As a young Queensland engineer working in the Electricity Supply Industry, how much would you learn and grow (professionally and personally) from an overseas professional work experience placement, in a countries of your choice, for a 9-18 month duration?

The E.S Cornwall Scholarship has been running for 60 years, and previous scholars have described their experiences as follows:

“Above all, it was a life changing experience and my wife and I fully immersed ourselves in travel, new friends, new experiences, and enriching our lives.”
Brian Becconsall (1965)

“In a profound way, this period has become a reference point in my professional life. Since then I have a broader toolkit and some great contacts. But the value of the experience goes far beyond my work objective. I consider it as one of the defining periods of my life.”
Frank Montiel (1998)

“The ES Cornwall scholarship is not only a great opportunity to further your career but also to see the world. The niche experience gained will be an asset to you professionally but will also benefit prospective employers and the Australian ESI as a whole.”
Aidan Roberts (2008)

“Aside from the work based activities, I have been fortunate enough to experience a different way of life and benefited from involving myself the variety of cultures and people in Europe, Northern Afri-ca & North America. I have many great memories from my time abroad, both professionally and personal – far too many to list.”
Nick Craig (2008)

More details about what these people thought are here in the Scholarship Brochure.

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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.

 

This presentation was prepared in April 2011, following my return to Australia after my stint overseas on the scholarship.

It provides a summary of my experience – both with National Grid (in the UK) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) (in Canada).

Through my scholarship, I did achieve my objective of understanding more about the operational and planning approaches used in the integration of large-scale renewable energy into large, established electricity grids.

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