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Power-Link - New research to assist smart grid development

The €3.5 million ParaPhrase Project, supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, has been launched to research the impact of maximising the speed of computer processors working together “in parallel” to give peak performance.

The €638,000 Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)-based project, which will run for three years, will look to exploit high performance computers effectively and could help maximise the benefits of smart-grid technology.

“By applying advanced parallel processing techniques, the weather sensors currently mounted on power plants and the amount of data this produces could be augmented, with additional measure points and enhanced analysis to further improve models and forecasts,” said Dr Horacio González-Vélez, a lecturer at the school of computing and the principal investigator of the project at RGU.

“These improved weather predictions could in turn be utilised to more precisely predict the energy production at a certain point in time. If these predictions were then used in a ‘smart-grid’ scenario for example, they could help calculate the energy needed from distinct power resources faster and more accurately.”

The project involves six academic institutions including St Andrews University, Robert Gordon University, the University of Stuttgart in Germany, Queens’ University Belfast, and the Universities of Torino and Pisa in Italy. Experts from industrial partners include Erlang Solutions in the UK, Mellanox Israel and the Software Competence Centre in Austria.

Source: European Environmental Press (EEP)