High voltage circuit breaker in a power substation.

Energy Power networks & smart grids

Strathclyde is at the forefront of research into the planning and operation of tomorrow’s energy networks.

From issues that affect the whole power system - such as how to manage the reduction in inertia and increased penetration of intermittent renewable generation, down to the design and operation of microgrids, and the potential impact of demand management on our distribution networks.

World-class distribution-network test-bed where a wide range of innovative devices and techniques have been trialled

We work with major utilities’ such as SP Energy Networks and National Grid to move forward research and innovation in the field of power system design, planning and operation.

Our Power Networks Demonstration Centre provides a world-class distribution-network test-bed where a wide range of innovative devices and techniques have been trialled.

Through our Rolls Royce centre we have 20 years’ experience of developing cutting-edge research in aeronautical and marine electrical systems.

And through strong, interdisciplinary links with our renewable, nuclear, asset management and end use energy research themes, we are able to link our network expertise with the full range of electricity system stakeholders.

Since 2015 we have been home to the Future Power Networks & Smart Grids Doctoral research centre which provides the opportunity to link research projects directly to industrial research centres.