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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Smart Grid Laboratory

The Smart Grid Laboratory contains the necessary facilities for research on the energy network technologies required for the transition to a low carbon economy.

The Smart Grid Laboratory consists of an experimental low voltage distribution network, a Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS), a 3-phase power amplifier, a PV emulator, a wind generation emulator, an electrical energy storage system, an electric vehicle, an air source heat pump and smart meters. The RTDS contains the necessary operational hardware, and analogue & digital communication cards, for linking the modelling system to physical equipment in a low voltage network. It gives the Smart Grid Laboratory unique analytical capabilities in terms of real-time power systems simulation and Power-Hardware-In-the-Loop (PHIL) testing.

The Smart Grid Laboratory has been developed over several years by Durham researchers to produce top-tier research outputs in the field of smart grids. Examples include the Customer Led Network Revolution project (the U.K.’s largest smart grid project, in collaboration with industry partners such as Northern Powergrid and British Gas).

The Smart Grid Laboratory is currently used for several research projects, such as the EU Horizon 2020 SmarterEMC2 Project (collaborating with 3 academic & 7 industrial partners across Europe, including Thales, Fujitsu and Intracom), and the EPSRC HEAPD project (collaborating with Cardiff and Bath Universities in the U.K., plus the Indian Institutes of Technology at Roorkee, Delhi, and Kharagpur, and MNIT Jaipur).

Find out about our Smart Grid research topics.

Find out more about the Smart Grid Laboratory.

Find out about Postgraduate topics in Smart Grids for prospective students.

Key contacts for the Smart Grid Laboratory:

Dr. Hongjian Sun & Dr. Behzad Kazemtabrizi

School of Engineering & Computing Sciences

Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, U.K.

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2478

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