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

1st report – June to September 2016 with Electricity North West Limited (United Kingdom)

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Dec 052016
 

During the first quarter of my E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (June to September 2016), I commenced a work placement 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 thus far has enabled me to gain a better appreciation of ENWL’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and innovative practices. The experience has given me insights into how the principles of ISO55001 international standards can be effectively adopted and integrated into the business to increase the company’s productivity and efficiency.

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

  • Introduction to ENWL’s business operations and their flagship projects.
  • Project work on the implementation of the common network asset indices methodology and asset management of low voltage underground switchboard (safety driven).
  • Extra-curricular activities relevant to the scholarship plan.

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

Final Report for E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship

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Sep 062016
 

My tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship was focused on understanding how leading utilities are working to best optimise expenditure in asset management. During my 18 months on the Scholarship I worked in the UK at UK Power Networks and the USA at Commonwealth Edison, which has culminated in the publication of this final report (PDF, 3.76 MB).

I welcome any questions on this report or my time on the scholarship and I can be contacted:

6th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – third 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

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Sep 052016
 

Over the past quarter*, my sixth on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st February 2016 to 6th May 2016), I have continued my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) based in the Smart Grid and Technology team. During this time I have been focused on:

  1. Research into microgrid ownership models, policies, incentive schemes, and deployment within the USA;
  2. Finalization of the distributed generation hosting capacity assessment tool that I developed over my nine months with ComEd; and
  3. Development of ComEd’s System Power Quality Strategy, that discusses ComEd’s approach to identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating power quality issues.

 

My sixth quarterly report (PDF 4.42MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the Australian electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this or any past quarterly reports covering my tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.


* Administrator’s Apology – this report was provided in June 2016 but has only just been uploaded now (September 2016)

5th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – second 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

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Mar 292016
 

Over the past quarter, my fifth on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st November 2015 to 31st January 2016), I have continued my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) based in the Smart Grid and Technology team.

During this time I have been focused on:

 

  1. The continued development and implementation of a modelling algorithm to quantify the distributed generation hosting capacity of ComEd’s network; and
  2. Planning for the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, a project that would see the development of a microgrid to supply a number of critical facilities, infrastructure and customers within the South Chicago community of Bronzeville.

 

My fifth quarterly report (here – PDF 2.13MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the Australian electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Hosting Capacity Poster presented at ComEd’s 2016 Engineering Conference

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Mar 292016
 

In early March I attended ComEd’s 2016 Engineering Conference, where I presented a poster (here – PDF 907kB) detailing my work on the distributed generation hosting capacity assessment tool.

This Engineering Conference provides ComEd’s engineers an opportunity to showcase a selection of the interesting projects and research being undertaken across the company.

The 2016 conference was attended by representatives from ComEd, BG&E, PECO, the Illinois Commerce Commission, Argonne National Labs, and local universities (like the Illinois Institute of Technology) and businesses.

4th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – first 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

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Feb 022016
 

During my fourth quarter on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (17th August 2015 to 31st October 2015) I have started my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the transmission and distribution network owner for northern Illinois.

While at ComEd I will be working with the Smart Grid and Technology team. My work over the past quarter has been focused on developing a modelling algorithm to quantify the ability of ComEd’s distribution network to accommodate distributed generation. This metric, termed “distributed generation hosting capacity”, has been an area of focus for many industry leading research institutions like the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). As a part of my work I have combined a number of analysis techniques spanning network modelling, Monte Carlo simulation, and “big data” analysis to develop at technique that can automatically analyse a large number of distribution feeders.

My fourth quarterly report (PDF 3.5MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Two scholarships awarded, to start in 2016

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Nov 092015
 

In June 2015 the call for applications was made for the next round of the E.S.Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

Following from this, the University of Queensland received perhaps the largest number of applicants for the scholarship in recent memory.  A significant proportion of these applicants were of high quality.

As such, the selection process has taken a number of months to complete.  At the end of this process, two scholarships have been awarded – both of 9 months duration – as follows:

Scholar #1 is Mr. Beer Opatsuwan, currently an engineer at Energex

Mr Opatsuwan will be heading overseas in 2016 to study aspects of Asset Management Excellence.

During  the course of his scholarship, Beer will provide quarterly reports, which will be hosted on this website.

Scholar #2 is Mr. Stephen Sproul, currently an engineer at Ergon Energy

Mr Sproul will be heading overseas in 2016 to study aspects of Improving Network Utilisation, Renewables Hosting and Affordability through New Technologies.

The quarterly reports which Stephen provides throughout his scholarship period will also be available here on the scholarship website.

Both topics are considered to be of high value and relevance to the Australian power industry and worthy of being pursued under the Scholarship.

We wish both of them the best experiences in their time overseas – and look forward to them returning, to provide a benefit to the Queensland (and Australian) electricity supply industry.

 

 

Third report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – final 3 months with UK Power Networks

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Jul 202015
 

During my third and final quarter with UK Power Networks (1st March 2015 to 31st May 2015) I have undertaken placements with the Network Design Standards team and Future Networks team. My work within these groups have provided me with an understanding of:

  • The Transform model, Element Energy Load Growth model, and Imperial College London Load Related Expenditure model. These models provide UK Power Networks with an understanding of their long-term load growth, estimated customer load profiles, and long-term load driven investment costs.
  • UKPN’s application of the IPEC online partial discharge monitoring tool, which is used in proactively identifying and locating faults on HV switchgear and cables.
  • Undertaking large scale data analysis to assist in understanding and improving network reliability.

My work with the Element Energy Load Growth and Imperial College London Load Related Expenditure model have given me a working experience with these models, while highlighting their importance in understaning and quantifying future network challenges. In contrast my, experience with online partial discharge monitoring has highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges of partial discharge monitoring and its use in managing ageing assets.

My third quarterly report (PDF 1.6MB) provides an overview of this work and the its value to the electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Information Session on Cornwall Scholarship – Thursday Evening, 16th July

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Jun 302015
 

For those young engineers working in the electricity supply industry who are considering submission of an application in the latest round of the scholarship (closing 31st July), an information evening has been organised so you can learn more about the scholarship and ask questions of past scholars.

Key details are as follows:

Where:  Room 502 (5th floor) – Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49), Staff House Road, University of Queensland

When:  Thursday 16th July 17:00-18:30

The session will cover:

RSVP:  Please email m.waraich@uq.edu.au to advise if you are attending the briefing for catering purposes

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