University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde is a prestigious educational institution with its origins as an educational establishment dating back to 1796. Recently, University of Strathclyde has been named the UK's University of the Year in the 2012 Times Higher Education Awards. The Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE) at Strathclyde undertakes a balanced portfolio of basic, strategic and applied research in electrical power engineering, with research supported by EPSRC, ETI, Scottish Government, EU and industry. InstEE represents one of the largest electrical power engineering and energy technology University groups in Europe comprising of more than 200 staff and researchers. The Institute has established a strong research portfolio including significant effort in the area of smart grids and wind integration. The Strathclyde research team are well served by experimental facilities including the DNAP microgrid with power hardware-in-the-loop capability, real time simulation suite, GSE control room simulator, and the recent Power Networks Demonstration Centre.
USTRATH's Role in ELECTRA IRP: Strathclyde will be the leader of WP9 "Exchange of researchers", in which it also leads Task 9.1 "Establish Exchange Structure and Management" as well as participating in the other WP9 tasks. Strathclyde is additionally deputy lead for WP6 and WP8, with particular leadership responsibility for Task 6.3 "Minimising the impact of system disturbances on real time operation", Task 8.3 "Development and demonstration of decision support prototypes for system operator control room functions", and Task 8.4 "Consolidation of Experiences from decision support prototypes experiments and interactions with DSOs and TSOs". Contributions are also made to a number of other tasks within ELECTRA, building on the team's expertise.
Strathclyde has participated in many smart grid research and development projects, spanning innovative long term research to near term demonstration and field trial. EU framework projects DERRI, DERLab, DISPOWER have provided opportunities for the research and experimental testing of various smart grid controls. Furthermore, the Strathclyde team have led a number of UK consortia projects, including SUPERGEN HiDEF and APS, where distributed and intelligent controls have been researched. The team have also collaborated on a number of industrial projects, such as NINES (SSE), Flexible Networks (ScottishPower), PAD (ALSTOM), ISLES (Scottish Govt).