Dec 012010
 

This report covers the period from April 2010 until concluding the scholarship in September 2010.

During this time, I was employed by National Grid in the United Kingdom and tasked with working on a fundamental review of Great Britain’s transmission planning criteria.

Additionally, I was able to visit a number of companies (Fingrid, ABB, Alstom, Psymetrix, Axpo, and HydroOne) and attend the 2010 Cigre Session.

My 6th Quarterly Report (in PDF) documents my impressions from each of these activities.

Aug 012010
 

The last few months at National Grid have been particularly interesting, with some significant involvement in the revision of the planning criteria to take account of wind generation.

I also visited Fingrid earlier this month and greatly appreciated learning about their approach to asset management and network planning.

My 5th Quarterly Report (PDF) discusses what I have learnt through till April 2010.

Mar 032010
 

As this is my final report during my year-long placement with National Grid, I have provided a general overview on the insight I have gained over the past year on the planning and operational areas that National Grid are concerned with due to the integration of large volumes of wind generation.

This 4th Quarterly Report (PDF) hence builds on my reports for my 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters – all with National Grid.

This 4th Quarterly Report also includes a very brief summary from my visit to Red Electrica de Espana’s Control Centre for Renewable Energies in Madrid in February.

Mar 012010
 

During the fourth quarter of 2009, I have continued working for National Grid in the United Kingdom.

My primary responsibility has been to assist in the preparation of the inaugural Offshore Development Information Statement (ODIS), which was published in late December.


The ODIS is available here, on the National Grid website.

My 4th Quarterly Report (here in PDF) therefore focuses on the intention behind the ODIS, issues encountered in its preparation, its content and the industry’s reaction to it.

Working on the ODIS afforded interaction with a range of people in various commercial teams and government departments and has provided some insight into the broader response to climate change issues and how this is likely to impact on the power industry.

This is briefly covered as a secondary topic.

Dec 012009
 

During the third quarter of 2009, I have been working for National Grid in the United Kingdom.

My main responsibility to date has been assisting with the compilation of a report describing how the UK’s onshore and offshore transmission networks can be developed together in a coordinated and economical fashion. As this project is still ongoing with the report due to be published in late December 2009, I will refrain from discussing it or its findings until my next scholarship report.

This has afforded me valuable insights into the impact of significant volumes of intermittent renewable generation on the analysis and design of power networks, which I discuss in my report.

As previously indicated, my overwhelming impression since commencing the scholarship is that the obstacles to the increased use of renewable generation are multi-faceted, and the technical difficulties listed above must be considered alongside the political, regulatory, and commercial obstacles. I have therefore sought to investigate and report on all of the transmission related obstacles to increased use of renewable generation.

See more in my 3rd Quarterly Report (PDF) here.

I welcome any feedback or questions from the committee or other interested parties on anything I have discussed in my report and my aspirations for the next quarter.

Aug 032009
 

Following from my first three months (discussed here), I continued into my second quarter, remaining with National Grid, and continuing to gain experience in renewable energy generation.

During this term, I have been able to gain an insight into the “Power Factory” analysis package for which loadflow results are to be used to facilitate the evaluation of the wide range of possible generation scenarios on required transmission capacity in the Great Britain network.

As part of the Power Factory work, I have obtained some experience in modelling the Great Britain network with the appropriate generation and demand scenarios in preparation to obtain more detailed results from voltage and transient stability analyses.

To learn more of my experiences, I’d invite you to read my 2nd Quarterly Report (PDF) here.

Again, I’d welcome constructive feedback.