Power networks

Having an energy infrastructure that is fit for purpose is of fundamental importance to the UK's low carbon future and achieving the Government's 2050 targets for reducing the UK's carbon dioxide emissions. Having an appropriate supply of people in this area is critical to ensuring this is possible.

This priority area focuses on the effect of increases in the use of renewable energy sources on the existing energy supply network and how future network technologies will deal with these challenges. It includes small and medium scale generation networks in areas such as high-voltage direct current and smart grids. This also encompasses optimisation and adaption of the existing system as part of a pathway towards 2050.

Proposals are invited for focused centres applying under this priority area only and are expected to include a level of industry involvement. It is up to the applicant to justify the level of industry involvement in their proposal. In order to link excellence in training with excellence in research, proposals are expected to link with EPSRC’s large research investments in this area such as HubNet and the power networks Grand challenges and to provide details as to how they plan to do this.

Any centre and its students are also expected to network with others addressing the energy problem through the energy Centres for Doctoral Training network, appropriate resources should be requested to enable them to do this.