We have received a good news that our new international exchange project with Prof. Fei Wang of Shanghai University is funded by the Royal Society. The project is titled “The operation and control strategy of multi-energy integrated DC microgrids”, and aims to develop a DC microgrid based solution to realise the potential benefits of multi-energy systems. The project will be started from 31st March 2021 for a period of 2 years. This project is a timely response to the UK Government new 2050 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from by 80% to 100% of 1990 levels (Net Zero).
We received a good news that Dr Ruichi Wang’s Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship application is successful. The project is entitled “Power and Information Integration Technologies in Microgrids (PAINTING)”. Dr Wang will join the team, and be hosted by Dr Zhengyu Lin at Loughborough University for her Fellowship.
On 22nd October 2019, joint project workshop was held at Loughborough University. More than 20 researchers from 7 institutions attended the workshop.
The workshop includes four invited talks: Dr Dong Chen (Glasgow Caledonian University): Control and operation of a DCdistribution network Dr Matthew Little (Loughborough University): Experience with a stand-alone DC microgrid demonstration system at West Beacon Farm Mr. Navid Bayati (Aalborg University): Localized fault detection and location of DC microgrids Dr Bing Ji (University of Leicester): Reliable power Electronics
Four project presentations from project students were given after an open discussion session for the topic “why DC?”. A training session on “how to write journal papers” was given by Dr Bing Ji of University of Leicester, who is the Editorial Coordinator & Editor of IET power electronics.
Dr Zhengyu Lin moved from Aston University to Loughborough University on 1st May 2019. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics with Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
This research will benefit from the strengths of the CREST including power electronics, energy storage, smart grid, energy network, and renewable energy generations.
The project team visited the project industrial partner Nidec Control Techniques (CT) in Newtown on 15th August 2018. They had a project meeting with Jon Atkinson, Frank Heerdt and many other CT staffs, and discussed how CT’s new generation Digitax HD servo drives can be used in the proposed low voltage DC microgrid research platform.
After the meeting, the project team had a tour of CT’s new hi-tech engineering facility, and also had a visit of the factory. It was really a good experience for our Ph.D students to see how CT’s drives are manufactured, from PCBs and components to packed drives.
The EPSRC Fellowship project kick-off meeting was held in Aston University on 11th July 2018, together with key project industrial partners. It was a good opportunity for the project consortium members get to know each other. The project background, objectives, industrial engagement plans, expectations, and key work package implementation plan were introduced and discussed in the meeting. Frank Heerdt and Andrea Annunziata from Nidec Control Techniques also had a tour of Aston University European Bioenergy research Institute (EBRI) and visited PEMPS research group labs.