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TIC, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G1 1XW

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Smart FuturES 2018 is a one-day conference and networking event where professionals in the energy sector can gather to learn, disseminate and discuss all aspects of the energy system as we progress in the transition to a low-carbon society.

The event, hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids based between the University of Strathclyde and Imperial College London, aims to showcase the centre's research output by a series of presentations and an interactive poster tour.

In addition to showcasing the centre's output, the event will host two exciting panel discussions featuring a broad range of experienced stakeholders from wide reaches across the energy sector. Open discussion will be encouraged!

Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day, which will close with a networking and drinks reception.

Preliminary details of the presentations, panel sessions and timings are provided below.

This is an open and free event! Please forward this link to anyone within the energy sector who you think may be interested!

We look forward to seeing you at the inaugural Smart FuturES conference. Questions? Email james.dixon@strath.ac.uk or lewis.hunter100@strath.ac.uk.


Presentations

These presentations showcase the work of the fourth-year cohort, who are currently in the process of drawing their PhD study to a close.

Presentation Session 1

1. James Wylie - Reliability analysis of modular multi-level converters for high and medium voltage applications

2. Nathalie Huyghues-Beaufond - Resilience of transmission and distribution smart grids

3. Eleni Tsioumpri - Fault anticipation in distribution networks

4. Marcel Nedd - Changing system inertia

Presentation Session 2

1. Kyle Smith - The use of direct current distribution systems in delivering flexible charging infrastructure for battery electric vehicles

2. Euan Morris - Partial discharge in HVDC cables

3. Tania Wallis - Developing cyber security assurance for the power system

4. Anthony Florida-James - Control and coordination of distributed battery storage for voltage quality regulation on an LV network containing photo-voltaic generation and electric vehicles.


Interactive Poster Sessions

These poster sessions showcase the work carried out by students in the second and third year cohorts. Delegates will be able to choose one of the following topics for an interactive poster tour of work being carried out in the centre in that theme:

1. “Power Electronics, Control and New Technologies for the Smart Grid“

2. “New System Design for Distributed Energy Resources and the Electrification of Heat and Transport

3. “Building Resilience into the future Energy System”


Panel Sessions

1. How much can we bend before we break?

The aim of this panel session is to explore the subject of energy system flexibility: what is it, why do we need it and to what extent can it – or should it – replace traditional reinforcement of the energy system? Speaking at this event will be four panellists bringing expertise from a wide range of backgrounds – academia, industry, community energy project leaders and regulators. Each panellist has been given a ‘key question’ to answer to provoke discussion, which will be followed by an open-floor Q&A session.

Name & Position & Key Question:

1 Keith Bell, Professor of Smart Grids, University of Strathclyde

Why do we need system flexibility? What can we do to understand it and what can we do to achieve it?

2 Rachael Taljaard, Technical Consultant, Smarter Grid Solutions

SGS are a company who sell services which enable flexibility to the system. How does this work and what are the benefits? Are there any obstacles in markets/regulation that prevent the delivery of an effective flexible system?

3 TBC, TBC

What can we learn about energy system flexibility from community energy projects? Are there any translatable practices from community energy projects to large systems in ensuring system flexibility?

4 TBC, TBC, OFGEM

How do we best protect consumers' interests in a future flexible energy system?


2. Then, now and next.

The second panel session will attempt to take stock of our progress so far as an energy sector in large-scale transition. How far have we come, what went well and what lessons can be learnt for the remaining challenges ahead? What are the remaining challenges ahead and how can we address them with technology, policy and people? Speaking at this session will be four panellists bringing expertise from a wide range of backgrounds – academia, industry, recruitment and government. Each panellist has been given a ‘key question’ to answer to provoke discussion, which will be followed by an open-floor Q&A session. Panellists and their key questions are given below.

Name & Position & Key Question:

1 Tim Green, Professor and director of Energy Futures lab, Imperial College London

What are the remaining and future challenges in the energy system transition?

2 Lynne Bryceland, Policy Manager, ScottishPower

What have we achieved so far in the energy system transition? What went right, and what can we learn from? How can we apply that learning to the future of the energy system transition?

3 Jo Clay, Director of Inclusion, EqualApproach Recruitment Consultancy

How can we ensure the recruitment of an effective workforce for the future evolution of the energy system? Why is diversity and inclusion an important topic, and how do we approach it in this area of the workforce?

4 Neal Rafferty, Head of Energy Utilities, Markets and Network Policy, Scottish Government

What is the Scottish Government doing to ensure progress in the energy system transition? In what respects do you think Scotland is setting some examples that could be used elsewhere in the UK?


Timings


09:30 - Event Registration and Refreshments

10:00 - Opening Address

10:15 - Presentation Session 1

11:30 - Coffee Break

11:50 - Panel Session 1 - How much can we bend before we break?

12:30 - Lunch Break

13:15 - Presentation Session 2

14:30 - Interactive Poster Session

15:30 - Panel Session 2 - Then, now and next.

16:10 - Conclusion and Closing Remarks

16:15 - Networking Reception

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