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Optimising virtual power plant response to grid service requests at newcastle science central by coordinating multiple flexible assets

Lookup NU author(s): Andrew Jenkins, Dr Haris Patsios, Professor Phil Taylor



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2016.

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Newcastle Science Central is introduced; a 24 acre city centre site being developed as an exemplar sustainable urban environment encompassing Smart Grid technologies throughout. A real time energy management algorithm is proposed to maximise the power availability of the site's flexible electrical assets; all of which have different operating characteristics. Each asset is considered in an equivalent form similar to energy storage, allowing it to be compared on a like-for-like basis through a virtual state of charge. The new Enhanced Frequency Response service offered by National Grid is used as a case study to demonstrate that through intelligent energy management, the site operated as a virtual power plant, can deliver greater value than the sum of the constituent assets operating individually to the same overall control signal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Jenkins AM, Patsios C, Taylor P, Khayrullina A, Chirkin V

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IET Conference Publications

Year of Conference: 2016

Online publication date: 23/02/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 22/05/2017

Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology


DOI: 10.1049/cp.2016.0812