About the Project
Change in electricity generation sources and increasing energy demand are bringing into question the ability of existing energy distribution networks to cope with greater variation in supply by network management measures. For example, matching demand with variable, intermittent, supply from renewables requires flexibility in when and where electricity demand occurs. Technology, such as smart meters and batteries, are considered part of the solution to this network management problem; helping shift demand with oversight of network requirements of grid balancing, frequency control, and capacity utilisation. Technologies are, however, limited in terms of control and ability to shift and store energy and their uptake and implementation are uncertain. Aligned with the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions, this PhD project will look at energy network operation and energy technology functionality with respect to flexibility in energy demand. The project will inform modelling of demand on energy networks, looking at how, when, and where people demand energy. Combining adoption of technology with an understanding of flexibility will inform on the resilience of current energy infrastructure to transitions in supply and demand.