Imagine a global electricity supergrid. One that links countries, providing reliable and stable baseload electricity from wind and solar resources? Sounds far-fetched, like a science fiction movie? Maybe.
People probably said the same thing to Alexander Graham Bell when he started at University College London 150 years ago . Over the following 20 years he developed and patented the rudimentary telephone and now most of our phone calls are wireless.
UCL PhD candidate Yunyang Wu thinks electricity supergrids could one day be a reality, although certainly a long-way off.
Yunyang hopes his own research ‘modelling of large-scale renewable energy transmission via continental supergrids’ will add to the increasing body of knowledge on how to provide consistent, baseload supply from renewable sources. As well as looking at electricity demand forecasting, he hopes his work will aid the improvement of efficacy, reliability and efficiency of renewable energy systems. Something which is vital if there is to be any hope of creating efficient electricity transmission over vast distances.
Yunyang Wu joined UCL Australia in October 2013 as a BHP Billiton scholarship recipient. He says the strong industry engagement enjoyed by UCL Australia makes it easy to get real data and direct input into his research. All which helps keep the project focussed.
Yunyang came to Australia having already completed a MSc in Power Systems Engineering at UCL in London. Originally from China, Yunyang has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Electric and Electrical Engineering from North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China.