HubNet: Research Leadership and Networking for Energy Networks (Extension)

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

Abstract

The pace of increase in renewable energy use in UK electricity is impressive with 19% of electricity sourced from renewables in 2014 (DUKES 2015) and half of that being produced by wind turbines. Use of large quantities of variable generation sources has already caused changes to the way electricity networks are designed and operated but as penetration pushes onward to 30% and thence to 50%, it becomes significantly more challenging to maintain the stability and availability that people have come to expect. It is widely said that the resolution of this problem is offered by a smart grid but despite much discussion of smart grids there is still a lack for detailed specification of the intelligent and automated functions required to operate network of the future..An example smart grid feature is that, to a much greater extent than today, demand needs to be influenced to follow available generation. With the advent of half-hourly resolution of electricity bills, facilitated by smart meters, there is a mechanism in place to reward customers who make their consumption flexible and responsive to changes in electricity availability and price. In this example of "smart" technology there are very many questions over how exactly this might work, how people would engage with this technology and how coordination of millions of individual actions will add up to stable operation of the grid.

We set out to answer two broad questions. First, how exactly should new computational techniques help mange the future grid? Specifically how can we use decentralised control to perform demand-supply balancing (and voltage control, etc.) at a local level and facilitate coordination and collaboration between decentralised controllers. Also, as part of that, how do advances in data analytics help gain useful control information from the masses of data being produced in the system. Second, in this more complex system, how do we analyse the risk of a system failure and design in resilience to mitigate risk. Traditionally we have had good models of the probability of the failure of, say, a transformer. How can we analyse and design for the highly variable behaviour of customers' responses to short term electricity prices and the short term fluctuation of PV and wind energy. New design principles are needed to ensure continued high reliability of supply. Being smart about the use of decentralised control and the harnessing of newly available data is crucial to ensuring we provide an electricity system able to incorporate large amounts of renewable energy without burdening us with undue cost or degrading performance.

Alongside these specific technical ambitions, HubNet maintains its role in bringing together the many academic groups who can contribute, not just electrical power engineering but also computational sciences, energy economics and behavioural modelling. Further, our role is to be the conduit for the academic community to converse with the network operators and equipment vendors so as to keep our research relevant to the sector's major challenges and provide a route to demonstrate and deploy our findings. We will continue to help identify the key research questions for the community to address and we will continue to use our findings as evidence to support energy policy and regulation.

Planned Impact

We anticipate creating impact under the following headings


1. With the Technical Community
Following the pattern of the existing HubNet consortium, we will use position papers to elaborate what we collectively see as the research questions in key topic areas. In this extension to HubNet we will base the formulation of those positions on the outcomes of a number of 1-day research colloquia. The existing position papers have been very widely read, the first 9 having been downloaded 5,000 times in total.

The continuation of the Smart Grid Symposium will also ensure we have a single place each year where our disparate technologies are reviewed together, and our researchers are exposed to the whole cross-disciplinary community.

Our international academic impact will naturally arise through publications in leading journals and international conferences. Moreover our continued interaction with other research programs, such as RCUK's Energy Programme's joint projects Indian, Chinese and, shortly, Korea.


2. Research Translation and Innovation
HubNet universities, and their research programmes have been a significant source of analytical support to projects supported by the Low Carbon Network Fund and the new NIC/NIA funds. These activities have been the main conduit for creating industrial impact from HubNet's academic work. We will work with the ENA and exhibit at the LCNI conference to ensure this continues to be the case.

We will continue to contribute to the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum and the IET/DECC Future Power System Architect project to influence the sector's collective view on innovation. We will also continue to contribute to standards bodies, notably Cigre Technical Brouchures.


3. Wider Public Impact
We will use the HubNet website to continue to have a broader presence. Many HubNet academics contribute interviews of new and science output in broadcast and print media.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description HubNet (Extension) was a collection of sub-projects that are the result of a call and proposal process. We list here findings for the sub-projects.SMART-SAFE, Sequential modelling, analysis and reporting toolkit for system adequacy and flexibility: Trials of models have been carried out, with the most promising one selected from amongst various possible autoregressive options. A stochastic scheduling model has been created that minimises whole system costs by balancing security of supply against energy and provision of ancillary services.

Distributed Management of Flexible Demand in Dynamic Electricity Markets: The focus is on understanding how dynamic pricing algorithms can be used to manage flexible demand. The innovation achieved here moves beyond managing in fixed-time windows with full knowledge, to rolling windows and partial information that becomes available only in real time. An algorithm has been invented with guaranteed convergence under fairly general and realistic assumptions on electricity costs and pricing.

Risk assessment and costing of instability of uncertain power systems: A list of stability indicators and documented validation of their theoretical and practical robustness has been generated. Power system stability risk analysis is still an emerging topic so the system indicators that can be reliably simulated in a probabilistic manner for all aspects of power system stability must be identified and thoroughly validated.

Robust system planning under high-dimensional uncertainty.
We have developed a radically different planning model embedding stochastic unit commitment within a stochastic planning framework and optimizing investment in generation, networks and smart technologies in an integrated fashion. In order to solve such large-scale model decomposition, convexification techniques are currently under investigation. The obtained preliminary results are promising.

Blockchain based smart contracts for peer to peer energy trading using the GB smart metering system: A demonstration of blockchain contracts for energy has been formed and demonstrated live at "Smart Distribution Networks: Technologies and Business models" workshop, London, April 2017.

Life extension of MV cables through system voltage reduction: In situ measurements are currently being undertaken on live Scottish Power distribution circuits. This project seeks to extend the life of MV cables through changes to the operation of the network. A key ageing mechanism of cables is partial discharge (PD), driven by the electric field experienced by an insulation defect. It is hypothesised that, in particular situations, a reduction of the system voltage will reduce the electric field and hence PD, which will correspondingly extend the service life of the cable.

Microgrids for Resilience and Power Quality: To aid efficient system stability studies, a method of model order reduction has been created and verified for microgrids, recognising that in microgrids with the dynamic modes are less distinct and separate than in conventional systems. A set of innovative power converter options have been created for interfacing medium voltage micro-grids with embedded storage. The basic concept has been proven and a more detailed study has been initiated as a PhD project in the CDT on Future Power Networks. Prof Green has joined a CIRED work group on micro girds to aid dissemination of our findings.

DC Cables and Power Quality: Preliminary work on the impact AC distortion (harmonics) superimposed on DC voltage has on ageing of solid polymeric insulation has been carried out. Electrical tree initiation, acceleration and breakdown times in the frequency range of 50 to 450 Hz have been carried out. The results show a clear trend in decreasing tree initiation and breakdown times with increasing frequency which is an indicator of lifetime reduction of insulation system. The knowledge from the analysed data collected from the study will be used as base line understanding of insulation ageing in the material under study (epoxy resin). The findings here led Univeristy of Manchester to partner with Imperial College London and Univerisity of Stathclyde to propose a full research programme on the trade-offs and co-design of insulation systems and power converters with regard to DC power quality. The proposal was submitted in early 2019 and a fund decision is awaited.

Decentralised Control and Distributed Intelligence: The use of multi-agent tools and methodologies in power system networks is being explored through a direct collaboration with New York University on a multi-agent implementation of their epsilon decomposition distributed voltage regulation concept.
Exploitation Route Each sub-project has been required to produce a plan for creating impact and those plans will be actioned in the closing months of the project.
Sectors Energy

 
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 Cired Working Group on "Technical Requirements for the Operation of Microgrids in both Interconnected and lslanded Modes"
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The working group will publish a report setting out technical requirements as a recommended practice for designers and operators of microgrid equipment.
URL http://www.cired.net/cired-working-groups/microgrids-in-interconnected-and-islanded-modes-wg-2018-3
 
Description ETIP SNET - ENERGY SECTOR INTERFACES
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description ETIP SNET - GRID PLANNING COORDINATION ACROSS SYSTEM OPERATORS
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description European Technology & Innovation Platforms and Strategic Energy Technology Plan (2017)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member of Ofgem RIIO2 Challenging Group
Geographic Reach National 
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 Smart Systems Forum
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact BEIS and OFGEM developed plans to remove barriers, improve market and regulatory framework, catalyse innovation, and shape roles and responsibilities in the shift towards a smart, more flexible energy system which meets the needs of consumers and businesses now and in the future.
 
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 Alan Turing Institute Partnership Project Scheme
Amount £403,000 (GBP)
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country Unknown
Start 10/2018 
End 10/2018
 
Description Alan Turing Institute Strategic Priorities Fund
Amount £64,000 (GBP)
Organisation Alan Turing Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country Unknown
Start 11/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Centre for Digital Built Britain Research Network
Amount £46,990 (GBP)
Organisation Digital Built Britain 
Start 07/2018 
End 12/2018
 
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
 
Title Integrated model 
Description We have developed a novel stochastic integrated model for long term system planning  to identify the optimal investment portfolio across several types of generation and transmission asset, including flexible technologies such as energy storage. The model captures uncertainty in the form of a multi-stage scenario tree of arbitrary shape describing the possible evolution paths of certain system state variables i.e. future demand growth and storage investment cost. Our model includes important features: multiple investment options, a large number of scenarios, the ability to model construction times of different assets through non-sequential state equations, generation and storage retirement, a detailed description of inter-temporal constraints related to conventional generation units. Finally, the model incorporates user-defined constraints on carbon emissions. The resulting model is a large scale mixed-integer linear (MILP) problem and computationally extremely demanding. The use of discrete variables to describe the commitment of conventional generation units can result critical for the solution of even small size problems. However the problem has  been made tractable through a cascade of decomposed problems based on  state-of-the-art decomposition and tight relaxation schemes.   
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The modelling  of several investment options,  different sources of uncertainty combined with a detailed model of generation assets can considerably affect the resulting optimal investment mix highlighting the importance of flexibility in a decarbonised system. 
 
Title Rolling horizon distributed management algorithm for dynamic demand response 
Description We developed an algorithm for optimal allocation of flexible demand within a dynamic electricity market which is able to operate in a rolling-horizon set-up. This means that predicted allocations over a time-window (say of 24 hours), are renegotiated at each sampling interval (for instance every 15 minutes) and not assumed to be deployed entirely.The algorithm is remarkable in that, under suitable assumptions, is proved to converge (rather quickly) to the optimum allocation, even in this receding horizon set-up. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The research is still unpublished. We are carrying out case studies and submitting it to several journal and converence venues. 
 
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 Comparative analysis of HVDC and MVDC converters for fault management 
Organisation University of Leuven
Department Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT)
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof Green and Dr Judge have detail models and control designs that describe how families of multi-live power converters behave when network faults (short-ciruicts) are present at the DC- or AC-side terminals. This expertise has been used in the collaboration to explore how to categorise power converter designs (of which there are many) in terms of their ability to survive and management different types of fault with or without DC circuit-breakers.
Collaborator Contribution Prof van Herten's team at KU Leuven have system level models showing the impact of power converter behaviour on stability and fault recovery and AC and DC networks. During the collaboration the expertise of the two groups has been combined to create a classification and description of the various approaches available in the literature. Dr Leterme was seconded from KUL to Imperial for 6 months an carried out a detailed study of the accuracy for fault models, verified against experimental results obtained using Imperial's equipment. This is presently (Feb 2019) being written up for publication
Impact An academic paper is in drat and will be submitted shortly.
Start Year 2017
 
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 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 Strbac - National Grid 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The research team has brought new system theory insights to tackle some fundamental challenges in multi-stage stochastic Mixed Integer Linear Programming problems. The problem structure has been investigated and new modelling approaches have been proposed to deal with complex decision-making models under endogenous and exogenous uncertainties. The proposed approach applies to a very large class of problems.
Collaborator Contribution Goran Strbac's extensive experience with long-term scenario definition and large-scale studies, that have informed policy decisions at the UK and European level, has contributed in ensuring that the proposed methodological and technical contribution is suitable to be used in informing the debate on optimal planning under uncertainty.
Impact The present collaboration is multi-disciplinary since Falugi's background is in control systems, Konstantelos' background is in power systems, Vinter is an expert in optimal control theory and our collaborator Goran Strbac has an extensive experience in economics, long term scenario definition and large case studies. The collaboration has resulted in a publication with DOI: 10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2774367 and in the participation of Ioannis Konstantelos in the IEEE PES Task Force on Energy Storage and in IEEE PES General Meeting 2017 in Chicago.
Start Year 2016
 
Description AMPS panel session 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ioannis Konstantelos participated in the AMPS panel session 'Decision Support Methods for Capital Planning Under Uncertainty' in IEEE PES General Meeting 2017 in Chicago where he gave the talk 'Efficient computation methods for large-scale stochastic planning problems'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Blog article on energy modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog article on good modelling practice, as part of a University of Edinburgh series relating to the Scottish Government's energy strategy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blogs.sps.ed.ac.uk/global-environment-society-academy/2017/05/22/energy-systems-modelling-mod...
 
Description CIGRE WG B2.58 Liaison Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation by Konstantinos Kopsidas and Tim Kavanagh on the area of Conductor design complexities and materials effect towards improving Reliability. The title topic "Quantifying HTLS conductor vibration Response ­ Practical challenges and modeling assumptions".
The presentation discussed industrial experience (ESB) on Gap conductor and concerns on modelling leading to ways of improvement and additional experimentation.
The complete event was 2 days, and the main focus of the working group was to identify methods for improving standard testing practices for new conductor technologies (HTLS).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Conference on Energy Storage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Setting out the role and value of energy storage in future low carbon energy system
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contribution to Wellcome Collection Exhibition - Electricity the Spark of Life 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contribution to Wellcome Collection Exhibition - Electricity the Spark of Life. I was involved during the initial planning of the exhibition and also interviewed as part of the exhibition - explaining current issues facing power systems. This is part of a touring exhibition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description EPSRC HubNet Risk Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk by Ioannis Konstantelos on "Planning future energy systems under uncertainty"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GO Science masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited "Masterclass" by Chris Dent on modelling in public policy to the Government Office of Science Data Science Stream
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hubnet Colloquium on Power Cables and Cable Integrity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Hubnet Colloquium held at the University of Starthclyde on 7th December 2016 - to understand present HVAC and HVDC cable technologies, problems and future trends and challenges. Future research directions were also debated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://hubnet.org.uk/events/power_cables_and_cable_integrity
 
Description ICMS Energy Systems Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Scoping workshop on mathematical science research needs in management of energy systems. Linked to Isaac Newton Institute programme on Mathematics of Energy Systems in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.icms.org.uk/energynetworks.php
 
Description IEEE HVDC and FACTS Working Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Input and steering into IEEE HVDC & FACTS Working Group, including development of technical brochures and position papers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description IEEE PES Task Force on Energy Storage 
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 Ioannis Konstantelos is participating on the IEEE PES Task Force on Energy Storage lead by Ramteen Sioshansi (Ohio State University).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Industrial Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Further input from two industrialists into key aspects of the future direction of the project. Provided information and insights for future result impact within their industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Industrial Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Input to project update from three Industrial experts within the electrical power industry resuting in provision of infration and test samples related to the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Industry workshop linked to Isaac Newton Institute proposal 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Co-organised industry scoping session associated with a proposal for an Energy Systems programme at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2017
URL https://iaciac.github.io/lobanet/events/
 
Description Initial meeting of industry advisory group for SMART-SAFE project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting of industry advisory panel for SMART-SAFE project (Hubnet flex funding project), and side meetings with companies who could not attend. Organisations represented were BEIS, National Grid, Ofgem, EDF (UK and France), LCP, Baringa.
Links t HEAPD project also as this is funding closely linked work on resource adequacy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description KTN Energy Study Group, Edinburgh, December 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Brainstorming session between mathematical scientists and five industry/government challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2018
URL http://www.icms.org.uk/KTN_Energy_SG.php
 
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 Knowledge Transfer Meeting with National Grid 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Knowledge transfer visit to National Grid in Warwick on 30 November to discuss numerous projects and opportunities for future collaborative work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Meeting with National Grid 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This was a National Grid Electricity Transmission's 2019 Innovation Event, introduced by David Wright, Director of Electricity Transmission at National Grid and Group Chief Engineer (Electricity). The event was focusing on industrial and academic collaboration dialogue towards future technologies and innovation within the power transmission area (Asset Management and Network Optimisation were some examples).
The participants, academics and industrialists discussed main research areas and innovations as well as future challenges and how those could potentially be addressed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-grid-electricity-transmission-innovation-event-tickets-53193...
 
Description Member of IEEE Task Force on Power System Resilience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Member of IEEE Task Force on Power System Resilience - newly formed in July 2017. Impact will come with future technical guidance and task force outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Modelling in public policy: Exploring research requirements to support the use of modelling evidence in energy policy development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event explored how techno-economic models of low carbon energy system are used to support policy decisions, and how this process can be improved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participate in Smart Power Alliance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave talk on "Paradigm shift to smart, low carbon energy future: Opportunities and Challenges"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participate in Workshop RTE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gave talk on "System Flexibility Benefits " and inform the debate
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Participate in Workshop on Mathematics and Economics of Energy Markets 
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 Gave talk on "Paradigm shift to low carbon energy future: Challenges for Economists and Mathematicians" and inform the debate in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation / Visit (University of Cyprus) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Konstantinos Kopsidas gave a talk on network operation under uncertainties (with focus on cable failures) to the Electrical Department in Cyprus University and Visitors from Electricity Authority of Cyprus.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Risk Day Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Started the EPSRC HubNet Risk Day series (continuing the legacy of the discontinued Durham Risk Day series) in order provide a networking and interactive opportunity for post-graduate researchers working on risk and uncertainty in the power and energy sector. The event attracted more than 50 international attendees including attendees from the UK, Denmark, France, Belgium, Greece and the USA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.riskday.co.uk
 
Description Risk day workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Planning megagrids and microgrids under uncertainty, Manchester, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Security of supply presentations by Amy Wilson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentations on IEEE PES GM panel and IEEE LOLEWG (Portland, Oregon)
Presentation at Royal Statistical Society Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Seminar and research discussions at NREL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and research discussions at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver, CO, developing common interests in resource adequacy assessment and energy system modelling. Particular topics under energy system modelling are the incorporation of operational constraints into planning models, and uncertainty quantification in plannign models, linking to the Future Conventional Power project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at Smart Grid Symposium 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Smart Grid Symposium 2016 about the reliability and cyber-security of future, smart, low carbon electrical networks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.hubnet.org.uk/filebyid/807/SGS2016Agenda.pdf
 
Description Talk in Mean-Field Game Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop "Mean-field games, energy and environment" brought together leading experts in the field of Mean-field games and their applications, as well as researchers in other fields with an interest in MFG.
Mean-field games have grown to be a powerful toolbox for high-dimensional distributed optimisation problems. In recent years they have found applications in a variety of domains, from optimisation of energy production and storage to the modelling of climate change negotiations.
The workshop covered the basic theory of MFG and its applications to optimisation problems arising in the energy industry and the environmental sciences. A number of talks will be given by engineers working on distributed optimisation problems where MFG could be applied.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.turing.ac.uk/mean-field-games-energy-environment-agenda/
 
Description Tutorial day on Energy System Planning Under Uncertainty 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Tutorial day for academics and practitioners. Around 40 delegates including speakers. Aim was to translate methods from mathematical science to application disciplines. Slides and videos of talks available on website, see URL.
Sponsored by Hubnet and CESI. Other grants listed indicate source of methodology presented in one or more talks, or payment of travel for a speaker.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://icms.org.uk/workshops/energytutorialday
 
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 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 Visit to industry colleagues in California to broaden impact links 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to colleagues in California, including CA Independent System Operator, Public Utilities Commission, Stanford Research International, Electric Power Research Institute. Aim is to broaden impact of EPSRC work on uncertainty quantification in complex computer models, including discussion of future collaboration and industry projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop on "Modelling in public policy" 
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 Scoping workshop on research needs in modelling to support public policy, report at http://hubnet.org.uk/filebyid/1130/Modelling_in_Public_Policy.pdf
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
 
Description keynote speech at Energetika 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key note speech at the conference talking about challenges and solutions to control of future power networks with RES and storage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description keynote speech at IEEE MELECON 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key note speech at the conference talking about challenges and solutions to control of future power networks with RES and storage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description keynote speech at IET/IEEE Medpower 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key note speech at the conference talking about challenges and solutions to control of future power networks with RES and storage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description visit (University of Edinburgh) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ioannis Konstantelos gave a talk on large-scale planning under uncertainty to the Department of Mathematics in University of Edinburgh on 12 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018