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EPSRC Reference: EP/D002133/1
Title: Integrated Energy Initiative: Innovative Power Networks, Demand/Supply side Integration and Nuclear Engineering
Principal Investigator: McDonald, Professor Sir J
Other Investigators:
Tyler, Mr P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Edinburgh University of Manchester, The
University of St Andrews
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Science & Innov Awards Pre FEC
Starts: 01 October 2005 Ends: 30 September 2010 Value (£): 2,730,749
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Conventional Energy - Nuclear
Fusion Power Sys Man, Prot & Control
Power Systems Plant
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The research streams to be undertaken by the new academic and research staff are as follows:Power System Operation, Management, Control and Protection:The definition and understanding of innovative, self-contained power systems (SCPS); adaptive protection methods for micro-grids and SCPS; power network protection and control system integration; distributed intelligence for system automation; investigation of the 'intelligent power network' concept; system-wide fault management; communications architectures and measurement methods; power electronic systems and their impacts on SCPS design and management.Demand Side & Supply Side Coordination and Energy Efficiency:Optimised demand and supply matching in self-contained power systems (SCPS); integration of small-scale, low carbon technologies (PV, ?CHP, ducted wind turbines, fuel cells etc) within load centres; energy efficiency methods and technologies to reduce demand for energy and to reshape the demand profile to better match available fuel and power; new frameworks to direct energy source selections; investigation of integrated modelling and simulation methods for both demand and supply domains; impact assessment on the urban environment; multiple criteria analysis of the economic, technical and design elements in energy systems.Nuclear Engineering Process Measurement and Control:Reactor and associated plant monitoring, asset management and life-time assessment; safe/optimised operation and control of existing nuclear plant generations; diagnostics for fission reactors including monitoring of reactor core integrity; investigation of graphite core behaviour and degradation characteristics; core structural integrity assessment; novel SCADA systems and intelligent diagnostic methods; novel sensors to monitor and control experimental fusion reactor operation; optical sensor materials capable of withstanding irradiation with enhanced dynamic ranges and sensitivities.We wish to build on these three themes in two major respects: the addition of complementary research; and, the combination of these three activities in order to establish an international centre of excellence in integrated energy systems research.
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