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.
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.
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.
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.
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.