The evolution of the distribution network is demanding innovative methods to control power flows and voltages in order to integrate new loads and increase the density of distributed generation. Power electronic controllers are one of the options actively being considered and several DNOs in the UK have trialled them. It is clear, however, that there are still challenges to the wide-spread deployment of power electronic controllers in distribution networks.
This colloquium brings together academics, equipment vendors and network operators to discuss the lessons learned from Low Carbon Network Fund projects which have deployed power electronic solutions for distribution networks. The intention is to identify lessons learned from these trials and to distil from those lessons some good practice and some fresh challenges that can be taken up by the research and development community to propel the technology forward.
The programme will cover the specifying, designing, building and deployment of power electronics through presentations by a selection of projects in this field. After the presentations, workshops will be run to discuss the future of power electronics in distribution networks and identify areas of research which have yet to be addressed by the research community.
The colloquium is being jointly organised by UK Power Networks and the HubNet consortium with support from the Centre for Power Electronics.