Demand-side Power Network Control

Summary

Modern power systems much achieve efficiencies in capital expenses for networks by smoothing out peak power demands at the same time as more renewable generation is being used. This can be achieved by giving loads more freedom to participate in power balancing as well as network services such as frequency and voltage control. However, the methods of coordination used at higher voltages cannot be used because of the huge numbers of devices involved. Methods based on game theory allow cooperative and non-cooperative mechanisms to be designed to achieve the desired goals.

Supervisor(s)

Professor David John Hill, Dr Gregor Verbic

Research Location

Electrical and Information Engineering

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Projects in this area will considering various mechanism algorithms and their use in various control needs such as demand management, load control, voltage control, frequency control and emergency control. The structures will consist of consumers (or prosumers) acting in response to network and market signals and a level of cluster controllers acting with some coordination.

Additional Information

The projects may be linked to the supervisors’ involvement in the Government’s Smart Grid Smart City project and more fundamental work on mechanism design and electricity markets.

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Keywords

Power system control, demand-management, load control, smart grids, distributed control, network control, game theory applications

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1762

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