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 Often technology is limited by outdated regulation, preventing solutions from being as technically or economically effective as they could be.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.

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.

 

Please find attached my first quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 5th September 2011 to 5th December 2011 during my employment with UK Power Networks.

During the initial three months of my placement with UK Power Networks, I have been a part of the Low Carbon London Programme, working as a Trial Design Engineer in the Solution Design Authority team.

The Low Carbon London programme is a UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets’ (OFGEM) Low Carbon Network Fund supported demonstration programme focussed on the effect the transition to a low carbon economy will have on distribution networks. The programme is made up of a partnership of 13 companies, with UK Power Networks being the lead partner.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included the design of Electric Vehicle, Small Scale Embedded Generation, Network, and Residential Smart Meter trials, and the development of programme scope mapping to trials for a dependency management tool.

 I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties, regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter.

 Kind regards,

 Donald McPhail

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