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Reference Number EP/S001662/2
Title Plug-and-play Low Voltage DC Microgrid for Cheap and Clean Energy
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr Z Lin
No email address given
Sch of Engineering and Applied Science
Aston University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 August 2019
End Date 30 April 2022
Duration 33 months
Total Grant Value £414,346
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region West Midlands
Programme ISCF - Skills
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr Z Lin , Sch of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Grid Edge Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hoymiles Converter Technology Co., Ltd, China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nidec Control Techniques Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Dummy Organisation (0.000%)
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Abstract Microgrids are small-scale power subsystems that include distributed energy generations, energy storages, and local loads. Microgrid technology will allow the power grid to accept more clean distributed renewable generations. It has great potential to increase the energy efficiency and security, and contribute to one of the UK industrial strategy priority areas "Cheap and Clean Energy".Compared to alternating current (AC) power systems, direct current (DC) power systems has the advantages of simpler control, higher reliability and efficiency, and has gained a continually increasing interest in the last several years. This Fellowship will work together with UK industries to address the challenge of achieving plug-and-play low voltage DC microgrids, provide ease of use for the technology, and explore new business cases in both building and industrial applications.The plug-and-play concept means the DC microgrid stable operation should not be affected by the connection/disconnection of power converters to the system, and the system control algorithm can be updated after a power converter is connected or disconnected. Also, users should have a group of compatible DC microgrid devices to choose from different manufacturers.In this Fellowship, the fundamental mechanism of DC microgrid stability will be studied, and a novel passive interface filter based solution will be implemented, so that off-the-shelf power converters can be used without changing its design. Design guidelines and software tool will be provided for DC microgrid industrial engineers. A novel simultaneous power and information transfer technology will be developed for DC microgrid control, so that high performance plug-and-play control can be implemented without external communication links. Together with industrial project partners, a reconfigurable DC microgrid research and demonstration platform will be developed to evaluate and demonstrate the developed technology, and support industry to explore potential new business cases in building and industrial applications.
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