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EPSRC Reference: GR/T28836/01
Title: SUPERGEN Highly Distributed Power Systems Consortium
Principal Investigator: Infield, Professor D
Other Investigators:
McDonald, Professor Sir J Jenkins, Professor N Strbac, Professor G
McArthur, Professor S Hammond, Professor GP Galloway, Professor S
Williams, Professor B W Ristic, Dr M Finney, Professor SJ
Boardman, Dr B Burt, Professor GM Ault, Dr G
Winnett, Dr A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr M Thomson
Project Partners:
Intelligent Power Systems ltd Rolls-Royce Plc (UK) Scottish Power
Turbo Genset Company Ltd
Department: Electronic, Electrical & Systems Enginee
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2005 Ends: 30 September 2009 Value (£): 2,566,609
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Conventional Power Electronics
Power Sys Man, Prot & Control Power Systems Plant
Sustainable Energy Networks
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It is widely anticipated that the power systems of 2030-50 will exhibit vast numbers of small distributed energy resources (DERs) including generators, energy storage devices and controllable loads. Such growth will be seen in the context of displacing existing large generators. The proposed research programme investigates the concepts of coordinating many small DERs such that they contribute to (and are rewarded for) the effective operation of the power system, and thereby contribute to the goals of sustainability and security. Such an arrangement is termed a highly distributed power system (HDPS). A systems approach adopted by the consortium will support the development of modular solutions and methods to enable the realisation of HDPS, and allow the realisation of rigorous analysis methods for integrated technical, economic and environmental appraisal of such systems. The work is structured to address the conceptual design and simulation, frameworks for operation and appraisal, and integration requirements and device-network interfaces for HDPS. And as a result the research will identify desirable device characteristics, coordination concepts, evaluation mechanisms, market structures and strategies, and engineered modular interface solutions. Fundamentally, the work will identify whether the network support functions should be provided by the effective coordination of millions of low cost distributed sources or should they be concentrated in larger dedicated items of equipment? Effective engagement with industry will allow this consortium to promote innovation to realise the benefits of a future sustainable energy system.
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