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Reference Number EP/L016141/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks at The University of Manchester
Status Started
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 80%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 20%;
Principal Investigator Dr F R Wood
No email address given
Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration 108 months
Total Grant Value £4,031,041
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North West
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr F R Wood , Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr A P Karvonen , Environment, Education and Developmen, University of Manchester (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rail Safety & Standards Board (0.000%)
Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Balfour Beatty Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Electricity North West Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , ITM Power PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Manchester City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , Alstom Grid Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , WSP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Siemens plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , EA Technology Limited (0.000%)
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Abstract Rapid transformation of Power Networks is only possible if industry can recruit highly trained individuals with the skills to engage in R&D that will drive innovation. The EPSRC CDT in Power Networks at the University of Manchester will educate and train high quality PhD students with the technical, scientific, managerial and personal skills needed by the Power Networks sector. Prof. Peter Crossley, whose experience includes leadership of the Joule Centre, will lead the CDT.This CDT is multidisciplinary with PhD students located in the Faculties of Engineering & Physical Science and Humanities. All students will first register on a "Power Networks" Postgraduate Diploma; when successfully completed, students will transfer to a PhD degree and their research will be undertaken in one or more Schools within these Faculties. During their PhD studies, students will also be required to expand their knowledge in topics related to the management, design and operation of power networks. Using the support of our industrial partners, students will engage in policy debates, deliver research presentations, undertake outreach activities and further their career development via internships.The CDT will deliver world class research and training, focused on the UK's need to transform conventional power networks into flexible smart grids that reliably, efficiently and economically transport low-carbon electrical energy from generators to consumers. Specific areas of research are:- Electrical power network design, operation and managementThe rapidly increasing need to integrate renewable energy into power networks poses numerous challenges, particularly cyclical and stochastic intermittency. This is further complicated by future proof buildings, decarbonisation of heat and transport, and other innovations that will change electrical demand.Existing Power Networks include a mixture of old and new plant, some of which is beyond design life. This may not be a problem at historical loading levels, but future visions involve increased power densities and changes in primary and secondary substation topology. Research on asset management and life-time extension is required to provide economical and reliable solutions to these issues.Integration of DC interties and Power Electronics within networks has been identified as key enabling technologies. Therefore projects on HVDC, power electronics, intermittent generation, energy storage, dynamic demand, intelligent protection and control and the use of data provided by smart meters and local/wide-area monitoring systems are required.- Power Network Operation, Planning and GovernanceTransmission and Distribution Operating Companies need projects on planning processes that co-ordinates land-use with other infrastructures. Projects include planning uncertainty and complexity, integration of modelling with geographical information systems, stakeholder behaviour, decision modelling and the impact of resource allocationand operating lifecycles.Projects on smart operational control strategies can simplify network planning and reduce the cost of implementing: demand response; combined heat and power; and district heating.- Changes to the pattern of energy demands and their effect on the power networkClimate change will have an adverse effect on network reliability and projects are required to help network companies economically manage the electrification of heating, cooling and transport. Projects are also required on the interaction between energy vectors and network infrastructure with multiple uncertainties.- Cross cutting technologiesResearch in Mathematics and Management on stochastic dynamic optimisation techniques can be used to underpin projects on heat and electrical energy storage under uncertain price and supply conditions.Projects using a cognitive lens to uncover how large infrastructure projects can be delivered through meta-organisations are also required.
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