The official kick-off meeting for HEAPD research consortium took place in New Delhi on the 5th and 6th January 2015. The two-day meeting, hosted by Professor Sukumar Mishra from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, brought together 20 participants from three top UK Universities – Bath, Cardiff and Durham, three Indian Institutes of Technology – Roorkee, Delhi, Kharagpur, and Malaviya National Institute of Technology of Jaipur.
The driver behind this project is the unparalleled risk of the security of electrical supply as the nations around the world move to greater electricity use and at the same time look to more intermittent low-carbon generation. India suffered numerous serious blackouts recently, providing an ideal case study for testing highly innovative solutions that can make power networks more resilient. Local DC grids, supported by local storage and local renewables in residential and commercial buildings, can provide game-changing solutions to meeting the UK and India’s rising energy demand in a sustainable way.
The participants spent the first day of the workshop in showcasing the 7 universities’ research strengths and their respective national and international standing in order to explore added value collaboration beyond this project. On the second day, the workshop was focused on the ambition, goals and scopes of the HEAPD research project, and discussed in detail the roles, implementation plans, exchanges and key outputs from each partner. The key step at this stage is to conduct a thorough literature review on local DC networks and identify the gap in research developments within the research scope.
Next project meeting is scheduled in Bath in July 2015 to review new developments.