Thomas Bryden joined the Power Electronics Group in 2022 and his research focuses on the integration of distributed energy storage to the electricity grid. His research spans real time simulation, lithium-ion battery modelling and future sustainable energy systems.
Prior to joining Oxford, Thomas completed an MEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he worked as an Engineer designing and maintaining oil and gas pipelines. He then completed a PhD at the University of Southampton in 2019 on the topic of lithium-ion battery thermal modelling and electric vehicle fast charging. From 2018 to 2022, he worked as an Energy Systems Researcher at Hitachi.
Thomas Bryden’s research interests at Oxford include energy storage simulation and electronics hardware experiments. To improve the coordination of distribution grid connected energy storage systems, he is creating an experimental setup to test various coordination strategies and scenarios. The experimental setup involves multiple real time simulation machines, each simulating a particular energy storage system, being placed around the UK. This creates a digital twin of multiple distribution grid connected energy storage systems throughout the UK. Coordination strategies and scenarios are then developed, which can be tested on this digital twin. The aim is to improve the integration of distribution grid connected energy storage systems, thereby accelerating the transition to a net zero grid.
Thomas’ other areas of research interests include:
- Grid integration of energy storage
- Real time simulation
- Lithium-ion battery modelling
- Power and communication for sensors
- Future sustainable energy systems
Energy Storage Integration for a Net Zero Grid (ESI4NZ)
Integrating distributed energy storage assets to the grid as part of a whole-system solution to enable adaptability, flexibility and resilience.