System Integration

250kW 180kWh grid connected battery energy storage system
250kW 180kWh grid connected battery energy storage system

Complex power networks, especially those with high dependency on power electronic converters, are vulnerable to stability and power quality issues.

Classic damping techniques exceed allowable weight / volume limits, and only offer stability support, and so alternative solutions are required. Energy storage can be configured to undertake multiple power network functions, with each function having a set priority level.

Key challenges exist to exploit fully the power management capability enabled by energy storage systems in power networks:

  • Examine control methods for both the AC grid and the battery system
  • Devise algorithms to optimise the multi control functions
  • Energy storage system control based on campus-wide power network data acquisition 

Research focus

Key applications

  • AC power networks, including smart grids:
    • Spinning reserve, power smoothing, automatic generator control, frequency regulation, power system stabiliser, VAR support
  • On-board aircraft DC power networks:
    • Load smoothing and voltage support during generator faults / reconfiguration events
  • Plug-in hybrid or battery electric road / water vehicles:
    • DC voltage regulation

Collaboration with industry

Energy storage system integration and usage on AC power networks is the focus of an Innovate-UK research project in collaboration with Upside Energy and Sharp.

Latest publications

  • Todd R, Forsyth A. DC-bus power quality for UAV systems during generator fault conditions. IET Electrical Systems in Transportation. 2011; 1(3): 126-135. eScholarID:138704 | DOI:10.1049/iet-est.2010.0056
  • Todd, R, F Bryan, A J Forsyth, C Gan, and J Bossard. Effects of Electrical Power Off-Take on Finite Inertia Mechanical Systems. 2011: 1476-1482. eScholarID:138710 | DOI:10.1109/ECCE.2011.6063955


Academic Staff:  Dr Rebecca ToddProf Andrew Forsyth

Research team: 1 experimental officer.

Please contact one of the academic staff for further details of current research activity.

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