Sustainable Development Goal targets
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The energy landscape worldwide is experiencing significant changes, with a massive increase in renewable energy sources. The UK, in particular, is rapidly growing its capacity of wind and solar generation, decommissioning conventional thermal power plants, and significantly adopting electric vehicles. As a result, the UK grid has increasingly dynamic behaviour, especially during disturbances – as witnessed during the partial blackout on 9 August 2019.
Real-time monitoring of data from accurate measurement devices, with microsecond-level granularity, is extremely valuable for understanding the behaviour of the grid and can contribute to a range of new solutions for tackling emerging challenges – and ultimately help improve the sustainability of our energy supply by maximising the amount of low-carbon generation which can be integrated.
This project involves extending an existing website recently created by Strathclyde students to monitor the UK grid in real-time, improving public understanding of the UK energy system, and providing a useful data resource for further research activities.
This will be an openly available facility which will directly influence industry, provide new infrastructure to support and help plan the UK’s net-zero carbon transition by 2050, and help to spark innovative new applications using the unique data resources.
What will students be doing?
Students involved in this project will be responsible for:
- designing and building specialised measurement devices which can be deployed at strategic locations around the UK (and beyond) to build a real-time picture of the health of the grid. At the moment, only two such measurement points are available – both in Glasgow
- adding new visualisation features to the project website – especially exploiting the high-resolution measurements available
- improving the design, usability, and accessibility of the project website – ensuring it is fit for public consumption
- building a robust database system to manage data behind the scenes
- testing new applications such as data mining and machine learning using this unique data source e.g. correlating patterns in system state with generation mix, weather, EV use, etc.