Working with Industry

meter_250Collaborating with industrial partners is essential to ensure that our research work remains relevant to the needs of society and has a real and measurable impact. There are many ways of working with us, and the University, from consultacy to KTP projects to funding PhD students to large reseach projects. Our main projects with industrial and commerical partners are listed below.

 

Our Projects


New Thames Valley Vision Logo - NTVV

"TVV is a £30 million project established
to ensure a high quality and affordable
electricity network in the future. Customers
in Bracknell and the surrounding area will
benefit from this project that will help the
UK achieve a low carbon economy." Logo - SSEPD
New Thames Valley Vision

The UK government aims to reduce carbon emissions
by encouraging and supporting the uptake of low carbon
technologies (LCTs) such as electric vehicles and Logo - LCNFphotovoltaics.
The increased uptake of LCTs is expected  to increase the electrical
energy usage in the UK which may threaten the security of the network
and disrupt the supply to customers. The £500m Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) was set up by Ofgem in 2010 to enable network operators to understand what they need to do to provide security of supply at value for money as the UK moves towards a low carbon future.

Along with colleagues in the Centre for the Mathematics of Human Behaviour, we are developing methods for controlling energy storage and management systems in the LV distrubution network. Specifically, we are designing control systems that can take advantage of day-ahead forecasts of energy demand in order to avoid supprt the network and avoid current and voltage violations.

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Marks & SpencerLogo - Marks and Spencer

Marks & Spencer has high profile and public targets for its energy and carbon performance. In recent years, it has improved energy efficiency in its large property portfolio by 23% (Targets 25% by 2012 and 35% by 2015 on a relative basis). This improvement has been achieved through a combination of behavioural change; greater awareness of conservation techniques; investment in energy efficient technology; improvement in peripheral activities, such as facilities management and maintenance and investment in new control solutions to facilitate remote management of building services. These remote management systems are being further developed to not only improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon within the property portfolio, but also to provide supporting services to the electricity transmission system operator. For example, active demand management of building energy systems can provide short term operating reserve to the electricity grid.

The project involves developing an advanced understanding of these new remote management systems and will suggest suitable modelling techniques to demonstrate their operation and effectiveness. The project will also contribute to Marks & Spencer's longer-term efficiency targets and inform future company strategy in this field.

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National Physical Laboratory (NPL)NPL Logo

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute, and is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available.

NPL's measurements help to save lives, protect the environment, enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and companies to innovation.

The Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL reduces uncertainties in climate data, provides the robust measurement that is required to account for, price and trade carbon emissions and helps develop and accelerate the take up of low carbon technologies. Initiatives include the design and control of the smart grid to enable increased connection of renewable energies.

We are collaborating with NPL on a project to develop a system that accurately measures grid impedance. These measurements can reduce barriers to investment in renewable energies and benefit transmission system operators by improving power system state estimation.

The system will consist of Phasor Measurement Units placed at multiple points in the network. Real-time measurements of changes in impedances will be used to monitor the temperature of overhead transmission lines and derive a dynamic thermal rating. These ratings can replace conservative fixed limits on current-carrying capacity and allow better utilization of existing transmission lines, reducing the need for network reinforcement.

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