The ResilientWorks project focuses on two domain areas for its activities/projects, specifically energy and transportation. The energy side of ResilientWorks covers the resiliency or “balance” of supply and demand taking into account immediate forecast and long term forecasting. This is going to become even more challenging over the course of the next 20 years as electric vehicles become more commonplace.
Currently there are an estimated 400,000 electric vehicles in the UK, (including battery electric and plug in hybrid) this number will grow in line with Government policy and as the consumer engages with the green agenda. This in turn will increase demand for electricity and potentially changing demand location and timing within today’s electricity networks.
The integration of electric vehicle demand forecasting coupled with the principle of using an electric vehicle battery as an energy storage device will allow the ‘balancing’ of our energy networks whilst maintaining system availability, reliability and quality of supply.
The transport side of ResilientWorks is focused on autonomous connected vehicles, in particular road vehicles, but the remit of ResilientWorks isn’t limited to “cars”, it includes all transport options including aviation, rail and maritime.
In this area, we are especially interested in the resilience of autonomous vehicles and systems, how this can be measured, quantified and ultimately “proven” as part of safety critical systems. This however has become increasingly more difficult as system complexity, interconnectivity, data volumes, etc. have dramatically increased, and so a new way of looking at “design proving” and continuous assessment of operational resilience is needed to deal with the challenges posed.
Tackling these varied issues and collaborating with Thales are Cardiff University, EyzOn Energy and the Welsh Government.
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