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.

 

Following from the call for applications back in February, a number of applications were received by the University of Queensland.

The Advisory Committee considered all applicants.  As per their recommendation, the scholarship has been awarded to Alexandra Price, an engineer currently working with Energex in Brisbane.

Alexandra is currently finalizing arrangements with UK Power Network, and with Energex.

Quarterly reports written by Alexandra, and provided as part of her scholarship experience, will be posted on this site.

 

Do you know of young engineers who may be interested in working for UK Power Networks on the Low Carbon London project?  If so, please point them at this opportunity.


Working on one of the world’s flagship programs like Low Carbon London (with its focus on climate change, renewable energy, energy conservation and smart networks) would provide a young engineer with invaluable experience so they can then return and apply this knowledge to Queensland’s power industry.

Please refer these attached details of the Low Carbon London Project:
(a)  This general information pack (7Mb)
(b)  The project directions document

This is a special ES Cornwall Memorial Scholarship award tenable for 6 to 12 months to enable the scholar to undertake paid professional employment with UK Power Networks in London on the project.

The award is open to engineering graduates from all Queensland universities with a preference for graduates with three to five years experience who would benefit from the placement and are currently either:
(a)  working in the power industry or
(b)  as an early career power engineering academic at one of Queensland’s universities.

The award recipient will receive a total grant of Aud$10,000  to cover the cost of travel and relocation costs that will supplement the salary of approximately £20,000 p.a to be paid by UK Power Networks whilst working on their project.

Whilst not being a highly paid assignment, this is a great opportunity for personal development and professional experience.

Applications for this E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship Award close on 24th February 2012 using this attached application form:
(a)  Application form DOC; or
(b)  Application form PDF

Also, please refer to this additional information about the award.

Simon Bartlett
Chairman
ES Cornwall Scholarship Advisory Committee


PS – This 1st quarterly report from the current scholar, Donald McPhail, provides further background on Low Carbon London.

 

Please find attached the second quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship which is a requirement set out in the scholarship rules.

This quarter consisted of two months at GE Energy finishing my first placement and one month at Northern Powergrid starting my final placement.

This quarter my responsibilities have included:

  • Developing the meter-level load forecasting algorithm for GE’s Demand Response Management System.
  • Negotiating contracts with demand response aggregators to provide demand reduction or increased generation from industrial and commercial customers in response to distribution networks constraints at Northern Powergrid.

Some details have been omitted to avoid revealing certain intellectual property of the host organisations.

I would welcome feedback and advice on the report, particularly concerning my proposed goals for the next quarter.

 

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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