Project Edison: SMART-DC

TitleProject Edison: SMART-DC
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWilliamson B.J, Redfern M.A, Aggarwal R.K, Allinson J., Harris C., Bowley P., Hotchkiss R.
Conference NameIEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe
KeywordsDc network, Demand offsetting, Intelligent demand management, Micro-generation, smart grid
AbstractThe “War of the Currents” has raged since the 1880s and has been revitalised with the move to widespread use of computers and communications, low energy LED lighting and renewable energy generators. “Project Edison: SMARTDC” is a demonstration project using a DC (Direct Current) smart supply network for ICT and lighting at the University of Bath, UK. A centralised AC/DC converter provides power through a low voltage distribution system to an array of computers and monitors which are part of the library's education support facilities. This bulk DC network provides a secure supply for individual computers and monitors together with several advantages for the AC power network.