Energy Technologies and Complex Systems

Energy technologies research involves experimental and simulation work on individual pieces of electrical plant (e.g. Switchgear, transformers, power electronics, renewable energy etc) and their integration into a power network. Conventional and non conventional sensors and monitoring systems have been used to check the health and condition of electrical plant individually and in a power network. Such a network is one form of a complex system and the monitoring approach provides an holistic view of the network or system performance and is able to extract latent information from the acquired data. Such information can be used to identify emergent behaviour which can be utilised for diagnostic and prognostic purposes to predict system or component failure in advance or it can be used to optimise the performance of equipment/system. Economic and computational theories and algorithms also support the optimisation of energy technologies.

The methodologies used to address the complex behaviour of energy technologies is a generic approach to monitoring complex systems per se. The applications for monitoring of complex conditions where the technology has been successfully deployed has been in health and domiciliary care, aerospace, rail transport, drive fatigue, optimisation and control of anaerobic digesters, liquid quality assessment (fuel, oil, whisky etc), skin condition assessment, air quality, general condition and asset assessment of large pieces of equipment etc.

The thematic areas that contribute to Energy Technologies and Complex Systems Research include:

  • Energy and Power
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Optical fibre and optical based sensors
  • Monitoring of Complex Systems
  • Complexity Theory and Algorithms
  • Economics and Computation

and encompass research in the areas of Sensors and Auctions.