The research in energy and complex systems covers the modelling of physical processes occurring inside high current and high voltage circuit breakers; experimental validation of the modelling; exploring new forms of environmentally friendly switchgear; digital control of renewable energy systems and networks; efficient power conversion in-network; battery storage and monitoring and assessing power equipment in networks.
Energy research across the university
Professor Spencer who leads the 'Energy and Power' research group is the university’s academic lead for Sensor City and the industry facing industry 4.0 project called LCR4.0 based in Sensor City. He is also the lead for one the national 5G testbeds called Liverpool 5G testbed and trial for health and social care.
With other institutions
Professor Yan is a visiting Professor at Xian Jiaotong University in China which the University of Liverpool has very close connections with. He has extensive contacts with several industrial companies and is developing an impact case study with a Chinese company (Pinggao Ltd) who use his theoretical models and code to reduce the design cycle for high voltage switchgear. He has received £1M funding from industry. Both Professor Yan and Spencer are members of the “Current Zero Club” which brings international experts from industry and academia together and is limited to a membership of 30 individuals.
Dr Jiang is a visiting Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology and has been involved with collaborative research funded by China and the UK. He also undertakes joint research projects with the University of Wuhan and co-supervises PhD students involved in this joint research project.
Our research has gotten us involved in a Horizon 2020 project called “Fostering Improved Training Tool for Responsible Research and Innovation”, which aims to enhance competencies and skills through an improvement of the training currently available in terms of training tools, actors and strategies.