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Ferranti C14, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

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My research is focussed on making future power systems secure and resilient in the face of increased volatility and new disruptive technologies. I work across the following research topics.

 

You can find all the research projects I'm currently working on right here. Some of these projects have external websites where you can find out more. If not, get in touch and we can discuss how to take these projects further.

POWER ELECTRONIC ENABLED TRANSFORMERS

2019-21

Funded by National Grid Electricity Transmission

SUPERGEN ENERGY NETWORKS HUB

2018-2022

Funded by EPSRC

I am an Associate Director of the Supergen Energy Networks Hub, leading the research being conducted into risk and uncertainty in future energy networks. 

MIGRATE: MASSIVE INTEGRATION OF POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

2017-2020

Funded by the European Commission through H2020

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Here are the details about some of the projects I've worked on in the past. A lot of the ideas in these projects are still being explored and expanded in my current projects. 

RISK AND COSTING OF INSTABILITY

2017-18

Funded by EPSRC through HubNet

This two-year project was focussed on trying to understand the cost of instability and how this can be captured better by understanding the uncertainty in our power systems. A complex multi-dimensional search of thousands of variations in different system parameters helped to develop stability boundaries that can be used to work out where the true stability limits are and how they can be avoided. 

SMART FREQUENCY CONTROL

2015-18

​Funded by National Grid Electricity Transmission

This Network Innovation Competition Project led by National Grid was focussed on maintaining grid stability in low inertia systems. The project was focussed on identifying sustainable and cost-effective ways of ensuring fast acting response when frequency disturbances occur, paving the way for greater renewable energy integration. 

IDENTIFYING CRITICAL UNCERTAINTIES IN POWER SYSTEMS

2016-17

​Funded by EPSRC

This project developed new methods for identifying which sources of uncertainty within power systems have the largest impact on system performance. new methods were developed and applied to power system stability analysis. There were some important steps forward made with respect to modelling correlated uncertainties that will be very important for future uncertainty analysis.

MULTI-TERMINAL VSC-HVDC NETWORKS - GRID CONTROL

2014-17

Funded by EPSRC

This three year project covered many aspects of multi-terminal VSC-HVDC control and operation.  I helped to deliver a stream concerned with the operation and impact of multi-terminal VSC-HVDC systems on mixed AC/DC system dynamics. This covered many aspects of system stability and developed some new control algorithms to help improve performance.

STABILITY ASSESSMENT IN MULTI-INFEED HVDC SYSTEMS

2016

Funded by SSE through the National HVDC Centre

This was a scoping study of advanced controllers for multi-infeed VSC-HVDC, analysing their impacts on system performance following disturbances. It helped to de-risk the implementation of multi-infeed VSC-HVDC by identifying important testing regimes and the weaknesses of existing practices. 

NUGENIA+ INTEGRID

2015-16

Funded by the European Commission by the NUGENIA Nuclear Generation Association

This project deals with the impact of the new European grid-codes (and the wider voltage and frequency ranges) on the electrical systems and equipment of nuclear power plants. Different aspects such as the impact on the regulation of machines, overheating and vibrations of the equipment, and the appearance of electrical transients in the plant distribution network, have been researched.

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGES

2015-16

Funded by EPSRC through the HubNet Consortium

This project analysed risk and uncertainty in power system operating - focussing on impacts on the dynamic performance of power systems. Advanced sensitivity analysis and game theoretic approaches have been compared and analysed to identify the best techniques for quantifying the impact of uncertainty on system stability.

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM 2030

2014-15

Funded by the Energy Networks Association Smart Grid Forum

In this project, a detailed analysis of the electricity system anticipated in 2030 was undertaken, with a particular focus on the design and operation of distribution networks with a high proliferation of low carbon technologies.

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