Our ultimate goal is development of a broader network of global infrastructure excellence, with activities realized across three sub-themes:
A digital twin model of a city is designed to accurately represent the city as a real-time virtual counterpart, designed to produce data about aspects of the physical city including electricity use, electricity output, and carbon impact.
Over 18 months, we are developing the foundation for building Chicago’s digital twin, based on the experience of our UK partners for Cardiff and Luxembourg. Digital Twins will be the platform for “what if” scenarios investigating the cyber, energy, and the climate nexus.
Our goal for a digital twin of a Chicago sub-region will include simulation models for alternative fuel strategies, interactions between transport and energy networks, and a case study of a cyberattack resulting in a partial loss of control over the network.
The challenges of electrifying the transport network, including its impact on the National Grid, will be tackled as part of a research network being created in the UK.
The EPSRC-funded network, known as Decarbonising Transport through Electrification (DTE), plans to identify and address some of the challenges holding up the implementation of an integrated, electrified transport system across the automotive, aerospace and rail sectors.
The project, which is being led by Dr Liana Cipcigan, co-director of the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University, will investigate the developments needed to allow integration of the energy network with electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric and hybrid aircraft, and an electrified rail system…