Energy & Power
“Demand diversity” will allow solar power generators to share their energy
By Anthony Capkun
June 21, 2017 – A University of Huddersfield researcher is developing new technologies that could enable clusters of houses to share their solar energy rather than simply export surplus electricity to the grid. Also, new systems for fault detection will enable homeowners to monitor and maintain the efficiency of their panels.
Ph.D. student Mahmoud Dhimish’s doctoral research is investigating the possibility of reducing the need to export unused energy to the grid by making use of “demand diversity” among adjacent dwellings.
A form of energy storage shared by the connected houses—along with the use of the Internet of Things to monitor and manage electricity demands—will form part of the solution.
A major dimension of Mahmoud’s work is the development of a new algorithm that will enable the rapid detection of faults in PV installations. He has carried out work on the impact of micro-cracks in the performance of solar panels, using the facilities of the University of Huddersfield’s High-Performance Computing Research Group to carry out his analysis.
The research could lead to the development of monitoring units operated directly by households or remotely via the cloud.
PHOTO: Dr. Mahmoud Dhimish’s research could translate into lower energy bills for consumers. Courtesy University of Huddersfield.