Top paper from EEE wins prestigious IEEE PES Prize Paper Award for 2017

Academics from EEE have been awarded the IEEE PES Prize Paper award for their work on ancillary services for transmission systems

Dr Haiyu Li, Senior Lecturer and expert in Power System Automation and Communication Systems, has been recognised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society (IEEE PES) for his outstanding contribution to power systems research.

He has been awarded the 2017 IEEE PES Prize Paper Award for his paper entitled “Ancillary Service for Transmission Systems by Tap Stagger Operation in Distribution Networks” written in collaboration with Linwei Chen, Steve Cox, and Kieran Bailey.

Each year, each of the 17 Technical Committees that make up the IEEE PES nominate papers to be considered for this IEEE PES Prize Paper Award. Only one paper is chosen from all the nominations to receive this honour.

Currently power system transmission systems and distribution networks are separate businesses, and they are operated by Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and Distribution Network Operator (DNOs), respectively.

This IEEE PES award paper has proposed a new and innovative concept for the first time to address the high voltage issue in transmission systems caused by increasing renewable generation and low carbon technologies, through the operation and control of existing distribution network assets. The method proposed in the paper has been implemented and tested by Electricity North West Limited (ENWL) through the Customer Load Active System Services (CLASS) Project with an R&D development value of £9 million. The University of Manchester was part of the CLASS project delivery team by focusing on formulating the methodology, assessing the new service capability across the UK distribution networks though simulation studies, and carrying out all field trial data analysis and validation.

The CLASS extension has demonstrated how this technology can be deployed commercially by DNOs to provide alternative frequency and enhanced reactive power ancillary services with the potential to bring forward the expected £50 million worth of benefits to the UK customers more quickly. Since this award paper generalises the method, the potential benefits from this proposed new ancillary service method would be increased exponentially worldwide.

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