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EPSRC Reference: GR/M03405/01
Title: BATTERY STORAGE FOR POWER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Principal Investigator: Jenkins, Professor N
Other Investigators:
Strbac, Professor G Barnes, Professor M McDoughall, Dr A
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Department: Electrical Engineering & Electronics
Organisation: UMIST
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 1998 Ends: 30 September 2001 Value (£): 206,831
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Storage Power Sys Man, Prot & Control
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Although storage can be used for a number of purposes in the power system, it is likely to be most cost effective as a means of supporting the voltage of critical high value loads during systems voltage distortions and sags. These system voltage distortions may originate wither from faults on the utility power system or from customer loads. Static VAr Compensators (SVCs) can be used to provide some voltage support but, as they have a very limited real power storage capability, cannot provide support during sustained three-phase sags. In order to provide complete voltage support some energy storage system is required.The project will investigate the use of lead acid batteries and advanced power converters to provide real power injection to improve customers power quality. The project is multi-disciplinary with colleagues from the Chemistry Department and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. The methodologies used will include analysis, computer simulation and the construction and testing of hardware models.
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