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Quantifying system level investments for large scale PV integration in the UK electric power system (FULLY FUNDED)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr J Mutale
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

The proposed research will develop the framework as well as tools to enable comprehensive assessment of the consequences for power systems of high penetration of PV by quantifying the energy and capacity displaced by PV in different contexts, also taking into account new loads (electric vehicles and increasing cooling requirements in the long term) and the possibility of storing energy. The work will rely heavily on statistical techniques along with extension of classical generation adequacy models which are needed given the increasing stochastic nature of future generation and loads. In addition, based on simplified models of the UK transmission system and on a probabilistic cost based analysis framework, the research will assess the techno-economic implications in terms of additional transmission network requirements for different geographical penetration scenarios. The main outputs of this research will thus be a suite of tools and appropriate metrics for techno-economic assessment of the potential for PV in conjunction with smart technologies to contribute to system security and of the requirement for or displacement of network (transmission and distribution) asset in electric power systems using the whole of the UK as a case study.

Year 1: Taught courses and preparatory study
• Optimisation techniques including stochastic optimisation
• Advanced Power system analysis
• Power System Economics and Operation
• Solar energy – physics of technologies & standards as well as design and deployment
Year 2:
• Problem definition and systematic formulation
• Development of solution algorithm and implementation in software
Year 3: (ca. 2 sentences)
• Assessment of Impact on conventional generation and transmission investment – case studies
• Review and refinement of solution algorithm
Year 4:
• Crystallisation of contributions of thesis and conclusions
• PhD thesis write up

Keywords: Solar PV, network investment costs, system operating costs, optimisation

Funding Notes

This project is funded by EPSRC, the University of Manchester and our Industry partners. Funding is available to UK candidates. EU candidates are also eligible if they have been studying or working continuously in the UK for three or more years (prior to the start date of the programme). The successful candidates will have their fees paid in full and will receive an enhanced maintenance stipend.

See here for information on how to apply and entry requirements: http://www.power-networks-cdt.manchester.ac.uk/study/projects-apply/

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