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EPSRC Reference: EP/R002320/1
Title: New Methods and Data for Energy Research (NEMDER)
Principal Investigator: Ozkan, Dr N
Other Investigators:
Shaw, Mr BCB Baillie, Dr L Just, Dr M
Corne, Professor DW Strbac, Professor G Whitmarsh, Professor LE
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
IBM
Department: School of Water, Energy and Environment
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 May 2017 Ends: 31 January 2018 Value (£): 60,027
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Energy Information Technologies
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
01 Mar 2017 Energy Systems Catapult Feasibility Studies Call Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Energy system modelling has been driven, at best, annual data series at national or regional level. The roll-out of smart meters along with the increasing availability of new forms of user data from crowdsourced platforms such as social media, mobile phones and apps offers an immense opportunity to improve our understanding of consumer's energy behaviours and preferences and UK's changing energy mix in near real-time at a low geographical resolution. Combining this data with that collected from other non-energy domains and the use of techniques like machine learning and hierarchical analytic methods means that future energy system research can recognise tripping points, emerging patterns, interdependencies and end-user behaviours in near real time. Beyond creating a world leading, state-of-the-art research programme, generating such insights is important both for industry and policy. On the former, understanding consumer demand patterns and development of generation mix in near real time would enable a more effective operation of the network in a future energy system supplied by intermittent renewable resources. Yet, the trajectory of this low carbon transition is highly uncertain as characterised by a large number of future energy system scenarios. Moreover, combining and linking data from multiple sources can support the development of new services, firms and business models. These new approaches can also contribute to develop a more nuanced policy approach to respond to consumer behaviours whilst utilising differences across the energy system in terms of diversity of actors, socio-economic, geographic and network characteristics, demand patterns and interdependencies of energy sector with other sectors such as transport. Otherwise the risks would be widening of existing socio-economic differences and tripping points leading to major bottlenecks on the networks and exacerbating social inequalities.
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