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Developing Scalable Smart Grid Infrastructure to Enable Secure Transmission System Control

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Principal investigator: Gareth Taylor
Co-investigator: Prof Maozhen Li

Project description

The collaborative smart grids research project involved researchers from both the UK and China.  

In the UK, as the GB transmission operator, National Grid has established the ‘Gone Green’ scenario, which results in 35% of UK electricity being sourced from renewable energy sources by 2020. They will face significant operational challenges over the next decade and beyond.  Similarly in the Guangzhou province of China there exists one of the most technologically advanced and operationally complex transmission systems in the world.

The collaborative interdisciplinary smart grids research will investigate and develop scalable tools on secure high performance computing platforms that support large-scale, interoperable near to real-time data processing and data mining methods. Novel near to real-time simulation techniques and computational analysis will be investigated with regard to deployment and performance at high computational speeds, using novel scalable tools and infrastructure such as trusted cloud computing processor, chipset and platform-level security will be investigated and developed to provide protected computational environments such that critical applications cannot be compromised.

The novel smart grid tools and techniques developed in this project will benefit considerably in the future availability of such scalable, high performance and secure tools when operating more complex future transmission systems that accommodate greater amounts of renewable energy resources in 2020 and beyond, as they will be able to securely accommodate larger amounts of intermittently renewable energy sources and thereby enable the decarbonisation of the electricity supply industry in line with 2020 targets.