Autonomic Power Systems
The drivers that will shape the 2050 electricity network are numerous:
- increasing energy prices
- increased variability in the availability of generation due to renewable energy sources
- increased utilisation due to growth in loads such as electric vehicles and heat pumps
- increased customer participation in system operation
As a consequence, by 2050, we will witness new physical and commercial patterns of consumption, a high degree of operation and planning uncertainty, and a high degree of complexity. These changes mean the energy networks of the future will be far more difficult to manage and design than those of today, for technical, social, environmental and commercial reasons.
This four and a half year EPSRC Grand Challenge in Energy Networks research project proposes a new autonomic power system as the solution to overcoming these changes.
More information can be found at the Autonomic Power Systems website.