Coordinating research in energy networks


HubNet - A Hub for Energy Networks

HubNet is a consortium of researchers from various UK universities tasked with coordinating research in energy networks in the UK. HubNet was funded by the Energy Programme of Research Councils UK under grant number EP/I013636/1 (2011-2016) and now EP/N030028/1 (2016-2018).

This Hub provides research leadership in the field through the publication of in-depth position papers written by leaders in the field and the organisation of workshops and other mechanisms for the exchange of ideas between researchers, industry and the public sector.

HubNet supports research across a range of topics to spur the development of innovative solutions for low-carbon and secure energy networks. We have identified the following broad areas as crucial to that objective:

  • Energy Networks Modelling and Planning
  • Network Control & Operation under Uncertainty
  • Distributed and Intelligent Control
  • Information Systems for Energy Networks
  • Offshore Network Infrastructure
  • Grid-Scale Storage
  • New Distribution Infrastructure

The HubNet Association is a free-to-join grouping of researchers and research users. Join via the "HubNet Registration" tab to get access to working document versions of positions papers, an archive of workshop and symposium presentations and to receive notification of future events.

Latest Additions

A major review of Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) by Britain?s electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) has found a significant revival in activity, much of it due to the 500 million Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) launched in 2009.

The review was commissioned by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and HubNet, a network of UK academics researching electric power systems, and was carried out at the University of Strathclyde. It looks at the outcomes of the LCNF, which was set up in 2009 to provide a financial catalyst for power network innovation. The review synthesises, for the first time, key learning from the funded projects, identifying gaps and suggesting priorities for new rounds of research and development. The LCNF Review can be found here .