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Reference Number InnUK/101994/01
Title A Low Cost, High Capacity, Smart Residential Distribution Network Enabled By SiC Power Electronics
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 100%;
Research Types Final stage Development and Demonstration 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
Exception Ems Limited
Award Type Collaborative Research & Development
Funding Source Innovate-UK
Start Date 01 January 2015
End Date 31 December 2017
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £497,542
Industrial Sectors
Region South West
Programme Competition Call: 1401_CRD_SUST_LES - Localised energy systems. Activity Localised energy systems- a cross-sector approach
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Exception Ems Limited (27.099%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (14.226%)
Project Contact , Schneider Electric Ltd UK (15.427%)
Project Contact , Turbo Power Systems Ltd (24.340%)
Project Contact , Anvil Semiconductors Limited (18.908%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Aston University (0.000%)
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A key challenge facing the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) today is the increasing demand for power being placed on residential networks e.g. by the proliferation of electrical vehicles (EVs) and the move to electro-heat. Also, the increase in distributed generation (DG) is now resulting in unacceptable local voltage rises. This project follows on from a TSB Feasibility Study which showed that a cost effective solution to these problems can be achieved on the existing infrastructure by increasing the local network phase voltage to 400 V (existing cable is rated at 600V). To step the voltage back down to 230 V at each house, DNO-owned, low-cost, 99% efficient power electronic converters (PECs) will need to be installed in the meter-box. Our previous study showed that the 99% efficiency was essential to avoid over-heating in the meter-box and hence new, low-cost 3C SiC devices were mandatory. This system will not only increase network capacity, but also provide optimised connections for emerging EV charging, DG and energy storage - the smart-grid . The project will develop a PEC prototype which will be deployed by Western Power Distribution in a small-scale demonstration of the project.

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