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Smart Grid

Smart Grid

A reliable, affordable and dependable flow of electricity is vital to power society in the 21st century. Energy experts at Newcastle University are heading the UK's largest Smart Grid project to look at how sources of power can be managed at a reasonable cost.

Electricity impacts every facet of our daily lives, heating our homes, powering our businesses, monitoring our health and keeping people connected with each other through mobile devices.

But energy flow is now a two-way process. Low carbon technologies generated by solar panels and wind farms are feeding into national power networks bringing new challenges to be overcome.

UK’s largest Smart Grid project

Professor Phil Taylor, Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University, and his team of academics and students will work from the University’s new Urban Sciences Building alongside Newcastle University specialists covering the whole spectrum of sustainable urban development.

Professor Taylor has collaborated with industry to develop a £2 million energy storage test bed. The test bed has been built with equipment supplied by Triphase and will pave the way for the future of energy storage.

The new grid scale storage demonstrator will be the first of its kind in the UK and will be integrated with a full scale Smart Grid on the Science Central site.

The real world setting will be crucial in allowing Newcastle University and its partners in industry and academia to thoroughly test power networks for their reliability and sustainability.

Further information

Find out more about Professor Phil Taylor and our vision for a smart grid in the city of Newcastle.

Read about our smart grid lab and energy storage test bed at Newcastle University in our Science Central Smart Energy Labs brochure (PDF: 2.70MB).