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Professorial Lecture by Professor Mohamed Farrag

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From Great Pyramid to Greater Glasgow: Storage is the key

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The Pharos built great pyramids in which to store their mummies, so that they might rise again. This is exactly the same principle behind how we store energy in modern times, according to Professor Mohamed Emad Farrag.

A Professor of Electrical Power Engineering in the University's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Emad will deliver his inaugural Professorial Lecture on March 23.

He said: “As an Egyptian myself, I regularly use the example of Pharos now, but when I started my career, I used to tell my students that electrical energy could not be stored. Now, not only can we can store it, but it is recommended that we do.”

In his lecture, Professor Farrag will help the audience make sense of the role that energy-storage systems play in optimising the operation of the electric power grid in the UK and globally.

He will explore whether or not renewables are truly green, if they have downsides, and if they are preferable for the network operation engineer in terms of cost. In addition, he will also look at the pros and cons of using electrical vehicles. “Do owners of electric vehicles need to worry much about their asset value, for example?” he asks.

Professor Farrag added: “Scotland wants to go for 100% renewables, is this achievable? For how long? what are the impacts of that? I will explore this.

“I will demonstrate how energy storage can be very beneficial to the household to generate income, to reduce energy bills and to be independent of the grid. I will also shed some light on health and safety issues.”

Professor Farrag will also explore how energy-storage systems are helping to shape a better life in rural areas in sub-Saharan countries.

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