Smart Grids

Photo shows Professor Mark Gillott of University of Nottingham and the Trent Basin Community Energy Homes hub

Smart Grids


Electrical energy conversion and conditioning technologies, enabled by power electronics, are an essential component of all future sustainable energy scenarios and underpin the emerging low carbon economy. Key applications include the connection of renewable energy generation, more electric transport and the future electricity grid.

The Power Electronics Machines and Control group is working with industry to explore a number of advanced technologies to meet the requirements of future electricity grids. One of these is to improve the quality of power delivered from renewable energies, particularly wind energy.

Voltage variation and flicker are common problems with wind energy, so scientists are looking at creating installations with enhanced grid-control capability. Integrated energy storage is also being investigated allowing the renewable generating plants to behave like conventional power stations. These technologies not only overcome shortfalls in power but also control the amount going into the grid.

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Case Studies


Energy Communities

Renewable energy has seen growth for decades although more significantly in recent years and with its increase in deployment at household level, the traditional “centralized” approach to electricity distribution... read more


Power Quality

Electrifying the energy system in the residential sector and powering it by low carbon electricity is one of the key decarbonisation pathways of the energy system... read more

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