Low and zero carbon distributed generation technologies can often be deployed at the community or building level, local to the point of use.
These can be isolated or often be connected to the low/medium voltage electrical distribution network via power electronics converters.
Based on the capacity and integration techniques they can be proposed in many forms such as microgeneration (µGen), grid connected AC/DC microgrids (µGrids), community grid/µGrid (C-Grid/µGird) and virtual power plant (VPP).
However, due to the uncontrollable nature of variable renewables and the bi-directional power flow in the distribution network, high penetration of clean energy depends on the intelligent and efficient energy management and control
at every level starting from the end user up to the distribution network operator. These are then introduce significant challenges for national electricity supply systems, while bringing significant opportunities to the end users.
Introducing energy storage systems, intelligent energy systems integration and demand side management techniques are also playing important role on the overall network stability and power quality improvement.
The overall goal of the research team is to optimise the integration of renewables in an existing distribution grid and manage clean energy to achieve decarbonized (renewable energy) RE-distribution network with operational flexibility.
Topics in this theme include:
- Micro-generation/Micro-CHP/Micro-grid/VPP systems
- Distributed Energy Storage
- Intelligent Energy Systems and Integration
- Power Electronics Converter, Filter and Stabiliser
- Demand Side Management
- Grid Stability and Power Quality
Shafi K Khadem
Shafi K Khadem
Dr. Shafi Khadem joined the IERC in October 2014 as a Researcher and in March 2016 was promoted to the role of Senior Researcher where he leads the research in the thematic area of embedded and distributed generation systems.
In his current position at IERC, he is involved in conceptualizing, scoping and developing research proposals for collaborative research projects between industries (members of the IERC)
and academia and in parallel preparing and submitting research proposals for the European research framework H2020 both as a coordinator and research partner.
Currently he is coordinating a collaborative research project on community microgrid.
Before joining the IERC Shafi was an IRCSET post-doctoral research fellow and jointly worked with Trinity College Dublin (IE) and Integrated Environmental Solutions (UK) on smart energy management systems for buildings,
especially on energy efficient harmonic load and renewable energy systems modelling with power quality analysis for virtual environment platform.
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Mohamed joined the IERC team in March 2017 as a research engineer. He is involved in projects related to the smart grid, storage systems and renewable energy systems. Mohamed holds a PhD in Electrical and System Control Engineering from the National School of Engineer on Sfax, Tunisia. He has a Masters degree in Modeling Information and Systems from the University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, and a Msc. in International Business Management from ESIEE and ESC, Amiens, France.
Before joining IERC, Mohamed was a Post-doctoral researcher and a teaching assistant at University of Sfax. He was also a visiting researcher at the University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France, and the Federal University of Technology of Paraná, Brazil. He has participated in many research projects and has published more than 10 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He is also a member of IEEE Industrial Application Society (IEEE-IAS).
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Dr. Ankur Majumdar joined the IERC in March, 2018 as a Researcher. Ankur holds a PhD in Electric Power Engineering from Imperial College London, UK. He has a Masters degree in Electric Power Systems (IITD) and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (JU) from India.
Before joining IERC, Ankur was a post-doctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London. His research interests are power system state estimation, active network management, power system operation, optimization and embedded and distributed generation systems. He has also participated in collaborative projects funded by EPSRC and PNRA (UK). He has been a Consultant to UK Power Networks and Powervault in a NIC funded project on integration of small scale energy storages to the electricity grid. He has published several peer-reviewed journal and conference papers (IEEE and IET).
Ankur has become a member of IEEE and IEEE Working Group on Distribution System State Estimation and reviewer of several IEEE and IET journals and conferences.
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EnerPort - P2P Energy Trading
Electricity sector is transiting through a major infrastructural change where several new business models are being developed. EnerPort is an industry-led collaborative research project that will investigate new market models for peer to peer energy trading. This involves implementing blockchain technology with smart metering and designing and demonstrating of residential hardware and software platforms in the Power Electronics Research Centre laboratory in NUI Galway. It will develop a new software tool for the co-simulation of electricity distribution networks and blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading. This project also aims to address the key challenges around these hardware and software requirements and protocols, as well as issues around markets, regulations and policy.
- National University of Ireland, Galway
- Insight Centre for Data Analytics