University of Bath secures £1m Ofgem funding

A trio of low-carbon technology projects run by the University of Bath (UoB) to integrate renewable sources with the electricity grid have secured more than £1m of Ofgem funding.

According to the university, the funding will enable researchers to finance two new projects, which aim to help prepare electricity grids for increased use of low carbon technologies, as well as providing additional finance for an existing project.

The funding from Western Power Distribution (WPD) forms part of £16m awarded to WPD from the energy regulator Ofgem through the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF).

The first of the projects is Project FALCON (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimised Networks), which aims to increase the local grid’s capacity for handling increased demand and local generation.

The second Project BRISTOL (Buildings, Renewables and Integrated Storage, with Tariffs to Overcome network Limitations), which aims to make integrating renewable energy sources easier and more efficient.

In addition, the existing Low Voltage Network Templates for a Low-Carbon Future project, which was awarded funds in last year’s round of LCNF funding, is anticipated to help identify the effects of low-carbon technologies, with the aim of helping network operators prepare more effectively for the future.

UoB department of electronic and electrical engineering professor Furong Li said: “The three projects being funded all have tangible benefits that will have impact on our lives as fossil fuels become less available.”

Carys Matthews

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