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Durham Energy Institute

Smart Grids

Durham Energy Institute has undertaken a variety of projects and collaborations centred around smart grids with a range of partners including EDF, EON, Scottish Power, ABB, PB Power, AREVA, Northern Powergrid.

Key people:

Dr. Hongjian Sun - Smart Grids, renewable energy resources, cognitive radio, and cooperative communication techniques.

Prof Tooraj Jamasb - Energy networks, regulation, economics, technology and innovation, demand, efficiency and productivity analysis, demand, energy security, policy.

Dr Chris Dent  - Power system optimisation, reliability and risk modelling, Transmission network planning.

Dr Behzad Kazemtabrizi - Power flow models, Renewable Energy Resources Integration and Reliability Modeling.

Professor F P A Coolen - Risk and Uncertainty

Professor M Goldstein - Uncertainty analysis for reservoir management, joint inversion and system reliability

Dr D A Wooff - Risk and uncertainty

 

Projects:

The DEI has researchers involved in the following major projects:

  • Customer-led Network Revolution, A major £53M project awarded by Ofgem in the Low Carbon Network Fund initiative (Ofgem, Northern Powergrid, British Gas, EA Technology)
  • Investigating the Role of Energy Storage Systems in Smart Grids project (Electricity North West)
  • Energy Storage Operating Strategies and Deployment, Low Carbon Networks Tier 1 (UK Power Networks, ABB)
  • Energy Storage for Electrical Distribution Networks, Technical, Commercial and Regulatory Aspects (Electricity North West)
  • Mathematical Foundations for Energy Networks: buffering, storage and transmission (EPSRC, Heriot Wat University, Cambridge University)
  • Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability (ESRC/EPSRC, Kings College London, Lancaster University)
  • Real Time Ratings and Thermal State Estimation for Electrical Distribution Networks (ScottishPower, Infoterra)
  • Multi Agent Systems for Decentralised Control of Future Low Voltage Networks (EON)
  • Investigation into Electrical Distribution Network Risk (Northen Powergrid)
  • Demand Side Participation, a Socio-Technical Approach (CE Electric UK)
  • Distributed Control (EPSRC: "Autonomous Regional Active Network Management System (AURA-NMS)"

 

Consultation responses and publications:

2013 – Evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into Smart Meter Roll-out by Professor Harriet Bulkeley

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmenergy/uc161-i/uc16101.htm

Feb 2011 -The DEI submitted a report to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on Smart Grids drawing together the recommendations emerging from a meeting between DEI, leading industrialists and DECC. Smart Grids Workshop Report