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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute


New consortium meets in Delhi to discuss future of energy security

(20 January 2015)

The High Energy and Power Density Solutions to Large Energy Deficits (HEAPD) research consortium, for which Durham is a partner, recently met in Delhi to kick-start their project, which looks to address the global issue of energy security.

The two-day meeting, hosted by Professor Sukumar Mishira of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi provided the opportunity for the team to discuss their roles, implementation plans and ambitions for the project. The bilateral consortium of seven UK and Indian universities combines the research expertise of the Universities of Bath, Cardiff and Durham, and three Indian Institutes of Technology - Roorkey, Delhi and Kharagpur, as well as the Malaviya National Institute of Technology of Jaipur. Dr Chris Dent and Dr Behzad Kazemtabrizi from the Department of Engineering and Computer Sciences represented DEI and Durham University.

Dr Dent said: “I am excited to be involved in this new consortium which promises to build stronger, more productive research links between the UK and India over the coming three years, contributing towards DEI's internationalisation agenda. The project will build on our research expertise into blackout prediction and mitigation, generation adequacy risk assessment, and electrical network analysis (including Durham’s smart grid lab).”

Professor Furong Li, of Bath University, who is leading the consortium said “Our research is highly topical. India suffered serious blackouts only recently and so provides an ideal case study for testing highly innovative solutions that can make power networks more resilient. This will hopefully help to inform us when it comes to the future of the UK’s own energy infrastructure and perhaps provide game-changing solutions to meet rising energy demand.”

The EPSRC (EP/K036211/1) and Indian Research Council (DST) funded HEAPD project will explore the use of local Direct Current (DC) grids over Alternate Current (AC) electricity grids as a solution to meeting the UK and India’s rising energy demand in a sustainable, low-carbon way. The group will look to test the possible benefits of having local DC grids supplied by local renewables and supported by local storage facilities in a bid to reduce energy bills and improve energy management systems.

The group will meet again in Bath in July 2015 to review new developments.