Research

Interconnected research themes in Smart Grids

Figure 1. Research themes

Theme 1 – Controllability and reliability assessment

The main driver for this theme is increasing renewable energy capacity through improving electricity grid reliability and controllability, hence reducing the impacts of the uncertainty of renewables. This will be done by means of development of algorithms for evaluation and improvement of metrics such as Loss Of Load Expectation (LOLE), Energy Not Supplied (ENS), and controllability metrics. Tools will be developed for network probabilistic reliability evaluation (e.g. Monte Carlo simulations) and controllability assessment (e.g. Kalman’s controllability criterion: rank(C) = N). The probabilistic tool will then be extended to include energy constrained resources (e.g. storage), which are modelled differently than other resources.