SUPERGEN HDPS - CORE

Lead Research Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Department Name: Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Abstract

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.

Publications

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Alajmi B (2013) A Maximum Power Point Tracking Technique for Partially Shaded Photovoltaic Systems in Microgrids in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

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Alajmi B (2013) Single-Phase Single-Stage Transformer less Grid-Connected PV System in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

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Anderson L (2012) Assessment of the impact of different energy mixes in local decentralised energy networks in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy

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Baker P (2013) Compositional Modeling of Partial Discharge Pulse Spectral Characteristics in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement

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Bergman N (2013) Why is renewable heat in the UK underperforming? A socio-technical perspective in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy

 
Description The HiDEF project's stated aim is to design the "future power system that delivers sustainability and security through the widespread deployment of distributed energy resources and thus contributes to national and international ambition for a low carbon future." New research tools and extensive computational results have been provided to assist the industry and also other academic researchers take forward this technology.
Exploitation Route Since the research was completed, this research has been used by the industry and regulators to take forward policy.
Sectors Energy

URL http://www.supergen-hidef.info/Pages/Home.aspx
 
Description Our research findings have been used by electrcity sector companies, in particular Scottish Power, and SSE. The value of our research has also been recognised by OFGEM and DECC.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Energy
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Joint research with Imperial College London 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from Imperial College London
Start Year 2009
 
Description Joint research with LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY 
Organisation Loughborough University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Start Year 2007
 
Description Joint research with University of Bath 
Organisation University of Bath
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from University of Bath
Start Year 2009
 
Description Joint research with University of Cardiff 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from University of Cardiff
Start Year 2009
 
Description Joint research with University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from University of Oxford
Start Year 2009
 
Description Joint research with University of Oxford 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution University of Strathclyde researchers worked on this project with researchers from University of Oxford
Start Year 2009