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Sam Harrison

PhD Title - Considerations on retrofitting VSM algorithms within operational windfarms on standalone solutions at the connection point 

The increasing penetration of converter interfaced generation (CIG) is leading to issues such as low inertia and weak grids. Grid forming converters, including virtual synchronous machines, provide a solution that can often be implemented retrospectively to existing CIGs. This PhD aims to study the technical challenges associated with different configurations of virtual synchronous machine control (and their alternatives) to determine the optimal means of deployment. The study will include a focus on energy storage systems and the necessary sizing of these components. The ultimate goal of the project is to produce a techno-economic analysis that identifies the most cost-effective solutions.

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Start Date - October 2018

Degree - MSci Oceanography, University of Southampton