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Energy Storage
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One main disadvantage of electrical energy is that it cannot be easily stored on a large scale and hence almost all electric energy used today is consumed as it is generated. This poses no problems in conventional power plants, in which fuel consumption is continuously varied with the load demand. Wind and photovoltaics, being intermittent sources of power, cannot meet the load demand at all times, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Therefore, energy storage is a desired feature which must be incorporated in modern power systems to improve the energy availability. The importance of energy storage is more pronounced particularly in stand-alone systems. In such cases, energy storage technologies must also be employed to provide ancillary services to the islanded grid.

Research topics of the department of IEPC related to this field are focused on different aspects of energy storage. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Application of energy storage for power quality improvement
  • Improved stability and reliability of the distribution network
  • Large scale integration of energy storage
  • Centralized vs distributed energy storage

IEPC Microgrids Research on 'Engineering Today'
An article on Microgrid research by the Dept. of IEPC at the University of Malta was featured in issue 56 (April 2017) of 'Engineering Today', the Chamber of Engineers' quarterly magazine. 
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Last Updated: 27 March 2017

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