increasingly important role in solving some of the technical challenges caused by the intermittent nature of the renewable sources.
The existing design methods for grid-scale battery management systems do not take into consideration the degradation of the battery banks. Therefore we aim to fill this gap by developing an electrochemical-based, degradation-conscious, battery management system.
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- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- ETH Zurich
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- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids
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- Tsinghua University
- TU Dortmund
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- University of Duisburg-Essen
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