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.

 

Please find linked here my fifth quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period of 5th November 2012 – 3rd February 2013 during my employment with ECOtality North America in the United States of America.

During the first three months of my placement with ECOtality, I have been 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 researching the USA electricity ancillary services and demand response markets/programs, so as to work towards producing a report outlining the technical/economical requirements and opportunities for ECOtality to participate in these markets/programs.

In addition I have been investigating the concept of energy storage system assisted electric vehicle DC fast charging units, so as to work towards writing an engineering white paper on how and where to deploy such a system.

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 report or my proposed goals for the next quarter, which will be my final quarter on the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.

 

Please find attached here my fourth quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 2nd July 2012 – 30th September 2012 during my employment with DNV KEMA in the Netherlands.

During the second three months of my placement with DNV KEMA, I have continued working as an Electrical Engineer as part of the New Energy Technologies team in the Clean Energy Services business unit based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The New Energy Technologies team is made up of a number of professionals from various technical and business backgrounds and has a focus on projects related to energy storage, carbon capture, transition to sustainable energies, and industrial use of polymers, for governments, utilities and businesses.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included continuing on with the development of a grid modelling and optimisation tool for the European Commission supported NEMO project.  I have also worked on a project to model the Dutch LV grid of 2050 to make predictions on the cost to network augmentation to support predicted penetration of EVs, PVs, heating technology (gas vs. electric booster), and 2h and 12h shiftable loads, as well as the predicted customer demand profiles.

Given the confidential nature of much of my work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to DNV KEMA and their clients.

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.

 

PS - I have now arrived in Phoenix Arizona in the USA and have started with Ecotality.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Administrator’s Note – Please excuse my delay in posting Don’s report,  which was received a month ago.


Please find attached here my third quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 2nd April 2012 – 1st July 2012 during my employment with DNV KEMA in the Netherlands.

During the first three months of my placement with DNV KEMA, I have been working as an Electrical Engineer as part of the New Energy Technologies team in the Clean Energy Services business unit based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The New Energy Technologies team is made up of a number of professionals from various technical and business backgrounds and has a focus on projects related to energy storage, carbon capture, transition to sustainable energies, and industrial use of polymers, for governments, utilities and businesses.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included working on the development of a tool to optimise the use of energy storage devices in power systems for the purpose of managing network loading and voltage with respect to loads, including electric vehicle charging, and distributed generation. This work has been part of a European Commission supported consortium project with partners from Germany and Denmark.

Given the confidential nature of much of my work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to DNV KEMA and their clients.

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

 

 

Please find linked here my second quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 5th December 2011 to 4th March 2012 during the second half of my employment with UK Power Networks.

During this three months of my placement with UK Power Networks, I have continued on being 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 hosting review workshops and finalising the high level design of the Residential Smart Metering, Industrial and Commercial Distributed Generation, Industrial and Commercial Demand Response, and Networks trials.

I have also drafted the Hypothesis Test Approach documentation for the Electric Vehicle, Small Scale Embedded Generation, Heat Pump, Industrial and Commercial Distributed Generation, and Industrial and Commercial Demand Response trials.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the Low Carbon London programme and feel I have gained and developed a lot of useful knowledge related to my scholarship topic and the broader international power industry.

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.


As I have now finished my six month tenure with UK Power Networks, I am taking part of the month of March 2012 off to spend some time travelling Eastern Europe.

In this time I will also relocate to the Netherlands where I will be commencing a six month engineering role with KEMA in Arnhem on the 2nd of April 2012.

 

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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