Student: Ellis Ridett

In the UK, the Isle of Wight (IoW) wish to become self-sufficient in electricity from renewable sources, which is likely to be achieved through the deployment of utility-scale solar PV farms augmented with rooftop solar PV systems. However, the required expansion is constrained due to an insufficient network capacity, which has resulted in the curtailment of current generators during times of peak generation. The research undertaken explores the potential options to develop the IoW’s renewable power generation by looking at opportunities for local consumption demands, energy storage systems, demand response strategies and smart grid solutions. The resulting methods and concepts will be tested on real-world conditions and will not only support the IoW Council’s aspirations, but also have national and global applications as we make the transition to a low-carbon future.