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.

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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