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Whole System Impacts and Socio-economics of wide scale PV integration

This project is associated with the EPSRC Solar Energy Hub. It sets out the scientific, technical and socio-economic grand challenge of wide scale integration of photovoltaic systems (PV) into electric power systems with particular focus on the UK.

Project date: 
Sunday, May 12, 2013 to Wednesday, May 11, 2016



Dr Joseph Mutale

Dr Mutale obtained the BEng degree in Electrical Machines and Power Systems from the University of Zambia. His MSc in Electric Power Transmission and Distribution and PhD in Power System Economics, were obtained from the University of Manchester in 1987 and 2000 respectively. Prior to joining the University of Manchester in 2002 Dr Mutale spent over 15 years in the electric utility industry. His industrial experience includes a wide range of technical posts at ZESCO, the Zambian National Utility, including Director of Engineering Development and Transmission Manager.

Solar energy, Renewable energy, Technology, Sustainability, Energy networks, Networks, Electric and electronics, Energy, Power system, Energy supply, Business, Technical assistance, Engagement, Rural studies


Dr Roger Shuttleworth

My career started in power systems and power electronics, and involved work on the modelling of power systems, using both dynamic and computer models. I have since worked in textile instrumentation, and on circuit breaker actuators for vacuum switches.

Solar energy, Renewable energy, Technology, Power system, Energy networks, Energy, Power electronics, Electric and electronics, Thermal energy, Lighting, Infrastructure, Cities, Electric vehicles, Energy storage, Green travel, Energy efficiency, Waste


Dr Paul Gilbert

Dr Paul Gilbert is a lecturer in climate change, sustainability and project management within the School of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He is a member of Tyndall Manchester within the international Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and contributes to undergraduate/postgraduate teaching on carbon management, sustainable waste management and project management. Paul joined the University of Manchester in 2009 as a Research Associate on the EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Consortium.

Emissions, Shipping, Carbon, Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Biomass, Management, Climate, Sustainability, Waste, Waste management, Teaching, Education, Energy efficiency, Transport


Dr Luis Ochoa

Within the 'big area' of Flexible Low-Carbon Distribution Networks (medium and low voltage) the following are my main research interests:

- Integration of Distributed Low-Carbon Technologies (wind, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, storage, demand side management)

- Active Network Management (Smart Grids)

- Optimisation of Distribution Networks (operation and planning)

- Future Distribution Network Management Systems

- Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) Hardware-in-the-Loop Studies

Smart grids, Energy networks, Energy, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Carbon, Energy planning, Technology, Emissions, Wind energy, Renewable energy, Solar energy, Electric and electronics, Photon science, Electric vehicles, Green travel


Dr Sarah Mander

Sarah started her career as a Chemical Engineer, initially working as a project engineer in the chemical and pharmaceutical's industry. Upon leaving industry, she spent six years working in a variety of roles for an urban design and build company. For these six years her job included facilitating community engagement in regeneration projects, welding, workshop management and promoting sustainability within urban neighbourhoods. In 1999 she joined Manchester School of Management researching the penetration of wind energy in the North West for her PhD.

Cities, Sustainability, Behaviour, Community, Engagement, Wind energy, Renewable energy, Energy, Recycling, Energy efficiency


Prof Bruce Hamilton

My current research concerns the fundamental physics of emerging materials systems which will underpin future generarions of electronic and photonic devices.

My research is based in the Photon Science Institute and involves collabaration with international advanced light source facilities.

Physics, Quantum mechanics, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Solar energy, Renewable energy, Technology, Materials, Electric and electronics, Photon science, Instrumentation, Spectroscopy


Dr Pierluigi Mancarella

Research interests:

- Modelling and analysis of smart multi-energy systems (electricity/heat/cooling/gas/transport) and distributed multi-generation (cogeneration, trigeneration);

- Impact of electro-thermal technologies (cogeneration, heat pumps, storage) on distribution networks;

- System level analysis of the electricity, heat and transport sectors;

- System integration of distributed energy resources and sustainable development of energy systems;

- Economics of future networks, energy markets, and business cases for new technologies;

Energy planning, Energy networks, Networks, Power system, Smart grids, Electric and electronics, Thermal energy, Technology, Cogeneration, Energy supply, Energy, Energy capture, Storage, Transport, Sustainability, Renewable energy, Risk, Evaluation, Teaching, Education, Solar energy, Photon science


Dr Patricia Thornley

Patricia Thornley is a chartered physicist with over 20 years experience working in bioenergy in industry and academia. She was involved with engineering implementation of many of the UKs early bioenergy plants, but is now based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Patricia leads the 4.5 million EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub, which aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research challenges associated with delivering sustainable bioenergy systems.

Bioenergy, Energy, Renewable energy, Biomass, Systems analysis