HubNet: Research Leadership and Networking for Energy Networks

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Abstract

Achieving the decarbonisation of the economy while maintaining the security and reliability of the energy supply will require a profound transformation of the networks used to transport energy into and within the country. While the need is clear, the final shape of these networks is not and getting there will require a considerable amount of research. The creation of a hub will catalyse and focus the research on energy networks in the UK. In particular, this hub will provide research leadership in the field through the publication of in-depth position papers written by leaders in the field and the organisation of workshops and other mechanisms for the exchange of ideas between researchers and between researchers, industry and the public sector. It will also spur the development of innovative solutions by sponsoring speculative research in uncharted areas.The activities of the members of the hub will focus on five areas that have been identified as key to the development of future energy networks:- Design of smart grids, in particular the application of communication technologies to the operation of electricity networks and the harnessing of the demand-side for the control and optimisation of the power system.- Development of a mega-grid that would link the UK's energy network to renewable energy sources off shore, across Europe and beyond.- Research on how new materials (such as nano-composites, ceramic composites and graphene-based materials) can be used to design power equipments that are more efficient and more compact. - Development of new techniques to study the interaction between multiple energy vectors and optimally coordinate the planning and operation of energy networks under uncertainty.- Management of transition assets: while a significant amount of new network equipment will need to be installed in the coming decades, this new construction is dwarfed by the existing asset base. It is thus essential to study how the life of existing equipment can be extended under what is likely to be more extreme conditions. Investigators from Imperial College and the universities of Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Southampton and Strathclyde will form the core of this hub. However, other academics carrying out research in energy networks or related topics as well as industrial companies and public bodies will be encouraged to become associated members of HubNet and to contribute to its activities in setting a research agenda and seeking opportunities to collaborate in additional research and development activities.

Planned Impact

HubNet will provide leadership to the energy networks research community through the delivery of position papers written by senior academics who are recognised leaders in this field. These papers will define important research questions and outline possible paths to solutions. HubNet will support the UK power sector in implementing a paradigm shift in network control, in developing interconnected undersea networks of unprecedented scale and complexity and in developing techniques to optimise significant network investment. Systems-level energy infrastructure optimisation together with the integration of communication and energy network infrastructures present critical challenges for the future of energy networks in the UK and beyond. These challenges could be turned into an important commercial opportunity for the UK to gain early experience and lead system integration of advanced future grid technologies (especially the intermittency integration aspects of smart grids), and contribute to creating a new international industry that provides skilled UK-based jobs. The development of North Sea grids is another commercial opportunity where the UK could lead. Europe is home to all the three companies able to supply subsea DC transmission systems. All have significant UK activities and one has its research, development and manufacturing in the UK. Existing links formed by members of the HubNet team will enable technology transfer for this very valuable domestic and export market. There is a wider and additional benefit to UK in installing more wind generation capacity than required domestically and exporting the resulting energy through continental-scale interconnection. HubNet will open new areas of research through two cohorts of ambitious doctoral projects. The first cohort will focus on highly speculative ideas that will bring more creative thinking into the field. The second cohort will be reserved for inter-disciplinary projects that will address knowledge gaps identified by the community and its partners. HubNet will facilitate knowledge exchanges between researchers working directly on energy networks and between those researchers and others working on technologies, concepts and techniques that could be applied to energy networks. Hubnet will also provide mechanisms for interactions between academic researchers and partners from various industrial sectors: energy network, electrical equipment manufacturers, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, system integrators and others. Finally, the research and networking activities of HubNet will attract a larger number of talented young researchers to the area at a time where there is a great and acknowledged need for such people.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Details of achievements are in the HubNet Annual Report of November 2015 submitted to the SuperGen High Level Group and the August 2016 report submitted to the SuperGen Review Panel.

Major findings cover optimal investment strategies for offshore grids, business case for smart grids, best-in-class properties of wine bandgap semiconductors, new material for HV insulation
Exploitation Route Variety of methods including recommendations to DECC / Ofgem, technology transfer to major manufacturers and spin out activity.
Sectors Energy

URL http://www.hubnet.org.uk
 
Description Findings from a variety of activities across the consortium have been used in preparation of technical standards and engineering recommendations. Material has been fed into IEC, Cigre Case studies of impact were written for the 2016 Review of the Supergen Programme. These included: 1) Field trial with UK Power Networks of power electronic devices for distribution network management. Operating principles and cost-benefit case originated in SuperGen work. Control algorithms were further developed for the trial. 2) Analysis and control design by a HubNet PhD student was used to support GE Grid (formerly Alstom Grid) in development of a new HVDC power converter design and for optimisation of those design for efficiency and footprint. 3) The Dynamic Transmission Investment Model (DTIM), developed and enhanced in HubNet, was used in formulating evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission that was instrumental in their overall conclusions on the value of "smart" technologies in reducing investment costs in electricity networks. 4) Advances in analytical models for combined gas and electricity networks in HubNet and the Top and Tail project led to new tools, known as CGEN+, used with industrial and public sector clients to examine planning and operation of networks. 5) Real option values were used to analysis the economic value of demand-side repose and other smart technologies and was developed into a methodology for pricing contracts for services. Electricity North West has made use of this methodology. Since the 2016 review the following additional impacts have arisen. Prof Jianzhong Wu and his team working in Top and Tail and HubNet created modelling environments for multi-vector energy systems (COGEN and COGEN+) which enabled analysis of performance and planning of future systems and were detailed as a case study for the 2016 Supergen review. The new impact is a £24M demonstration project, FLEXIS, to trial the technologies developed. The demo area is within the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council area covering a population of 140,000 people. The area has a variety of distributed generation that includes approximately 690 MW of operational onshore wind farms, solar photovoltaics, biomass and gas turbines. A further 2,175 MW of distributed generation is either under construction or consented. This demonstration will investigate the synergies between well-established electricity and gas networks and optional district heating networks, and will also investigate effective business cases between Tata (the largest energy consumer) and the surrounding communities to share/trade electricity/gas/heat and capitalise on the flexibilities generated from such synergies through enhanced grid service provision. The FUN-LV project run by UK Power Networks, with Imperial College as a partner, was a field trial of power electronics solutions to releasing capacity in low voltage networks. The project stemmed from work conducted by Prof Tim Green in Top and Tail and before that, FlexNet. It was used as an impact case study in last year's Supergen review. Since then the trial has reached a successful conclusion and gone on to win various awards including the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) "Power Innovation Award in 2016" and Business Green "Green IT Project of the Year 2017" (having previously won a Utility Week Industry Innovation Award in 2015). Prof Goran Strbac's work on long-term investment planning analysis in electricity networks continues to be influential among policy makers. He and his team were authors of (i) "An analysis of electricity system flexibility for Great Britain", November 2016 for the Carbon Trust and (ii) "Roadmap for Flexibility Services to 2030", May 2017 for the Committee on Climate Change. The latter report was extensively cited in the Committee on Climate Change's 2017 Report to Parliament "Meeting Carbon Budgets: Closing the policy gap" on how improved flexibility would reduce the costs of electricity networks. https://www.theccc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-Report-to-Parliament-Meeting-Carbon-Budgets-Closing-the-policy-gap.pdf. Prof Keith Bell led three items of policy impact: (i) A joint HubNet and UKERC position paper "A Review and Synthesis of Low Carbon Networks Fund projects" written by K Bell, S McArthur and D Frame, August 2016 was widely cited by Poyry in its review of LCNF for Ofgem. https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2016/11/evaluation_of_the_lcnf_0.pdf (ii) A response in January 2017 to an Ofgem/BEIS call for evidence on energy system flexibility. http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/news/ukerc-response-to-beis-ofgem-call-for-evidence-on-a-smart-flexible-energy-system-.html (iii) A review of Networks Options Assessment software and data for National Grid. http://www2.nationalgrid.com/UK/Industry-information/Future-of-Energy/Network-Options-Assessment/
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Energy
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description "Delivering future-proof energy infrastructure": report for the National Infrastructure Commission
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact The report to the National Infrastructure Commission provided quantitative evidence based on advanced modelling, on the value of flexibility for the infrastructure in the future decarbonised energy system. Smart power - principally built around three innovations, interconnection, storage, and demand flexibility - could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UK's energy supply for generations.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-power-a-national-infrastructure-commission-report
 
Description Analysis of alternative UK heat decarbonisation pathways
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/analysis-of-alternative-uk-heat-decarbonisation-pathways/
 
Description CfD State-Aid Evidence
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Evidence sought and delivered on whether UK government's Electricity Market Reform and specifically the Contracts-For-Difference arrangements for nuclear new build comply with state-aid rules.
URL http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/studies_reports/green_staffell_en.pdf
 
Description Co-chair of EU Action Cluster on Sustainable Districts and Built Environment (Market Place of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities)
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
URL http://www.eu-smartcities.eu/sustainable-districts-and-built-environment
 
Description Coordinate Offshore Grid Development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Demand-Side Response
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/energy-and-climate-...
 
Description Energy Research Partnership: Contribution to quantifying the importance of flexibility in low carbon generation systems
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Contribution to quantifying the importance of flexibility in low carbon generation systems
 
Description IET Power Networks Joint Vision
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Infrastructure for Low-Carbon Energy Systems
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Report submitted as evidence to Committee on Climate Change. Stimulated additional investment in funding for low carbon infrastructure technology
URL http://www.element-energy.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CCC-Infrastructure_TD-Report_22...
 
Description Integrated Transmission Planning and Regulation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publications/52727/imperialcambridgeitprreport.
 
Description International Energy Agency, Energy Efficient End-use equipment, 4E, Power Electronic Conversion Technology Annex PECTA
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Overall Goal The overall goal of PECTA includes collecting and analysing information about new wide band gap (WBG) based power electronic devices, coordinating internationally acceptable approaches that promote WBG-based power electronics and developing greater understanding and action amongst governments and policy makers. Specific Goals (a) Collecting and analysing information on new WBG-based power electronics as energy efficient technology (b) Share expertise and pool resources on this energy efficient technology (also including e.g. hosting of open forums and building collaborative networks as well as gathering and ex-change information) (c) Coordinating internationally acceptable government approaches that promote WBG-based power electronics. (d) Developing greater understanding and promote government actions that encourage the use of WBG-based power electronics. (e) Accompanying and supporting international standardization public organizations (specifically IEC).
URL https://edna.iea-4e.org/
 
Description Member of DECC Panel of Technical Experts for Electricity Market Reform implementation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
Impact Scrutinising implementation of the Electricity Market Reform
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/324976/EMR_Panel_s_Final_R...
 
Description Member of Ofgem RIIO2 Challenging Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Grids EU Technology Platform
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Open Networks Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Report: Strategic Assessment of the Role and Value of Energy Storage Systems in the UK Low Carbon Energy Future.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Raised the awareness of the value of storage in progressing to a low carbon energy system.
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/energy-futures-lab/research/our-projects/reports--briefing-papers/energy-s...
 
Description Review of LCNF
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The HubNet/UKERC position paper was widely cited by Poyry in its review of LCNF for Ofgem. This in turn has influenced Ofgem in setting the rules and guidance for the incentives on electricity and gas network companies to run innovation projects that deploy technologies to improve customer service and promote integration of low-carbon technologies.
URL https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/system/files/docs/2016/11/evaluation_of_the_lcnf_0.pdf
 
Description Value of baseload capacity in low-carbon GB electricity system
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact The main objective of this study was to assess the need for baseload low-carbon technologies in the decarbonised UK power system over the coming decades. It therefore adopts the concept of marginal value of baseload capacity and quantifies how this value varies across a range of scenarios with different carbon constraints, system flexibility levels and other parameters. In a system with low flexibility level significant amount of CCS capacity will be required to meet the carbon emission target.
 
Description A Framework for Designing Prognostic Systems
Amount £96,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M008320/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 11/2015
 
Description Advanced Communication and Control for the Prevention of Blackouts
Amount £979,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K036173/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description Development of Dynamic Demand Models in DIgSILENT PowerFactory
Amount £212,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ofgem Office of Gas and Electricity Markets 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description HOME-Offshore: Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farm
Amount £3,048,221 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P009743/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2016 
End 04/2020
 
Description High Current Module and Technologies Optimised for HVDC
Amount £1,016,809 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L021579/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 12/2018
 
Description High Energy And Power Density (HEAPD) Solutions to Large Energy Deficits
Amount £1,005,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K036211/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 06/2017
 
Description HubNet Flexi Grants
Amount £372,637 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N030028/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 09/2018
 
Description IODiCUS - Interoperable Secure digital Control Unit for Localised Energy System Distributed Energy Management
Amount £650,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 102001 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 06/2016
 
Description Innovation in Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) Systems
Amount £25,037,480 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 10/2021
 
Description LCE-05-2017 - Tools and technologies for coordination and integration of the European energy system
Amount € 4,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 774309 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 10/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description Low Carbon Network Fund
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Organisation Ofgem Office of Gas and Electricity Markets 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description MTVN: Multi-Terminal VSC-HVDC Networks - Grid Control
Amount £535,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L021463/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 10/2017
 
Description Modelling, Optimisation and Design of Conversion for Offshore Renewable Energy (UK-China MOD-CORE)
Amount £809,108 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R007756/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 06/2020
 
Description Role of energy storage in enhancing operation and stability performance of sustainable power systems (RESTORES)
Amount £1,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L014351/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 06/2016
 
Description Towards Enhanced HVDC Cable Systems
Amount £111,400 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/L021560/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 07/2018
 
Description Ultra-high voltage (>30KV) power devices through superior materials for HVDC transmission
Amount £726,523 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P017363/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 06/2020
 
Description Underpinning Power Electronics switch optimisation Theme
Amount £1,194,288 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R00448X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description CFD - Modelling of OHL conductors 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Dr Kopsidas and Mr Rahman have developed the modelling of multi-physics on Finite-Element-Analysis of overhead line conductors to quantify the error on existing thermal rating of bare conductor standards. This work has focused on identifying the thermal loading of the bare conductor.
Collaborator Contribution Dr Rolfo and colleagues in Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Warrington, have further evaluated the work using an open source Finite Element Analysis tool to capture the Effects of large scale 3-D structures on the flow around a heated cylinder at low Reynolds number. This was the validation of CFD modelling results to verify that the team in Manchester produces accurate results when more physics are included in their models.
Impact A paper has been submitted in a conference : DLES11 - ERCOFTAC Workshop on Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation and it has been invited for submission in special issue (15 papers out of 122). Invited paper is still under review on the Flow, Turbulence and Combustion (FTaC) journal. The work is multi-disciplinary as it involves Fluid Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering) and Electro-thermal joule heating (Electrical Engineering) as well as computational skills.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Interaction with HubNet 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Chemistry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing insights regarding the role of storage in future electricity grids.
Collaborator Contribution Providing insights regarding the integration of storage in future electricity grids, in particular smart grids.
Impact Informed the modelling activities for WP1.
Start Year 2012
 
Description NG - Overhead Line testing 
Organisation National Grid Transco
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Kopsidas modelling on Overhead line conductor ageing has been able to capture accelerated ageing due to thermal and tension loading. The work is further developed to capture the mechanical fatigue due to the vibration and other electro-mechanical stresses.
Collaborator Contribution National Grid funded a test rig for conductors that can be used to quantify the ageing (experimentally) under electro-mechanical stresses.
Impact A paper is under development.
Start Year 2017
 
Description National Grid - HubNet Support 
Organisation The National Grid Co plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Fundamental research showcased and used as seed for innovation projects within National Grid and in particular, project proposals under Ofgem's NIC and NIA schemes.
Collaborator Contribution Advice to individual researchers across the consortium through participation in project review meetings.
Impact .
Start Year 2012
 
Description SP - Wind cable loading 
Organisation Scottish Power Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Dr Kopsidas and Mr Liu have developed a detailed modelling of cable operation and ageing that quantifies the ageing of network cables as a result of loading under uncertainties. This modelling approach has been shared and used during this collaboration in a real system with data that provided by SPEN to evaluate any benefits that can be generated on increasing wind integration via relaxing the cable rating constraints.
Collaborator Contribution The Scottish Power Energy Networks team (Geoff Murphy, David Ruthven) and WSP (Ali Kazerooni) provided the real case application data of a wind farm cable installation. Further details of the wind farm are described by NIA_SPEN0003: Enhanced Real-Time Cable Temperature Monitoring project. The provided data are used to assess the value of the methodology on identifying potential risk of cable ageing and benefits from increased wind integration on the cable tie.
Impact An academic journal paper is under review in special issue for increasing wind integration (IEEE Trans in Power systems)
Start Year 2016
 
Description SP Power Systems Limited 
Organisation SP Power Systems Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Voltage Source Converter Technology Consultancy 
Organisation Alstom
Department Alstom Grid
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Analysed the core design trade-offs in various modular power converter topologies and established the key characteristics of each topology. Created a control scheme and a real-time implementation in order to demonstrate viability of operation of these topologies.
Collaborator Contribution Provide detailed design data and constraints to facilitate analysis
Impact 5 jointly authored patents have been filed and examined. Control software has been created
Start Year 2010
 
Title CGEN and CGEN+ 
Description The CGEN and CGEN+ models help network companies and policy makers better understand the complexities and technical implications of interactions between multi-vector energy systems at the transmission level alongside the potential costs and policy strategies.An upgraded model, CGEN+, now includes transmission network expansion planning. In the planning time frame, the model determines the reinforcement of both the gas and electricity transmission networks in parallel (e.g. new gas pipes and electricity transmission capacity) while establishing the optimal location of new generation plants in the system. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Prof Jianzhong Wu and his team working in Top and Tail and HubNet created modelling environments for multi-vector energy systems (CGEN and CGEN+) which enabled analysis of performance and planning of future systems and were detailed as a case study for the 2016 Supergen review. The new impact is a £24M demonstration project, FLEXIS, to trial the technologies developed. The demo area is within the Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council area covering a population of 140,000 people. The area has a variety of distributed generation that includes approximately 690 MW of operational onshore wind farms, solar photovoltaics, biomass and gas turbines. A further 2,175 MW of distributed generation is either under construction or consented. This demonstration will investigate the synergies between well-established electricity and gas networks and optional district heating networks, and will also investigate effective business cases between Tata (the largest energy consumer) and the surrounding communities to share/trade electricity/gas/heat and capitalise on the flexibilities generated from such synergies through enhanced grid service provision. 
 
Title Decentralised Control for Soft Open Points 
Description A suite of algorithms and a supervisory control were created for dispatching the real and reactive power of a liar of back-to-back power converter (or a three way connection) so as the balance power flow or correct voltage error among a group of feeders to substations in a low voltage (400V) distribution network. The algorithms are decentralised that they use local measurements predominantly supplemented with a few remote measurements communicated at low bandwidth. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The FUN-LV project run by UK Power Networks, with Imperial College as a partner, was a field trial of power electronics solutions to releasing capacity in low voltage networks. The project stemmed from work conducted by Prof Tim Green in Top and Tail and before that, FlexNet. It was used as an impact case study in last year's Supergen review. Since then the trial has reached a successful conclusion and gone on to win various awards including the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) "Power Innovation Award in 2016" and Business Green "Green IT Project of the Year 2017" (having previously won a Utility Week Industry Innovation Award in 2015). 
 
Description 2017 IEEE PowerTech 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the new methodology for quantifying the security contribution of energy storage and demand side response
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Applied Energy UNiLAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Applied Energy Global UNiLAB of Multi-Energy Microgrid is an international virtual lab of collective intelligence, in order to enhance international collaboration for scientific excellence and demonstrate innovative technologies in Multi-Energy Microgrids. It is a joint initiative by the Applied Energy UNiLAB of Distributed Energy & Microgrid (DEM) and the UNiLAB of Synergies between Energy Networks.
Multi-energy Microgrids are able to make a good use of local distributed energy resources, especially renewable energy, optimize the synergies between different energy systems (e.g. electricity, gas, heating and cooling systems), enable the applications of novel techniques (e.g. Peer to Peer energy sharing or trading) and provide services to other Microgrids or to the bulk energy networks. Multi-energy Microgrids have the potential to change the paradigm of the whole energy system.
Prof. Jianzhong Wu is one of the Co-Directors of this UNiLAB and disseminated the research output of the IOSM project, HubNEt and the OPEN project through this UNilAB.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Benefits of Smart Grids in Future Low-carbon Electricity Systems, Berlin, European Institute of Innovation and Technology - Smart Energy Summer School,August 2013. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of Benefits of Smart Grids in Future Low-carbon Electricity Systems and discussion afterwards

Higher interest in the topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Benefits of Smart Grids in Future Low-carbon Electricity Systems, IKEM Summer Academy on Socio-Economic Opportunities and Drivers on the way to a Low-Carbon Society,Guildford, July 2011. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation of Benefits of Smart Grids in Future Low-carbon Electricity Systems and discussion afterwards

Higher interest in the topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://ikemsummeracademy.de/history/
 
Description Broadcast interview for BBC Radio 4 Fonrtiers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Broadcast interview - no direct feedback or follow up

None to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description CIRED Conference - Flexibility from distributed energy resources: generation, storage and responsive demand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presenting modelling related to importance of flexibility and smart operation in future low carbon energy systems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Chair of a panel on multi-vector in ICAE17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Chair of Panel "Synergies between Energy Networks" in 9th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE), Cardiff, UK, 22 Aug, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IEEE Power and Energy Society - General Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Setting out Market design requirements for Energy Storage and flexible demand
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Impact of High Penetrations of Electric Vehicles on the Electricity System, Croatian Committee of CIRED - Seminar on the impact of electro-mobility on distribution grid and power system, Zagreb, November 2012. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of Impact of High Penetrations of Electric Vehicles on the Electricity System and discussion afterwards

Higher interest in the topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Keynote in Beihai 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Keynote Speech entitled "Robust Analysis of Smart Distribution Networks" in 2nd International symposium on smart grid methods, tools and technologies, Weihai, China, 4-7 July, 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote in an international conference in Shenyang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Keynote Speech entitled "Synergies between Multi-Energy Networks" in the 33rd Annual Conference of Electric Power and Automation, Shenyang, China, 14th Oct 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote on VESS in Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Keynote Speech entitled "Virtual Energy Storage Systems for Power System Frequency Response" in 2017 China International Electrical and Energy Conference, Beijing, China, 26th Oct, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Panel discussion at Cheltenham Science Festival 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel discussion was held on the topic of "Updating the Grid: Integrating Renewable Energy". This was event S143 of the Cheltenham Science Festival. Panelists were Prof Tim Green (HubNet PI), Carl Barker (GE Grid Solutions and HubNet advisory board member) and Julia Davenport (Good Energy). Panelists gave introductory remarks on ways in which electricity grids are changing in terms of use and technology and then answers questions from the audience. Audience was between 100 and 150. Discussions continued for sometime after the official end of the event. Audience were embers of the public and some school groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Participate in ETP on Smart grids - General Assembly 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Gave Keynote speech on "The need for a fundamental review of electricity networks reliability standards"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Participate in European Energy Market Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave Keynote talk on "Facilitating cost effective transition to a lower carbon energy system: Challenges for future Market Design"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Renewable, Flexible and Resilient Energy Grids 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The central theme of this conference was to discuss how to obtain the right mix between flexibility and robustness necessary to operate energy systems with greater presence of renewable generation in a reliable and resilient way, considering several sources of uncertainty in the short and long term. The focus was on latest advances in the use of innovative forms of operation and in the design of electrical systems (including new technologies such as storage and demand control), market instruments and appropriate policies for this new context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cesworkshop.cl/18/es/inicio
 
Description UK - China Future Energy workshop in Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on "Ancillary service requirement and optimisation in the future low carbon system" and the message was well received by the audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UNiLAB Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Chair of Panel "UNiLAB of Distributed Energy and Microgrids" in International Symposium of Renewable Energy Integration through Mini/Microgrids (REM), Cardiff, UK, 19th Oct, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UNiLAB panel in Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Chair of Round Table "Applied Energy UNiLAB" in 2017 China International Electrical and Energy Conference, Beijing, China, 26th Oct, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description US-UK Grid-Scale Energy Storage Workshop, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, March 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The meeting provided a forum to compare and contrast the respective national activities and perspectives on grid-scale energy storage.

Participants had the opportunity to review and discuss in detail state of the art advancements in these areas with experts from U.S. National Laboratories, Universities and Industry from both continents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://bestar.lbl.gov/news/lawrence-berkeley-national-laboratory-hosts-the-u-s-u-k-grid-scale-energy...
 
Description Urban Innovation in Brazil Partnership Building Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited by the InnovateUK and Scottish Power Energy Networks, joined the "Urban Innovation in Brazil Partnership Building Visit" organized by Newton Fund and KTN, and as one of the 14 UK delegated, visited Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte during 21st - 27th Jan 17
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop on nexus of smart energy, intelligent manufacturing and transportation systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Setting research agenda for future intelligent manufacturing and transportation systems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019