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EPSRC Reference: EP/Y025946/1
Title: Global Centers Track 1: Electric Power Innovation for a Carbon-free Society (EPICS)
Principal Investigator: O'Malley, Professor M M
Other Investigators:
Green, Professor RJ Spyrou, Dr E Britton, Dr JS
Teng, Dr F Pinson, Professor P Bell, Professor KRW
Bialek, Dr JW Chaudhuri, Dr B
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Energy Systems Integration Group Global PST Consortium
Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 November 2023 Ends: 31 October 2028 Value (£): 5,336,549
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Sustainable Energy Networks
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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The EPICS centre's vision is to become the global scientific leader in the development of the solutions for transitioning Towards a 100% Renewable Energy (T100RE) power grids. The centre is meant to be a global multidisciplinary cradle-to-grave innovation and implementation ecosystem engaging industry, policy and public stakeholders and accelerating transfer of the developed solutions. The need for both global and multi-stakeholder partnerships is instrumental for developing and implementing sound engineering, economic, computational and policy methods in time to achieve aggressive climate goals, while averting unnecessarily costly and wasteful practices and delays.

Transitioning Towards a 100% Renewable Energy (T100RE) power grid is critical for both decarbonisation of the global electric power sector which is responsible for 42% of the global carbon emissions, and for supporting climate-critical decarbonisation of other economic sectors and energy end uses (e.g., transportation, heating and cooling, and industry). The EPICS Centre formed a community of academic leaders from Australia (University of Melbourne, Monash University, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), UK (Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, Strathclyde University, Newcastle University) and US (Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Tech, UC Davis, Resources for the Future) to execute the proposed research agenda and established partnerships with three global organizations - Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium, Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) and Future Power Forum Market (FPFM) - who committed their own resources to support the EPICS Centre's implementation agenda, that is translation of research discoveries into practice, education and workforce development, and public outreach.

The EPICS Centre blurs the bounds between the traditionally separated academic and industry research activities in the global clean-energy community, and offers a multi- disciplinary research response to address, jointly with G-PST, ESIG and FPFM, the gaps in efficiency, reliability, resiliency, and sustainability of T100RE power grids of the future.
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