Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Research Test Bed Is Officially Switched On

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Research Test Bed Is Officially Switched On

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AUNIQUE energy storage test bed at Newcastle University is now online - storing energy from the local grid and testing innovative new technologies such as super-capacitors and long life, high performance batteries.

Funded through a combined PS2million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Newcastle University and industrial partners Northern Powergrid and Siemens, the facility will be based at Science Central - Newcastle's PS200 million flagship project bringing together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry to create a global centre for urban innovation.

"The energy storage test bed will help make the UK a leader in the adoption, deployment and integration of energy storage technology and establish best practice for energy distributors and industry, which is a huge part of the energy storage challenge", explains Professor Phil Taylor, Professor of Electrical Power Systems and Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University, who is overseeing the Science Central development.

"This exciting new research facility allows us to learn about energy storage generally, quantify its value more effectively and improve it by working with equipment manufacturers and other solution providers."

Currently based in the University's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the test-bed will eventually be housed on Science Central where it will link to the site's microgrid to allow researchers to develop software solutions for smart grids and energy storage.

A key feature of the energy storage test bed is that it can test combinations of energy storage technologies that will respond rapidly to fluctuating demand for power across the grid.

The facility is open to UK industry and academia for use in investigating and testing emerging storage tools, techniques and materials. It allows research to be carried out to better understand the challenges and benefits associated with grid-connected energy storage systems, from storage technologies through to power electronic converter designs and control techniques, and finally into the distribution network. …

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