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Reference Number EP/E003583/1
Title AURA-NMS: Autonomous Regional Active Network Management System
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 90%;
Applied Research and Development 10%;
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor T Green
No email address given
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 January 2007
End Date 30 June 2010
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £2,512,336
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy Multidisciplinary Applications
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor T Green , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (99.986%)
  Other Investigator Professor RM Goodall , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr S McArthur , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Prof GA (Graham ) Ault , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor P Moore , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor J McDonald , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor PC (Phil ) Taylor , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Professor JW Bialek , Engineering, Durham University (0.001%)
Dr F Li , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr D Laurenson , Digital Communications, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor N (Nick ) Jenkins , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Professor G (Goran ) Strbac , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr J Barria , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr A (Argyrios ) Zolotas , Sch of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex (0.001%)
Professor D (Daniel ) Kirschen , College of Engineering, University of Washington, USA (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , SP Power Systems Limited (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Electricity is so deeply ingrained in everyday life that when it is not available many things, essential and simply pleasurable, cease working. Finding ways to better manage faults in electricity distribution systems is a key way of improving the quality of supply offered to customers. Society also faces choices about its sources of energy and we need to find ways to remove technical barriers to the connection of small scale renewable generation without large cost penalties. The reasons that both of these tasks are difficult are (i) that the low voltage part of the distribution system was designed for simple operation without active control and (ii) the distribution system is very large and overall central control is not realistic. Solutions are also constrained by the large amount of existing equipment that is only part way through a long service life and is too expensive to replace prematurely. This project will explore a means to gradually devolving control authority from the existing central control room (which is semi-automated and semi-manual) and use a peer-to-peer network of controllers/decision-makers placed at each substation. The controllers can open and close remotely controlled switches to reallocate loads to different parts of the network and take various voltage correction actions. There is a strong need for communication to obtain feedback information and to allow a controller with only a partial view of the system to cooperate in finding an optimal setof actions to take in the event of a fault, an out-of-tolerance voltage or a generator whose output is being limited by network constraints. The project is challenging because it requires integration of research in distributed control, decision making, network analysis and communications. For this reason we have assembled a team drawn from 7 universities and 3 major international companies in the power industry
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