Research Projects

NETRIM

Network Restrictions in IoT-based Microgrids (Pitch-In project): Investigating how very high speed communications can be used to support optimal operation of microgrids, and how failures in the network might affect grid operation.

RELCON

Robust Extra Low Cost Nano-grids (EPSRC EP/R030111/1): Tough, flexible, low-cost, multi-port power converters and control schemes for autonomous DC microgrids to be deployed in developing countries.

HEDMES

Hardware-Efficient Deeply Modular Energy Storage (Energy Superstore project): Trialling new technology for grid-connected large-scale modular energy storage systems.

ASPIRE

Advanced Self-Powered sensor units in Intense Radiation Environments (EPSRC EP/P017436/1): Development of multi-input power electronics systems for energy harvesting from novel radiation-powered sensors.

MANIFEST

Multi-scale Analysis for Facilities for Energy Storage (EPSRC EP/N032888/1): Part of a large consortium bringing together energy storage research facilities in the UK.

RHYTHM

Resilient Hybrid Technology for High-Value Microgrids (EPSRC EP/N034570/1): Development of high-speed communication and control schemes for future building-scale DC microgrids. Also including the development of low-parts-count DC-DC converters for micro-grids.

RDN

Reconfigurable Distribution Networks (EPSRC EP/K036327/1): Using a Unified Power Flow Controller (UPFC) linked with arc-less integrated fast mechanical disconnectors to perform low-cost meshing of distribution networks.

IPDPE

Investigating the Power Density of Power Electronics (EPSRC EP/K032984/1): An attempt to model and optimise the power density of power electronic systems using a combined electrical, thermal and mechanical framework.

ES4LCG

Energy Storage for Low Carbon Grids (EPSRC EP/K002252/1): The application of very large scale modular multi-level power conversion circuits to grid energy storage systems. Circuit topologies, control methodologies, state-of-charge estimation and advanced cell balancing techniques enabled by modular converters.