Imperial College London

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (Imperial) is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The Control and Power Group has 5 power-engineering academics, 6 control academics, 60 PhD students and 30 Research Associates.

This Imperial team has provided leadership in a number of high-profile research activities particularly in Europe. These include the development of the concept of a Virtual Power Plant for the EU/FP6 project Fenix, and the integration of large-scale wind power for the EU/FP7 project IRENE. The Imperial team, with support from the UK Government, worked on the development of models for offshore connection, offshore network design standards and grid code for the connection of offshore wind farms. Furthermore, the Imperial team worked on the development of new topologies and control strategies for voltage source based high-voltage DC schemes for wind farms.

Main Task Attributed in ClusterDesign

WP2 Electrical cluster design models - The Imperial team leads and provides the main contribution in the development of the electrical cluster design models.

Previous Experience Most Relevant to the ClusterDesign Task

The Imperial team, in collaboration with the UK Government, Regulator and Industry, developed a cost-benefit based framework design of offshore connections that was used in the development of the first Offshore Network Design Standards.

The Imperial team significantly contributed to the Roadmap 2050 and the revision of the trans-European energy network policy (TEN-E), by conducting EU-wide grid modelling and quantification of backup generation and transmission requirements to support a secure operation of the future decarbonized EU electricity system.

The Imperial team carried out the "Grid Integration Options for Offshore Wind Farms" study for the Department of the Trade and Industry of the UK Government.

Members of the Imperial team contributed significantly to the work for the UK Government on the Influence of Wind Farms on Power System Dynamic and Transient Stability, and the ancillary services that wind farms could provide cost effectively to the system.

Members of the Imperial team have developed the methodology for new security standards for distribution networks that were adopted by the industry (ENA, Engineering Recommendation, ER P.2/6).

Members of the Imperial team have ongoing projects with the UK National Grid associated with the control, operation and design of offshore and offshore transmission networks with significant contribution of wind generation.

Professor Goran Strbac leads the CIGRE UK Working Group on Offshore Grid for integration of Round 3 Wind Farms.