Ali is a PhD student at the smart energy group at ECU. His research project title is "Improved Flexibility and Control of Microgrids by the Integration of Heat Pumps in Renewable Energy Systems"
Research Project Brief Description:
Power systems are moving from centralized fossil-fueled power plants to renewable energy (RE) hybrid systems where solar and wind are major sources. The main challenge associated with RE technologies that recent systems are facing is their intermittent nature. Due to this indeterminacy, alternative sources of flexibility are required. On the other hand, residential and commercial buildings have considerable potential for providing this flexibility by exploiting energy-efficient devices like ground source heat pump (GSHP) coupled with a storage water tank. The proper integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the GSHP could provide reserve power for the grid and reduce power demand from demand-side. This research is a practical attempt to integrate various RES and GSHP effectively into buildings and the grid. The multi-directional approach in this work requires an optimal control strategy to reduce energy cost and provide an opportunity for power trade-off or feed-in in the electricity market.