Network restrictions in IoT-based microgrids

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This project aims to utilise current advancements in IoT technologies to develop more efficient and reliable microgrids.

A microgrid is any combination of power sources, users and connections operated by some sort of control system.

Microgrids can consist of one small building, or a number of buildings within an area and can be operated autonomously or connected to the main grid.

Microgrids and their control are becoming increasingly important, both in developing countries (where they are often provide stand-alone power) and in developed countries (where localised control enables the integration of renewable energy sources). The main challenge in microgrids that include a significant volume of highly variable renewable generation is to ensure the demand and supply of power is balanced.

Current advancements in IoT technologies enable a more efficient and reliable approach for controlling and managing microgrids, but also presents challenges.

This project will expose potential risks before they become a problem in the field (and destroy trust of stakeholders) and enable debate around risk mitigation strategies.

The project will build on the work Professor Rogers and his team have been conducting at the University of Oxford (under the EPSRC funded RHYTHM project) to test a range of issues which could be caused and establish when/why they could occur.

The team will work with stakeholders and industrial partners to define the boundaries of potential problems, before utilise an existing rig at Oxford to model challenges and explore practical solutions. An end of project workshop will raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities regarding use of IoT technology in micro-grid applications.

Project lead:

Professor Dan Rogers, University of Oxford

Partners:

University of Oxford

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