Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Dr Andrew Urquhart

Research Associate

Tel: +44 (0)1509 227119

Location: MBG.0.J12, Garendon Wing

Andrew is a Research Associate with the Centre for Renewable Energy and Systems Technology working on the integration of low carbon technologies onto the electricity distribution network. Andrew is currently working on the Losses Investigation project, funded by Western Power Distribution Ltd, assessing the scale of energy losses on 11 kV and low voltage networks. This includes design of monitoring systems, statistical analysis of the measurement data, and development of novel methods for predicting losses more generally without requiring detailed instrumentation.

Andrew’s broader research interests cover the design of networks that can support an increased number of solar PV systems, electric vehicles, heat pumps and electricity storage. This means understanding the relationships between the time variation and flexibility of electricity demand, and the physical design of feeder networks, cables, transformers and of the low carbon technology appliances. Andrew is developing a set of Python-based tools for network power-flow analysis and electricity demand simulation that enable detailed models to be created. A key requirement of software models is that they should be verified against real-world data and so Andrew’s research has a strong focus on the interpretation of modelling and measurement so that the conclusions are reliable.

BSc Engineering Science, Durham University 1982-1985

 

MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology at CREST, 2009-2012

 

Andrew was employed in the telecommunications industry from 1985 until 2012, first with STC Technology Ltd, then with Nortel, working on mobile cellular system design, antenna design, system modelling and product development. From 2010 to 2012, Andrew was with AceAxis Ltd, leading R&D projects to develop new antenna designs and as Programme Manager with responsibility for teams developing cellular base station radio products.

 

Since 2012, Andrew has been working with CREST, initially as a PhD student researching methods that give more accurate models of low voltage electricity networks so that an increased number of low carbon technologies could be connected. From 2015, Andrew has been a Research Associate working on grid integration of low carbon technologies.

View all Dr Urquhart's publications in the central publications database