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Highly distributed power systems: distribution network modelling and demand simulation

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posted on 05.08.2009 by Ian Richardson, Murray Thomson
Assessing the impact of large quantities of domestic micro-generation on the low-voltage distribution network, requires detailed simulation of the existing networks and time-varying power demands. This project aims to construct a high-resolution model of an actual distribution network, to include the simulation of the minute-by-minute demands, particularly in residential areas, where high penetrations of micro-generation could be deployed. The resulting model will provide a platform to assess the implications of highly distributed power systems and to look at the network response to demand side management (DSM) measures. The project encompasses a case study of Loughborough, where an analysis of domestic electricity use is being performed, through the high-resolution capture of residential electricity use data. The project is supported by E.ON UK and by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK, within the Supergen 3 Highly Distributed Power Systems Consortium. The poster provides an overview of the work performed so far in constructing the integrated network model and residential demand simulations.



  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Unit

  • Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)


RICHARDSON, I. and THOMSON, M., 2008. Highly distributed power systems: distribution network modelling and demand simulation. [Poster presented at:] Universitas 21 International Conference in Energy Technologies and Policy, 7th–10th September, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

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This conference poster was delivered at the U21 International Conference on Energy Technologies and Policy ( This poster was also presented at the EPSRC Supergen 3 Dissemination Event (




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