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EPSRC Reference: EP/M507131/1
Title: Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES)
Principal Investigator: CIPCIGAN, Dr LM
Other Investigators:
Jenkins, Professor N Rana, Professor O
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor P Burnap
Project Partners:
Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: Cardiff University
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 January 2015 Ends: 31 December 2017 Value (£): 345,145
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency Energy Storage
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies Transport Systems and Vehicles
Energy
Related Grants:
EP/M507143/1
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Summary on Grant Application Form
This project builds upon the Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems feasibility study (31737-230167) and demonstrates the

development, impact and business potential of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) integrating; building energy management,

renewable electricity generation, electric vehicles and battery storage systems. The project will manage the electricity use

of a range of sites, from single properties through to large commercial premises. The proposed management system uses

algorithm based predictive control to enable and optimise the active utilisation of multiple electric vehicle and domestic

storage batteries as an energy storage and generation resource. The project will demonstrate VPP functionality,

aggregating the disparate energy distributed energy resources to provide wider network ancillary support services, such as

peak shaving. This will reduce variability in electricity demand levels, cost and CO2 emissions, plus improve the UK grid

security of supply.

Energy storage is one of the eight great technologies identified by the government to propel the UK to future growth (David

Willetts MP, Policy Exchange, 2013). The RCUK Review of Energy in 2010 highlights that R&D into energy storage has the

potential to yield high levels of decarbonisation beyond 2030. The TSB (Energy Supply Strategy, 2012) states that battery

related R&D within the energy and transport sectors is a UK priority that will benefit from public investment.
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