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A risk based approach for trading renewable electricity

Eskandari Torbaghan, Mehran (2016)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Growing energy demand and climate change due to increasing CO2 emissions are two major global issues. The development of Supergrids, which involves connecting national energy supply grids together via interconnections, has been proposed as a measure to overcome these challenges. Supergrids arguably aid the implementation of other measures such as managing demand and development of renewable sources of energy, whilst it has its own benefits, perhaps, the most important one being its economic efficiency in comparison with generating electricity.
A key challenge for developing Supergrids is finding the most suitable countries with which to make an interconnection. This doctoral research aims to develop a risk-based theoretical framework for selecting the most appropriate country (ies) with which to make grid interconnections and trade renewable electricity. Quantitative risk analysis technique is used to compare candidate countries by taking into the account the various risks associated with the construction and maintenance of interconnections. The risks include: social, technical, economic, environment and political aspects.
The framework is demonstrated using the UK as a case study.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Burrow, Michael and Hunt, Dexter
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Engineering, Civil Engineering
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Publications resulting from research:

Eskandari Torbaghan, M., Burrow, M. P. N., and Hunt, D. V. L. (2015) Risk assessment for a UK pan-European Supergrid. Int. J. Energy Res., 39: 1564–1578.
doi: 10.1002/er.3365

Supergrid: projecting interconnection capacities for the UK. Mehran Eskandari Torbaghan, Dexter V. L. Hunt, and Michael Burrow. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability 2014 167:6, 249-263
DOI: 10.1680/esu.14.00010

Eskandari Torbaghan, M.; Hunt, D.; Burrow, M. Projecting the UK’s Future Electricity Supply Mix: A Tool for Generating Sustainable Future Energy Scenarios. In Proceedings of the 3rd World Sustain. Forum, 1–30 November 2013; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 3, 2013 , d010

Subjects:TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:6537
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