Final three months with ECOtality in Phoenix – my 6th and last quarterly report

 Posted by Donald McPhail  Comments Off on Final three months with ECOtality in Phoenix – my 6th and last quarterly report
Jun 302013
 

Please find here my sixth and final quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period of 4th February 2013 – 3rd May 2013 during my employment with ECOtality North America in the United States of America.

During the final three months of my placement with ECOtality, I have continued working as a Ground Energy Storage Engineer as part of the Engineering team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ECOtality North America is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, and provides Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and services for Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.  ECOtality has also designed and currently manages the world’s largest EV infrastructure demonstration – The EV Project.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included producing a report that discusses the state of the USA electricity demand response programs, and proposes the technical/economic opportunities and challenges that exist for ECOtality to participate in these programs, as well as a roadmap and recommendations for doing so. I have also produced a white paper, to be published by ECOtality, on the opportunities to reduce utility demand charges incurred by DC fast charging units, by utilising demand diversity, energy storage system assisted recharging, and providing demand response to the electricity grid.

Given the confidential nature of much of the work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to ECOtality.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties regarding this or any of my previous reports for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.

My final report covering learning about understanding & influencing customer behaviour

 Posted by Jared McKee  Comments Off on My final report covering learning about understanding & influencing customer behaviour
Apr 112013
 

Please find attached here my final report, following from my E. S. Cornwall Scholarship experiences.

During my scholarship I spent 10 months in total overseas, working with GE Energy in Atlanta, GA and then with Northern Powergrid in Leeds, UK.

My reports lists more of the lessons learnt through the scholarship experiences – the following are some highlights:

1)   We should use needs-based segmentation to effectively design and target our programs.

2)  We should increase data sharing and collaboration – particularly with smart meter data.

3)  We should use hypotheses when conducting demand response trials.

4)  We should focus on changing internal culture surrounding demand response such that people treat it as equally dependable as the direct load control (“the big red button”).

The ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship has played a pivotal role in developing my technical ability and broadening my understanding of the industry and world. I would like to thank the scholarship committee for awarding the scholarship to me and Energex for financially supporting the opportunity. I would also like to thank GE Energy and Northern Powergrid for entrusting me with important work and supporting my cultural assimilation in the USA and UK respectively.

Lessons learned from the CIGRE Sessions on Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation

 Posted by Donald McPhail  Comments Off on Lessons learned from the CIGRE Sessions on Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation
Sep 212012
 

My linked report is an outline of key topics and papers covered at CIGRE Sessions 2012 that are related to the Queensland electricity distribution sector.

Specifically, an overview of the developments of workgroup C6 – Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation – is covered, focusing on the impact of dispersed generation, electric vehicles, energy storage, and demand side management, on the distribution network.

A complete list of presented papers is included in Appendix 1 and these papers can also be made available upon request.

 

 

 

 

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