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

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.



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