This research area assesses the effects of decarbonisation on the existing energy transmission and distribution networks and how future network technologies will deal with these challenges.
This research area assesses the effects of decarbonisation on the existing energy transmission and distribution networks and how future network technologies will deal with these challenges. It includes:
- research into generation and transmission networks of all scales
- management of demand and integration of different energy vectors
- power electronics research into the design, fabrication and engineering of circuits for reliable high power, high voltage grid-scale applications in the context of energy networks.
This strategy aims to support the profound transformation needed to achieve decarbonisation of the whole energy system, in accordance with the government’s 2050 targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain the security and reliability of the energy supply.
The strategy recognises that fundamental research in Energy Networks plays a crucial role in enabling other technologies to contribute to a secure and resilient energy system.
Increase opportunities for collaboration across research areas
In this research area, we aim to increase the breadth and multidisciplinary nature of the portfolio, strengthening collaboration with fields including, for example:
- power electronics
- stochastic modelling
- computational sciences
- data analytics
- behavioural and environmental sciences.
Our goal is to increase opportunities for mobility between these areas.
Engagement with industry
We are working with the community to increase engagement with industry, consumers and other stakeholders to accelerate impact and deployment of research outputs, while maintaining a longer-term fundamental research perspective.
Growth of heat network research
We aim to nurture the growth of heat network research and integrate non-electrical, multi-vector transmission networks into the research portfolio. This includes biological and synthetic gas networks.
We also aim to develop international and research collaborations as part of the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office’s Official Development Assistance. In particular we aim to develop collaborations on islanded and local networks and interconnection with large, incomplete and unstable networks.
Our aim is to continue to supply people with high-level skills, while addressing the balance and diversity of researchers across career stages.
Strengthen connections with other research councils
We aim to strengthen connections with research in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on the effects of climate change on Energy Networks and with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on the social and consumer aspects of research.