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UK university wins £1m low carbon network funding

19 Mar 2012

The University of Bath in South West England has been awarded £1m from Western Power Distribution (WPD) for its low carbon energy network.

The money will support two new projects and give the university an additional role in a scheme awarded last year.

Project Falcon (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimised Networks) will test a range of grid and commercial management methods for increasing the local power network’s ability to handle increased demand and microgeneration.

Project Bristol (Buildings, Renewables and Integrated Storage, with Tariffs to Overcome Network Limitations) will see researchers at Bath work on domestic direct current networks and energy storage systems that reduce peaks in electricity supply and demand, while also aiding the integration of renewable energy sources.

The funding comes as part of £16m awarded to WPD by UK power regulator Ofgem through the Low Carbon Network Fund.

Furong Li, from the University’s department of electronic and electrical engineering, said, ‘Ofgem has released funding for a whole raft of projects across the country, and the University of Bath is involved in more of these than any other academic institution.

‘The three projects being funded all have tangible benefits that will have impact on our lives as fossil fuels become less available. We are all aware that the modern lifestyle we enjoy relies on electricity, and finding effective ways to generate and manage this beyond the use of fossil fuels is critical and urgent.’

Miles Davis, from the University’s research development and support office, added, ‘These awards are a huge vote of confidence in the university from the power industry – they recognise our leading expertise in low-carbon research. Working with WPD will give Bath a central role in work on the future of the UK grid as we move towards a lower-carbon world.’

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