Exploring Smart Grid Possibilities: A Complex Systems Modelling Approach

Rylatt, R. M., Snape, J. Richard, et al (31 July 2015)

Smart grid research has tended to be compartmentalised, with notable contributions from economics, electrical engineering and science and technology studies. However, there is an acknowledged and growing need for an integrated systems approach to the evaluation of smart grid initiatives. The capacity to simulate and explore smart grid possibilities on various scales is key to such an integrated approach but existing models – even if multidisciplinary - tend to have a limited focus. This paper describes an innovative and flexible framework that has been developed to facilitate the simulation of various smart grid scenarios ...

Will domestic consumers take up the renewable heat incentive? An analysis of the barriers to heat pump adoption using agent-based modelling

Snape, J. Richard, Boait, P. J., Rylatt, R. M. (22 May 2015)

The UK Government introduced the tariff-based domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in April 2014 to encourage installation of renewable heat technologies as a key component of its carbon reduction policy ...

Accommodating renewable generation through an aggregator-focused method for inducing demand side response from electricity consumers

Boait, Peter John, Ardestani, B. M., Snape, J. Richard (01 November 2013)

The ability to influence electricity demand from domestic and small business consumers, so that it can be matched to intermittent renewable generation and distribution network constraints is a key capability of a smart grid. This involves signalling to consumers to indicate when electricity use is desirable or undesirable. ...

Managing complexity in the smart grid through a new approach to demand response

Boait, Peter John, Ardestani, B. M., Rylatt, R. M., Snape, J. Richard (30 June 2013)

Adoption of weather-dependent renewable generation of electricity has introduced additional complexity to the challenge of maintaining a dynamic equilibrium between generation and electricity demand. At the same time the … ...



Demand Management for Isolated Mini-Grids Supplied by Renewable Generation

Boait, P. J., Snape, J. Richard (31 May 2014)

For isolated mini-grids powered by renewable generation, balancing electricity supply and demand is a considerable challenge. This paper reviews the scope and practical methods for active demand management as part of the solution to this problem. ...

An Agent Based Model for Optimal Generation Mix based on Price Elasticity of Aggregated Consumer Demand

Pakka, V. H., Ardestani, B. M., Rylatt, R. M. (5 July 2013)

This work has its interests in the relation between the generation mix within a power system and the elasticity of demand based on the prices emerging from the short term electricity market. The paper starts by describing ...

An Object-Oriented Framework for Analysis of MV/LV Distribution Systems

Pakka, V. H., Rylatt, R. M. (5 July 2013)

The interest of this work is in designing and developing a simulation package for comprehensive analysis of a distribution system based on object-oriented principles. Towards such an objective, we propose a design of a ...

Balancing electricity supply with distribution network constraints

Boait, Peter John, Pakka, V. H. (July 2013)

The need for electricity demand to adapt to distribution network constraints and intermittent supply from renewable generators is widely recognised. However addressing both these goals simultaneously with a single demand ...

Levelling of heating and vehicle demand in distribution networks using randomised device control

Boait, Peter John, Ardestani, B. M., Snape, J. Richard (13 June 2013)

Rising demand from electrical heating and vehicles will drive major distribution network reinforcement costs unless 24-hour demand profiles can be levelled. We propose a demand response scheme in which the electricity ...

Smart grids, local adoption of distributed generation and the feed in tariff policy incentive

Snape, J. Richard (6 June 2013)

This paper focuses on the role of domestic users of the electricity network as potential adopters of renewable micro-generation, particularly domestic photovoltaic (PV) generators. ...

Enhancing energy efficiency through smart control: paths and policies for deployment

Snape, J. Richard, Boait, P. J. (6 June 2013)

Smart devices and controllers are often proposed as an effective way to both minimise and optimise the timing of energy consumption in order to minimise the peaks in demand. A key component of the Smart Grid vision is the widespread use of such devices, ...


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