3rd quarterly report – March 2017 to May 2017 in California

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Dec 192017
 

The 3rd quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial ran from 1st March 2017 to 30th June 2017.

My report here that covers this period discusses and reflects on the final work conducted in California – both with Strategen Consulting and the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This placement focused on grid modernisation and establishing a multiple use application framework to value stack services from energy storage effectively.  During my time in California there were a variety of learnings, however five key aspects applicable to the Queensland Power Industry were:

1) Information Sharing is key. At the pace of technological advancement and change, information sharing and collaboration internationally is increasingly more important.

2) Approach grid modernisation holistically.  Clear policy and regulatory review, effective interconnection standards, cost-reflective rates, new markets and valuation of DER, updated planning processes and increased network visibility are all required for grid modernisation to be effective.

3) Effective new frameworks to maximise technology. Often technology is limited by outdated regulation, preventing solutions from being as technically or economically effective as they could be.

4) Energy storage flexibility. The flexibility to deploy energy storage solutions quickly, relocate them when needed and expand on them if required can help manage investment risk in the rapidly changing power system environment.

5) Australia can be a leader and export learnings to the world if it wishes to. Working in the power industry outside of Australia (thanks to the ES Cornwall scholarship), it is clear that the Australian power sector has all the attributes to be a world leader in grid modernisation.

Each of these five learnings are discussed in more detail in my 3rd quarterly report.

2016 UQ Endownment Fund Report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Scholarship

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Nov 022017
 

Those interested in the opportunities provided to young Australian engineers working in the electricity sector could be interested in the details provided in this “2016 UQ Endowment Report” for the ES Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

Readers are reminded of the background to the scholarship provided here.

Three new ES Cornwall scholars appointed in 2017

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Sep 262017
 

Simon Bartlett , the Chair of the ES Cornwall Memorial Scholarship Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the 60 year old tradition of Outstanding Applications and awards for the Scholarship is again highlighted in 2017

With five excellent applicants to choose from, the Advisory Committee selected three successful scholars for the 2017 awards being the following people:

Scholarship Recipient Area of International Scholarship Experience
Christopher Du Plessis from AEMO Christopher plans to spend 18 months working for system operators and the US National Renewables Laboratory investigating consultative power system planning practices in high renewables environments.

You will be able to stay in touch with all of Christopher’s reports here on the ES Cornwall website (and more generally on LinkedIn here).  Being an 18 month scholarship, there will be 6 x Quarterly Reports and a Final Report as well.

Tara-Lee MacArthur from Ergon Energy Tara-Lee will spend 12 months working for transformer manufacturers and related suppliers in south east Asia and Europe investigating power transformer design, manufacture and testing processes.

You will be able to stay in touch with all of Tara-Lee’s reports here on the ES Cornwall website (and more generally on LinkedIn here).  Being an 12 month scholarship, there will be 4 x Quarterly Reports and a Final Report as well.

Alexandra Price from Energex Alexandra will spend 6 months undertaking an intense investigation of European practices for live line and live substation work through meetings with key  companies and participation in relevant conferences.

You will be able to stay in touch with all of Alexandra’s reports here on the ES Cornwall website (and more generally on LinkedIn here).  Being an 6 month scholarship, there will be 2 x Quarterly Reports and a Final Report as well.

Congratulations to all three 2017 ESCornwall scholars.

Invitation – Briefing for ES Cornwall Scholarship 2017 – Tuesday 11th July at University of Queensland (5pm-7pm)

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Jul 052017
 
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You are invited to

Presentations from recent ES Cornwall Scholarship recipients Beer Opatsuwan and Stephen Sproul on their experiences working overseas and

A briefing for potential applicants for the 2017 ES Cornwall Memorial Scholarship for which applications are now open and close on 31st July 2017

Tuesday 11th July 2017

5pm – 7pm

Starting with networking over nibbles and drinks

 

St Leo’s College, College Road

University of Queensland, St Lucia

 

 

RSVP by COB Friday 7 July 2017 to Mandeep Waraich: pesadmin@itee.uq.edu.au

For more information:

  1. download the scholarship brochure and application form from this site; or
  2. contact Gail Smith at University of Queensland ITEE Scholarship office at g.smith@eait.uq.edu.au

The ES Cornwall scholarship is awarded every three years in memory of Edward Satchwell Cornwall who, in the first half of the 20th Century, was a highly influential member of the Queensland energy industry and a strong advocate of tertiary education and professional development for engineers working in the power industry.  This website has been developed to provide more information.

3rd Quarterly Report – January to March 2017 with Electricity North West Limited (United Kingdom)

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Jun 112017
 

During the third quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (January to March 2017), I continued to obtain work experience with Electricity North West Limited’s (ENWL) Asset Management Business Unit to explore the subject of Asset Management Excellence.

The report provides an insight into my work experience at Electricity North West Limited (ENWL), a leading electricity distribution company based in the UK. The report covers the key learning through project works, observations, and interviews with leaders across ENWL. Specifically, the following work aspects are covered in the report:

  • Continue observations on ENWL’s innovative business operation and initiatives.
  • Resubmission of the restated ENWL’s Network Asset Workbook (NAW) to Ofgem.
  • Commissioning of the Common Network Asset Indices Methodology (CNAIM) asset intervention software.
  • Brief summary of my experience at the European Utility Week 2016.
  • Updates on the work of CIGRE working group C1.34 (Asset Management).

I welcome any feedback or questions regarding my report and the future direction of my scholarship placement. I can be contacted via my LinkedIn account.

Beer Opatsuwan

E.S. Cornwall Scholar

Prestigious Cornwall Scholarship (for 2017) now open to Power Engineering Graduates in Queensland

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Jun 102017
 

Applications are now being called for one of Queensland’s most prestigious and longstanding scholarships that provides up to 18 months overseas work experience for young power engineers, the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded every two years in memory of Edward Satchwell Cornwall who, in the first half of the 20th Century, was a highly influential member of the Queensland energy industry and a strong advocate of tertiary education and professional development for engineers working in the power industry.

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2nd quarterly report – November 2016 to February 2017 in Italy and California

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May 012017
 

The 2nd quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial ran from 1st November 2016 to 28th February 2017.

My report here that covers this period discusses and reflects on the final work conducted for ABB’s Microgrid and Distributed Generation Research and Development team in Genova, Italy, and Strategen and the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both placements focused on assisting with the challenges discussed.

Specifically, these areas were:
1. Modelling PV power plant controllers to provide auxiliary services
2. Grid modernisation consulting to Hawaiian utilities
3. Primary frequency response phase two initiative
4. CESA blog – Flexibility of Energy Storage

See my post here on “the three S’s of Energy Storage – Swift, Shiftable and Scalable”

During my time working in Italy and California there were a variety of learnings, however five key aspects applicable to the Queensland Power Industry are described in my 2nd quarterly report.

Ergon describe ES Cornwall scholarship as an ‘Experience of a lifetime’

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Feb 202017
 

Fresh from completing a six month tenure with ABB’s Microgrid and Distributed Generation Research and Development team in Italy, 2015 ES Cornwall Scholar Stephen Sproul was recently profiled by Ergon Energy.

Stephen is currently working for Strategen Consulting in California, USA with a focus in the field of renewables, clean energy and advanced grid technologies providing utilities with strategy and policy advice. Stephen will return to his position as part of the Ergon Technology Development team in Cairns when he returns to Australia in the middle of the year.

E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship Second Quarterly Report (October to December 2016) with Electricity North West Limited (United Kingdom)

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Feb 202017
 

During the second quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (October to December 2016), I continued to obtain a work experience with Electricity North West Limited’s (ENWL) Asset Management Business Unit to explore the subject of Asset Management Excellence. ENWL is a leading electricity Distribution Network Operator (DNO), one of six DNOs based in the UK.

My experience has continued to provide insight and a better appreciation of ENWL’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and innovative practices. The experience obtained has provided an insight into how the principles of ISO55001 international standards can be adopted and integrated into the business to increase the company’s productivity and efficiency.

The report covers the key learning through project works, observations, and interviews with leaders across ENWL. Specifically, the following aspects are covered:

  • Observations on ENWL’s business operation and example of good practices.
  • Implementation of the common network asset indices methodology.
  • Restatement of ENWL’s network asset workbook restatement.
  • Brief summary on the IEC Young Professionals Programme 2016.
  • Updates on the work of CIGRE working group C1.34 (Asset Management).

I welcome any feedback or questions regarding my report and the future direction on my scholarship placement. I can be contacted via my personal email or LinkedIn account.

Beer Opatsuwan

E.S. Cornwall Scholar

1st report – July to October 2016 with ABB (Italy)

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Feb 202017
 

During the first quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (July to October 2016), I commenced a work placement with ABB’s Research and Development Microgrids and Distributed Generation in Genova, Italy to explore the subject of improving network utilisation, renewables hosting and affordability through new technologies.

The report discusses and reflects on the work conducted for ABB’s Microgrid and Distributed Generation Research and Development team in Genova, Italy, which focused specifically on these areas:

  1. Control systems to increase the level of renewable generation in isolated power networks
  2. Grid applications for battery energy storage systems

I welcome any feedback or questions regarding my report and the future direction of my scholarship placement. I can be contacted via my LinkedIn account or directly via email (stephen.sproul@gmail.com)

Stephen Sproul

E.S. Cornwall Scholar

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