The University of Strathclyde is a major research and teaching laboratory in the United Kingdom. The University’s Faculty of Engineering has a broad research portfolio with a strong focus on energy.
The Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE) represents one of the biggest groupings of basic, strategic and applied research teams in electrical power engineering and energy technology in Europe. Comprising over 200 researchers comprising over 200 researchers and 26 academics, InstEE has an established research portfolio that includes significant effort in the area of integration of distributed energy resources.
The Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE) within the University of Strathclyde’s Department for Electronic and Electrical Engineering has a core expertise covering: power systems modelling, simulation and analysis; power electronics, drives and converters; wind energy and technology; renewable energy; protection and control; demand side management; high voltage technologies; monitoring, diagnostics and advanced ICT solutions for the power industry.
Research and Testing Laboratories:
The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) and the Distribution Network Automation and Projection laboratory (D-NAP) are highly capable and flexible facilities for the research, demonstration and testing of new DER technologies. This includes inverters, protection devices and software controllers.
Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC)
Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) is a facility built to research, develop and test new technologies and solutions on LV and MV power networks. The network within PNDC comprises 11kV overhead and underground lines that can be configured to represent typical rural, urban and suburban networks and a LV network. The network can be supplied either directly from the grid or using a 1MVA motor-generator set to allow both voltage and frequency disturbances to be applied. Voltage and frequency can be controlled to replicate fluctuations recorded during real network events or can be directly controlled by a Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) creating a power hardware in-the-loop (PHIL) simulation.
Distribution Network and Protection Laboratory (D-NAP)
The Distribution Network and Protection Laboratory (D-NAP) is a laboratory facility comprising a 400V 100kVA micro-grid that can be operate as grid connected or islanded, integrated with a real-time digital network simulator and protection injection laboratory. The facility offers power hardware-in-the-loop capability, and incorporates induction machines, programmable load banks, and various 1/3 – phase inverters. Power and data links to demand side and energy storage laboratories are also incorporated. This has further been supplemented with a number of convertors to allow experimental testing of schemes for DC networks. These facilities have been extensively used in academic research, directed investigations for industrial partners, testing to support policy and code revision, and international collaborations with visiting research teams.
High Voltage Technologies (HVT)
The High Voltage Technologies (HVT) laboratory and Electrical Plant Diagnostics Group includes a 100kV AC test set with digital partial discharge (PD) detection equipment. This allows calibrated PD measurements for testing HV components and during experimental research. In addition, there is a range of UHF equipment for monitoring of PD in substations and power transformers, which includes locating defects in power transformers and gas insulated substations and development of multiple-defect location techniques. There are also technologies available for harvesting electromagnetic energy to power autonomous wireless sensors.
The University of Strathclyde is able to offer the following services within the PNDC, D-NAP and HVT facilities:
- Systems testing of inverters and control schemes
- Static Type Testing of protection devices to local, national and international standards
- Dynamic Type Testing of protection devices and protections schemes
- Systems testing of distributed controllers and associated communications
- Testing of HV and LV devices during normal and abnormal network conditions
- Testing of sensors and measurement systems
- Testing of network and demand-side control devices and schemes
- Testing of communication technologies for protection, automation and control systems
- Testing of HVDC, FACTS and V2G/G2V devices
- Measurements of power quality and analysis of power quality impact
- Partial discharge (PD) measurement to IEC60270 in HV components and systems
- Design and calibration of UHF PD sensors
- Testing of HV insulation components
- Characterisation of dielectric materials for HV insulation
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