Dr

Thomas Morstyn PhD BE

EPSRC Research Fellow

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Biography

Dr. Thomas Morstyn is an EPSRC research fellow in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford. He leads the EPSRC project ‘A Networked Market Platform for Electric Vehicle Smart Charging’, and he is a co-investigator on the Innovate UK demonstrator ‘Vehicle-to-Grid Oxford (V2GO)’ and also the EPSRC project ‘Market Design for Scaling Up Clean Local Energy Systems’.

Thomas received a B.E. (Hon.) degree from the University of Melbourne in 2011, and a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2016, both in electrical engineering. Before undertaking his PhD, he spent two years working in Rio Tinto’s Technology and Innovation Group.

His research interests include multi-agent control and market design for the integration of distributed energy resources into power systems.

Research Interests

Power systems are undergoing a fundamental transition due to the rapid adoption of distributed energy technologies, including photovoltaic generation, electric vehicles, home batteries and heat-pumps. When combined with consumer-level ICT infrastructure, these resources allow previously passive distribution network consumers to become ‘prosumers’ – consumers who can proactively manage their consumption, production and storage of energy.

Thomas' research focuses on the design of control systems and digital market platforms to incentivise coordination between prosumers, and to integrate their flexibility into the operation of the power system. His research interests include distributed control of networked systems, optimisation and power system engineering.

He also collaborates with economists and social scientists to integrate game theory and the impact of behaviour on energy flexibility into his research.

Research Groups

Current Projects

A Networked Market Platform for Electric vehicle Smart Charging

The aim of this project is to answer a key research question for power systems engineering: “As the UK and other countries move towards transport electrification, how can we incentivise coordination between millions of electric vehicle owners and successfully integrate them into power system operations?” The project builds on networked matching markets as a new mathematical framework for scalable peer-to-peer energy trading.

A networked market platform for electric vehicle smart charging will be designed, which can incentivise aggregate and localised coordination between owners of electric vehicles, owners of renewable sources/energy storage systems and distribution network operators responsible for managing local power flows and voltage limits.

Market Design for Scaling Up Clean Local Energy Systems

With Professor Cameron Hepburn

The aim of this project is to investigate how system-level energy markets could be adjusted to facilitate the successful scale up of local energy market platforms to the national level. The project will develop new negotiation mechanisms to enable coordination between interconnected local energy markets (operating in parallel at different time scales and physical scales). New mechanisms for pricing externalities (e.g. network congestion, air pollution) will be developed which can be integrated into local markets for peer-to-peer energy trading and distribution system flexibility.


Vehicle-to-Grid Oxford

With Professor Malcolm D. McCulloch and Dr Katherine Collett

This project is focused on coordinating electric vehicle delivery fleets to minimise the cost of charging, and to generate revenue by offering vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services to National Grid. The project includes a real-world demonstration with 100 vehicles, with fleet operators including Royal Mail and UPS. Given the usage and operation of an electric vehicle fleet, the platform will assess the combination of V2G services that maximize overall value (e.g. smart charging, wholesale energy trading, operating reserves, fast frequency response, reactive power). In addition, the data gathered by the platform will offer new opportunities to assess different options for fleet composition and charging infrastructure.

Selected Publications

  • T. Morstyn, A. Teytelboym, M. D. McCulloch, “Bilateral Contract Networks for Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 2026–2035, Mar. 2019
  • L. Han, T. Morstyn, and M. D. McCulloch, “Incentivizing Prosumer Coalitions with Energy Management using Cooperative Game Theory” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 303–313, Jan. 2019
  • T. Morstyn, M. Chilcott, M. D. McCulloch, “Gravity Energy Storage with Suspended Weights for Abandoned Mine Shafts,” Applied Energy, vol. 236, pp. 201–206, Jan. 2019
  • T. Morstyn, N. Farrell, S. J. Darby, M. D. McCulloch, “Using Peer-to-Peer Energy-Trading Platforms to Incentivize Prosumers to Form Federated Power Plants,” Nature Energy, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 94–101, Feb. 2018
  • T. Morstyn, A. Teytelboym, M. D. McCulloch, “Designing Decentralized Markets for Distribution System Flexibility” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Dec. 2018 (Early Access)
  • R. Zhang, B. Hredzak, T. Morstyn, “Distributed Control with Virtual Capacitance for the Voltage Restorations, State of Charge Balancing and Load Allocations of Heterogeneous Energy Storages in a DC Datacenter Microgrid” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Dec. 2018 (Early Access)
  • T. Morstyn, M. D. McCulloch, “Multi-Class Energy Management for Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Driven by Prosumer Preferences” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, May 2018 (Early Access)
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Control Strategies for Microgrids with Distributed Energy Storage Systems: An Overview”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 3652–3666, Jul. 2018
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, R. P. Aguilera and V. G. Agelidis, "Model Predictive Control for Distributed Microgrid Battery Energy Storage Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 1107–1114, May 2018
  • T. Morstyn, A. V. Savkin, B. Hredzak and H. D. Tuan, "Scalable Energy Management for Low Voltage Microgrids Using Multi-Agent Storage System Aggregation," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 1614–1623, Mar. 2018
  • T. Morstyn, A. V. Savkin, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Multi-Agent Sliding Mode Control for State of Charge Balancing Between Battery Energy Storage Systems Distributed in a DC Microgrid”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 4735–4743, Sep. 2018
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Network Topology Independent Multi-Agent Dynamic Optimal Power Flow for Microgrids with Distributed Energy Storage Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 3419–3429, Jul. 2018
  • T. Morstyn, A. Teytelboym, M. D. McCulloch, “Matching Markets with Contracts for Electric Vehicle Smart Charging”, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES-GM), pp. 1–5, Aug. 2018
  • M. Deakin, T. Morstyn, D. Apostolopoulou, M. D. McCulloch, “The Value of Reactive Power for Voltage Control in Lossy Networks”, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES-GM), pp. 1–5, Aug. 2018
  • J. Dixon, T. Morstyn, L. Han, M. D. McCulloch, “Flexible Cooperative Game Theory Tool for Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Analysis”, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES-GM), pp. 1–5, Aug. 2018
  • M. Deakin, T. Morstyn, D. Apostolopoulou, M. D. McCulloch, “Loss Induced Maximum Power Transfer in Distribution Networks”, Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC), pp. 1–7, Jun. 2018
  • L. Han, T. Morstyn, M. D. McCulloch, “Constructing Prosumer Coalitions for Energy Cost Savings Using Cooperative Game Theory”, Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC), pp. 1–7, Jun. 2018
  • J. Yang, X. Jin, X. Wu, P. Acuna, R. P. Aguilera, T. Morstyn, V. G. Agelidis, “Decentralised control method for DC microgrids with improved current sharing accuracy”, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 696–706, Feb. 2017
  • R. Zhang, B. Hredzak, T. Morstyn, “Cooperative Control of Distributed Heterogeneous Energy Storage Devices with Virtual Impedance”, IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) Asia, pp. 1–6, Nov. 2017
  • A. Elombo, T. Morstyn, D. Apostolopoulou, M. D. McCulloch, “Residential Load Variability and Diversity at Different Sampling Time and Aggregation Scales”, IEEE AFRICON Conference, pp. 1331–1336, Sep. 2017
  • T. Morstyn, A. V. Savkin, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Distributed Sliding Mode Control for Multi-Module Battery Energy Storage System State of Charge Balancing”, IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA), pp. 47–51, Sep. 2016
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Dynamic Optimal Power Flow for DC Microgrids with Distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems,” Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), pp. 1–6, Sep. 2016
  • T. Morstyn, M. Momayyezan, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Distributed Control for State-of-Charge Balancing Between the Modules of a Reconfigurable Battery Energy Storage System,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 31, no. 11, pp. 7986–7995, Dec. 2015
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Cooperative Multi-Agent Control of Heterogeneous Storage Devices Distributed in a DC Microgrid,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 2974–2986, Sep. 2015
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, G. D. Demetriades, V. G. Agelidis, “Unified Distributed Control for DC Microgrid Operating Modes,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 802–812, Mar. 2015
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Communication Delay Robustness for Multi-Agent State of Charge Balancing Between Distributed AC Microgrid Storage Systems,” IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA), pp. 181–186, Sep. 2015
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak, V. G. Agelidis, “Distributed Cooperative Control of Microgrid Storage,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 2780–2789, Oct. 2014
  • T. Morstyn, B. Hredzak V. G. Agelidis, G. D. Demetriades, “Cooperative Control of DC Microgrid Storage for Energy Balancing and Equal Power Sharing,” Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC), pp. 1–6, Sep. 2014