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The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK, offering students a greater choice of degree programmes and options, along with excellent facilities and student support services. The Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS) and Power Conversion (PC) groups at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is at the forefront of research and teaching in the field of electric power engineering in the United Kingdom and internationally.

 

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EEPS comprises 10 permanent academic members of staff and 30+ researchers. EEPS People are in constant contact with industry and at the vanguard of the research trends in electric power engineering. As the home to the National Grid High Voltage Research Centre, the EEPS group is very strong in many aspects of high voltage engineering. Particular areas of competency include transformer insulation and monitoring, polymeric insulation and power system transients.

PC consists of 9 academic staff, and over forty PhD candidates, Post-Doctoral Researchers and Experimental Officers. The Group covers a range of power conversion technologies, and hosts the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Power Conversion Systems, which contains the Intelligent Electric Power Network Evaluation Facility (IEPNEF). The group also has a 240kW 180kWh AC-grid connected energy storage system with a real-time control platform interface to enable rapid controller prototyping.


UPSIDE: Virtual Energy Store™

In 2015, the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, awarded £472k under the Localised Energy Systems competition to a consortium consisting of Upside Energy, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, the Schools of Mathematics and Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Manchester and Enlight. The consortium has successfully develop a cloud service that coordinates energy stored in existing assets including uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar PV systems and electric vehicles. This creates a Virtual Energy Store™ (VES) that will be used to sell a range of balancing services to National Grid. Such services will enable Upside to reduce the cost of energy in the UK, while also reducing the environmental impacts of energy generation and increasing the reliability of supply: a win against all three arms of the “energy trilemma”. The 18-month project was completed in August 2016.


Manifest: Multi-scale Analysis for Facilities for Energy Storage

Manifest is a £4M, 15-partner EPSRC project led by Birmingham. Within the Manifest project the investigators at Manchester (Andrew Forsyth, Rebecca Todd, Rob Dryfe, Ian Cotton and Nando Ochoa) will research new cell chemistries, battery degradation and lifetime and the control methods / operating strategies for storage assets within a smart electricity network. A key theme of the work is establishing a cross-disciplinary modelling capability that ranges from the nano-scale physics of storage device operation and degradation through to the macro-scale behaviour of grid systems. Such a modelling capability is essential to underpin the design and operation of future grid systems, where investment and real-time control decisions need to trade the cost of providing storage services against the wear out / degradation of storage devices.


Research

Research of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS) group goes along three main axes:

  • Power Systems Analysis, Operation and Economics
  • High Voltage and Power System Plant
  • Power System Protection, Control and Communications

Research of the Power Conversion (PC) group includes:

  • Energy Storage and Electrical System Integration
  • Superconducting Fault Current Limiters
  • Power Electronics and Electrical Machine Design
  • Condition Monitoring

Recent Publications of Research Groups:

Control Systems (CS):

  1. J. Carrasco, M.C. Turner, W.P. Heath, “Zames-Falb multipliers for absolute stability: from O’Shea’s contribution to convex searches”, in European Journal of Control, (28), pp. 1-19, 2016.
  2. R. Alli-Oke, W.P. Heath, “A secant-based Nesterov method for convex functions”, in Optimization Letters, pp.1-25, 2016.
  3. A.A. Adegbege, W.P. Heath, “Robust synthesis for directionality compensation”, in IET Control Theory and Applications, 10(3), pp.312-319, 2016.
  4. C.A. Duran Villalobos,B. Lennox, D. Lauri Pla, D, “Multivariate Batch to Batch Optimisation of Fermentation Processes Incorporating Validity Constraints”, in Journal of Process Control, 2016.
  5. K. Groves, B. Lennox, “ Directional wave separation in tubular acoustic systems – the development and evaluation of two industrially applicable techniques”, in Applied Acoustics, 2016.

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Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS):

  1. Z. Wang,Q. Liu,P. Jarman, G. Wilson, R. Hooton, D. Walker, J. Noakhes, “Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Assessment of Transformers”, in CIGRE session, Paris (FR), 21-26 August, 2016.
  2. S.J. Tee, Q. Liu, Z. Wang, G. Wilson, P. Jarman, R. Hooton, P. Dyer, P, “Seasonal Influence on Moisture Interpretation for Transformer Ageing Assessment”, in IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, vol.32, no.3, pp.29-37, 3 August, 2016.
  3. B.S.H. Matharage, Q. Liu, Z. Wang, C. Krause, P.W.R. Smith, P. Mavrommatis, “Methanol and Furan Detections in a Gas to Liquid Hydrocarbon Oil for Indicating Cellulose Insulation Ageing”, in proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Dielectrics, Montpellier (FR), 3-7 July, 2016.
  4. X. Zhang, Z. Wang, Q. Liu, P. Jarman, A. Gyore, P.Dyer, P, “Numerical Investigation of Influences of Coolant Types on Flow Distribution and Pressure Drop in Disc Type Transformer Windings”, in International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis (CDM 2016), Xi’an (CN), 25-28 September, 2016.
  5. M. Daghrah, Z. Wang, Q. Liu, D. Walker, C. Krause, G.Wilson, “Experimental Investigation of Hot Spot Factor for Assessing Hot Spot Temperature in Transformers”, in International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis (CDM 2016), Xi’an (CN), 25-28 September, 2016.

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Microelectronics and Nanostructures (MN):

  1. J. Mullins, V. Markevich, M. Halsall, A. Peaker, “Interactions of hydrogen with vanadium in crystalline silicon”, in Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science, vol. 213, no.11, pp.2838–2843, November 2016.
  2. V.P. Markevich, A.R. Peaker, B. Hamilton, V.E. Gusakov, S.B. Lastovskii, L.I. Murin, B.G. Svensson, “Structure, electronic properties and annealing behavior of Di-interstitial-oxygen center in silicon”, in: P. Pichler (Ed.) Solid State Phenomena, vol. 242, pp. 290-295, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland, 2016.
  3. R. Aaij, C. Abellán Beteta, B. Adeva, M, Adinolfi, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, S. Zucchelli, “Observation of B0s→D¯0K0S and Evidence for B0s→D¯∗0K0S Decays”,in Physical Review Letters, vol.116, no.16, April 2016.
  4. R. Aaij, C. Abellán Beteta, B. Adeva, M. Adinolfi, A. Affolder, Z. Ajaltouni, S. Zucchelli, “First observation of the decay D0→K-π+μ+μ- in the ρ0-ω region of the dimuon mass spectrum”, in Physics Letters. Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, vol.757, pp.558-567, June 2016.
  5. J. Zhang, H. Wang, J. Wilson, X. Ma, J. Jin,A.Song, “Room Temperature Processed Ultra High Frequency Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Schottky Diode”, in I E E E Electron Device Letters, vol.37, no.4, pp.389-392, March 2016.

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Microwave and Communication Systems (MCS):

  1. J.Carrasco, M.C. Turner, W.P. Heath, W. P, “ Zames-Falb multipliers for absolute stability: from O’Shea’s contribution to convex searches”, in. European Journal of Control, vol.28, pp.1-19, March 2016.
  2. R. Alli-Oke, W.P. Heath, “A secant-based Nesterov method for convex functions”, in Optimization Letters, pp.1-25, March 2016.
  3. A.A: Adegbege, W.P. Heath, “Robust synthesis for directionality compensation”, in I E T Control Theory and Applications, vol.10, no.3, pp.312-319, January, 2016.
  4. C.A. Duran Villalobos, B. Lennox, D. Lauri Pla “Multivariate Batch to Batch Optimisation of Fermentation Processes Incorporating Validity Constraints”, in Journal of Process Control, vol.46, pp.34-42, October, 2016.
  5. K. Groves, B. Lennox, “Directional wave separation in tubular acoustic systems – the development and evaluation of two industrially applicable techniques”, in Applied Acoustics, September, 2016.

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Power Conversion (PC):

  1. T. Feehally, A. Forsyth, R. Todd, M.P. Foster, D. Gladwin, D.A. Stone, D. Strickland, “Battery energy storage systems for the electricity grid: UK research facilities”, paper presented at IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), Glasgow (GB), 19-21 April, 2016.
  2. B. Chang, O. Cwikowski, X. Pei, M. Barnes, R. Shuttleworth, A. Smith, “Impact of Fault Current Limiter on VSC-HVDC DC Protection”, in IET 12th International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission, Bejing (CN), 28-29 May, 2016.
  3. M. Barnes, R. Shuttleworth, D. Vilchis-Rodriguez, “Finite element analysis and efficiency improvement of the Thomson coil actuator, IET Power Electronics”, paper presented at IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), Glasgow (GB), 19-21 April, 2016.
  4. X. Pei, O. Cwikowski, D. Vilchis-Rodriguez, M. Barnes, A. Smith, R. Shuttleworth, “A Review of technologies for MVDC circuit breakers”, in 42nd Annual IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON), Florence (IT), 24-27 October, 2016.
  5. M. Barnes, S. Gao, “Phase-Locked Loops for Grid-Tied Inverters: Comparison and Testing”, paper presented at IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), Glasgow (GB), 19-21 April, 2016.

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Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing:

  1. H. Yin, A.R.S.A. Bin Ghaith Alsuwaidi, C. Veys, M. Hussey, B. Grieve, “Hyperspectral Selection Based Algorithm for Plant Classification”, in IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques, Chania (GR), 4-6 October, 2016.
  2. H.-Y. Kim, O.M. Dawood, U. Monteverde, J. Sexton, Z. Li, L. Britnell, M. Missous, “Multilayer Stacking and Metal deposition Effects on Large Area Graphene on GaAs”, Carbon, vol.96, pp.83-90, January, 2016.
  3. A. Muller, B. Robertson Welsh, P. Gaydecki, M. Gresil, C. Soutis, “Lamb Waves Boundary Reflections in an Aluminium Plate for Defect Detection related to Structural Health Monitoring”, paper presented at 8th European Workshop On Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM), Bilbao (ES), 5-8 July, 2016.
  4. J.L. Zhang, M.X. Mao, J.M. Ye, H.G. Wang, W. Yang, “Investigation of wetting and drying process in a gas-solid fluidized bed by electrical capacitance tomography and pressure measurement”, in Powder Technology, vol.301, pp.1148-1158, November, 2016.
  5. J. Oakley, M.S. Beck (Ed.), E. Campogrande. (Ed.), M. Morris (Ed.), R. A. Williams (Ed.), R.C. Waterfall (Ed.), “A Simulation study of sensitivity in stirred vessels”, in M. S. Beck, E. Campogrande, M. Morris, R. A. Williams, R. C. Waterfall (Eds.), host publication, 2016.

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