Kelly, Nick and Galloway, Stuart and Elders, Ian and Tumilty, Ryan and Burt, Graeme (2008) Modelling the impact of micro generation on the electrical distribution system. In: Micro-Cogen 2008, 1st International Conference on Micro-Cogeneration Technologies and Applications, 2008-04-29 - 2008-05-01, Ottawa, Canada.
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In the UK and elsewhere there is considerable debate as to the future form of the electricity distribution system. The coming years will see a rise in the amount of micro-generation connected to the network at low voltages and the emergence of highly-distributed power systems (HDPS). However, there is considerable uncertainty as to the impact that this micro-generation will have on the quality of power supplied to our homesor to the stability of the electricity system as a whole. To address these engineering challenges the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is funding a three year research programme featuring a multi-disciplinary team from a variety of UK Universities: Supergen HDPS. This paper documents one piece of work emerging from the consortium, where a multi-tool approach is used to analyse the impact of micro-generation on the electricity system. This used a building simulation tool to produce electrical generation profiles for domestic cogeneration device models. These, along with profiles produced for other micro-generation technology models and electrical load profiles are then replicated and aggregated using a customised statistical approach. The profiles were then used as boundary conditions for a set of electrical load flow simulations on a model of a section of real network, where the number of microgenerators was varied according to different scenarios for the future of the UK electricity grid. The results indicate that a significant number of micro-generation devices can be accommodated before any power quality problems arise, however this is dependent upon maintaining a robust central grid.
|Item type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords:||micro generation, electricity supply, power generation, power systems, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering|
|Subjects:||Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery|
Technology > Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
|Department:||Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
Faculty of Engineering > Electronic and Electrical Engineering
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||16 Jun 2008|
|Last modified:||22 Oct 2012 19:58|
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