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EPSRC Reference: EP/G031681/1
Principal Investigator: Infield, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Fletcher, Professor JE Watson, Professor S Thomson, Dr M
McGregor, Professor P Ekanayake, Dr J McManus, Professor MC
Winnett, Dr A Williams, Professor B W Finney, Professor SJ
Bell, Professor KRW Eyre, Professor N Burt, Professor GM
Hammond, Professor GP Ault, Dr G Galloway, Professor S
Kockar, Dr I Jenkins, Professor N Cockerill, Professor TT
Green, Prof. T Strbac, Professor G Kelly, Dr N
Johnstone, Mr C Ristic, Dr M
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr CN Jardine
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Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2009 Ends: 30 September 2013 Value (£): 4,177,322
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Sustainable Energy Networks
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The HiDEF consortium will explore highly decentralised energy futures. At the core of this is a sustainable electricity supply system that makes optimum use of decentralised assets and in which energy consumers participate actively in appropriately structured decentralised markets. This major change from the present arrangement, where most consumers are passive users of externally supplied energy services, will require new attitudes to energy and new ways working. The technical, market and social aspects of this transformation will be addressed in detail by the multi-disciplinary consortium that has been formed to embrace power system engineers, experts in electricity markets and researchers aware of the social and perceptual challenges.The technical developments that underpin the changes outlined above are the development of new high efficiency micro-CHP units (including the latest high temperature solid oxide fuel cells), the development of ever cheaper PV and micro-wind systems and the role out of smart electricity meters that will facilitate the involvement of even domestic consumers in demand side management. As time varying renewable sources become increasing prevalent in electricity supply, both in the form of small decentralised generators, and in the form of major offshore wind farms, tidal and wave energy installations, the role of highly decentralised load management will become ever more important. In addition the power electronic interfaces of decentralised generators can be used to provide more than just power - with suitable control other important network services like local voltage control, and even system frequency control, can be contributed.The consortium builds on the important work undertaken by the Highly Distributed Power Systems (HDPS) project that established base line models for the new technologies, developed suitable scenarios, and developed the cell concept of delivery.
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