Final Report for E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship

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Sep 062016
 

My tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship was focused on understanding how leading utilities are working to best optimise expenditure in asset management. During my 18 months on the Scholarship I worked in the UK at UK Power Networks and the USA at Commonwealth Edison, which has culminated in the publication of this final report (PDF, 3.76 MB).

I welcome any questions on this report or my time on the scholarship and I can be contacted:

6th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – third 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

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Sep 052016
 

Over the past quarter*, my sixth on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st February 2016 to 6th May 2016), I have continued my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) based in the Smart Grid and Technology team. During this time I have been focused on:

  1. Research into microgrid ownership models, policies, incentive schemes, and deployment within the USA;
  2. Finalization of the distributed generation hosting capacity assessment tool that I developed over my nine months with ComEd; and
  3. Development of ComEd’s System Power Quality Strategy, that discusses ComEd’s approach to identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating power quality issues.

 

My sixth quarterly report (PDF 4.42MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the Australian electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this or any past quarterly reports covering my tenure on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.


* Administrator’s Apology – this report was provided in June 2016 but has only just been uploaded now (September 2016)

5th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – second 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

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Mar 292016
 

Over the past quarter, my fifth on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st November 2015 to 31st January 2016), I have continued my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) based in the Smart Grid and Technology team.

During this time I have been focused on:

 

  1. The continued development and implementation of a modelling algorithm to quantify the distributed generation hosting capacity of ComEd’s network; and
  2. Planning for the Bronzeville Community Microgrid, a project that would see the development of a microgrid to supply a number of critical facilities, infrastructure and customers within the South Chicago community of Bronzeville.

 

My fifth quarterly report (here – PDF 2.13MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the Australian electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Hosting Capacity Poster presented at ComEd’s 2016 Engineering Conference

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Mar 292016
 

In early March I attended ComEd’s 2016 Engineering Conference, where I presented a poster (here – PDF 907kB) detailing my work on the distributed generation hosting capacity assessment tool.

This Engineering Conference provides ComEd’s engineers an opportunity to showcase a selection of the interesting projects and research being undertaken across the company.

The 2016 conference was attended by representatives from ComEd, BG&E, PECO, the Illinois Commerce Commission, Argonne National Labs, and local universities (like the Illinois Institute of Technology) and businesses.

4th report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – first 3 months with Commonwealth Edison

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Feb 022016
 

During my fourth quarter on the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (17th August 2015 to 31st October 2015) I have started my placement with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), the transmission and distribution network owner for northern Illinois.

While at ComEd I will be working with the Smart Grid and Technology team. My work over the past quarter has been focused on developing a modelling algorithm to quantify the ability of ComEd’s distribution network to accommodate distributed generation. This metric, termed “distributed generation hosting capacity”, has been an area of focus for many industry leading research institutions like the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). As a part of my work I have combined a number of analysis techniques spanning network modelling, Monte Carlo simulation, and “big data” analysis to develop at technique that can automatically analyse a large number of distribution feeders.

My fourth quarterly report (PDF 3.5MB) provides an overview of this work and its value to the electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

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.

 

 

Third report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – final 3 months with UK Power Networks

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Jul 202015
 

During my third and final quarter with UK Power Networks (1st March 2015 to 31st May 2015) I have undertaken placements with the Network Design Standards team and Future Networks team. My work within these groups have provided me with an understanding of:

  • The Transform model, Element Energy Load Growth model, and Imperial College London Load Related Expenditure model. These models provide UK Power Networks with an understanding of their long-term load growth, estimated customer load profiles, and long-term load driven investment costs.
  • UKPN’s application of the IPEC online partial discharge monitoring tool, which is used in proactively identifying and locating faults on HV switchgear and cables.
  • Undertaking large scale data analysis to assist in understanding and improving network reliability.

My work with the Element Energy Load Growth and Imperial College London Load Related Expenditure model have given me a working experience with these models, while highlighting their importance in understaning and quantifying future network challenges. In contrast my, experience with online partial discharge monitoring has highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges of partial discharge monitoring and its use in managing ageing assets.

My third quarterly report (PDF 1.6MB) provides an overview of this work and the its value to the electricity supply industry.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

Information Session on Cornwall Scholarship – Thursday Evening, 16th July

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Jun 302015
 

For those young engineers working in the electricity supply industry who are considering submission of an application in the latest round of the scholarship (closing 31st July), an information evening has been organised so you can learn more about the scholarship and ask questions of past scholars.

Key details are as follows:

Where:  Room 502 (5th floor) – Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49), Staff House Road, University of Queensland

When:  Thursday 16th July 17:00-18:30

The session will cover:

RSVP:  Please email m.waraich@uq.edu.au to advise if you are attending the briefing for catering purposes

Prestigious Cornwall Scholarship now open to Queensland engineering graduates

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Jun 172015
 

Applications are now being called for one of Queensland’s most prestigious and longstanding scholarships that provides up to 18 months overseas work experience for young power engineers, the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded every two years in memory of Edward Satchwell Cornwall who, in the first half of the 20th Century, was a highly influential member of the Queensland energy industry and a strong advocate of tertiary education and professional development for engineers working in the power industry.  Further history is here.

Engineering graduates from all Queensland universities are now eligible to apply for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship.  Preference is given to applicants with 3 to 5 years’ experience in the power industry.

Chair of the Scholarship Advisory Committee, Professor Simon Bartlett at UQ, is a former scholarship recipient himself and said that

“The scholarship provides young engineers with invaluable experience in the global power industry and is a life changing experience, both career-wise and personally.”

“In addition to technical ability, the Committee is looking for a young engineer who demonstrates initiative and thorough planning as well as leadership ability and who would benefit from overseas work experience.”

Head of the power and energy systems group at The University of Queensland, Professor Tapan Saha, said:

“the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship provided an outstanding opportunity for a young engineer to learn from overseas best practice in areas of key importance to the Queensland power industry.”

The scholarship recipient receives $3,500 per month (on top of their overseas engineering salary), for up to 18 months to pursue a program of work that typically consists of employment with several overseas electricity utilities, a manufacturing company or research organisation, and could cover study for a higher degree with a leading overseas university.

The first E.S. Cornwall Scholarship was awarded in 1957 and since then, it has been awarded to a total of 26 individuals, many of whom now hold (or have held) senior positions within the electricity industry.

The scholarship took its current recipient, Matthew Zillmann (a UQ graduate working for Ergon Energy) to the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States – where he has been investigating innovative asset management practices used by leading distribution networks.

“My program has already enabled me to gain experience with UK Power Networks in London, participate in international technical forums in Europe and visit research institutions in Germany”,

Matthew says from Chicago, where he has just commenced 9 months employment with Commonwealth Edison.  He continues:

 “My experience thus far has allowed me to review the effectiveness of UK Power Network’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and evaluate their regulator’s latest RIIO incentive scheme that provides commercial drivers to UK distribution businesses.”

“The opportunity provided by the scholarship has been life changing, both professionally and personally. As I look to the opportunities and challenges ahead in my career, I hold this experience and what it has taught me in the highest regard. It already is and will continue to be one of the highlights of my career.”

Applications for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship close on 31 July 2015.

Download the Application Form in DOC.  For further background, and reference offline, see the scholarship brochure here.

Second report for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship – another 3 months with UK Power Networks

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Apr 162015
 

During the second quarter of my E. S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship (1st December 2014 to the 28th February 2015) I have continued my placement with UK Power Networks based predominantly in the Engineering Standards and Assurance Team. My work during this period, which was multifaceted, included:

  • Developing an “Asset Management Manual,” which outlines how UK Power Networks manage their assets and how their systems and process are consistent with the requirements of ISO55000. This document will play a key role in UK Power Networks’ transition to and accreditation with ISO55000.
  • Documenting the Distribution Transformer model utilised in the Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool.
  • Undertaking a short placement with the Strategy and Regulation team where I was responsible for analysing and benchmarking DPCR5 and RIIO-ED1 plans across the UK’s 14 distribution license areas.

Through this experience I have continued to learn about optimising expenditure in asset management, particularly through my experience with the Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool. In addition, my experience with the Strategy and Regulation team highlighted the role of the regulator (Ofgem) in incentivising DNOs to improve efficiency and reduce cost.

My second quarterly report (PDF 1.4MB  here) provides an overview of the RIIO model’s output measures and incentives, highlighting challenges they pose for DNOs and how similar mechanisms may be utilised by the Australian Energy Regulator.

It also details my work on the “Asset Management Manual” and Asset Risk and Prioritisation tool.

I welcome any feedback on this report or my future direction.

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