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Reference Number EP/E04011X/1
Title SUPERGEN 1 Renewal Core - FlexNet: Renewal of the Supergen consortium on Future Network Technologies
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 90%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor J McDonald
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2007
End Date 30 March 2012
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £6,876,795
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy Multidisciplinary Applications, Energy Research Capacity
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J McDonald , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (99.974%)
  Other Investigator Dr O Anaya-Lara , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr GM Burt , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Prof GA (Graham ) Ault , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Prof KRW (Keith ) Bell , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr SJ Finney , Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Prof M (Matthew ) Leach , Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey (0.001%)
Professor JW Bialek , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Professor R (Robin ) Wallace , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor GP Harrison , Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Mr C Johnstone , Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor DMG (David ) Newbery , Economics, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Professor R Aggarwal , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr MA Redfern , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr RW Dunn , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr H (Haifeng ) Wang , Sch of Engineering and Design, Brunel University (0.001%)
Dr J Mutale , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor V Terzija , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor N (Nick ) Jenkins , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor RJ (Richard ) Green , Business School, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Prof P (Patrick ) Devine-Wright , Geography, University of Exeter (0.001%)
Dr CAHA Hernandez Aramburo , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr B Pal , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor T Green , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Prof F (François ) Bouffard , Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Canada (0.001%)
Professor D (Daniel ) Kirschen , College of Engineering, University of Washington, USA (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , EDF Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Power Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/project?ref=EP/E04011X/1
Objectives
Abstract FlexNet has been set the goal of researching the future form of the electricity network. This is a great challenge because electricity networks are formed from long lifetime equipment that will often be in place for more than 50 years and which costs a great deal to replace. Much of the UK network was constructed in the 1960s and 1970s and falls due for replacement soon. This is both an opportunity and a threat. The plans for replacement must stand the test of time or future generations will face a large bill for making changes. We are at a point where the future of electricity generation is uncertain. We know that low-carbon energy is the objective but the network required to support offshore wind is very different from the network to support domestic-scale fuel cells. The key will be to plan, design and build networks that are sufficiently flexible to meet several quite different scenarios. There are limits to the flexibility though. First, flexibility generally requiresmore investment for which electricity consumers ultimately pay. Second, electrical networks are major projects that impact local communities and those communities have important views on what technology is acceptable. Third, flexibility calls for a far greater level of real-time control of the network which poses challenges in analysis and implementation. FlexNet will research the technologies to provide flexibility, the market mechanisms through which investment is encouraged efficientlyandthe way in which public attitudes might shape what can be done.FlexNet is a consortium of universities, electrical network operators, equipment manufacturers and NGOs. The seven universities combine expertise in electrical engineering, economics and social science. The consortium builds on the work of its predecessor, FutureNet
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