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Reference Number InnUK/132138/01
Title A Hybrid PV-Battery Unit Optimised for LV Grids Using GaN Transistors
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER POWER and STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Navarino Electric Systems Limited
Award Type Feasibility Studies
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 October 2016
End Date 31 January 2018
Duration 16 months
Total Grant Value £93,628
Industrial Sectors
Region South East
Programme Competition Call: 1411_FS_ENE_GEN_ENCATES2 - Energy Catalyst Rnd 2 - (FS). Activity Energy Catalyst Rnd 2 - Early Stage
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Navarino Electric Systems Limited (87.413%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , IQE (Europe) Limited (12.587%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Sch of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract Under their Gone Green deployment scenario, National Grid forecast that energy generated from photovoltaics (PV) in the UK is expected to rise from 2 to 15 GW over the next 20 years. This is being driven by the UK’s legal obligations around installing renewable energy sources & cutting greenhouse gases, the rising cost of energy & concerns around the security of supply the so-called energy trilemma . Power electronic converters are a key enabling technology for PV and other low-carbon technologies (LCTs). However the use of LCTs has resulted in problems for the electrical distribution nerwork such as supply voltage distortion and over- voltages, which threaten to limit or delay their uptake. This project aims to mitigate this threat by exploiting the benefits of a new Gallium Nitride power transistor module, which will be developed for use in a hybrid PV- battery unit for residential applications, but will have much broader applications e.g. electric vehicle charging & micro-CHP. These units will be much smaller, lighter & have lower cost than existing Silicon based units and their deployment will lead to an increase in the maximum allowable installed capacity on the network.
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