Supergen Energy Networks Hub

Energy Networks Conference 2020

Thank you to everyone who has registered and joined us for the 1st Supergen Energy Networks Hub online conference.  The conference is now closed, a full programme of online sessions is available and recordings of all live sessions and slides are available, please click on the session tabs below.

Please send any queries to: supergenen@newcastle.ac.uk 

Sessions: 29 April

Session 1: Welcome & Introduction

Professor Phil Taylor is the Director of the Supergen Energy Networks Hub and EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) as well as Siemens Professor of Energy Systems.  Phil is an internationally leading researcher and industrial expert in Energy Systems, Electrical Distribution Networks, Smart Grids and Energy Storage Integration and Control.

Phil and his research team are behind the Smart Grid Lab in collaboration with Siemens and the Energy Storage Test Bed facility at Newcastle University, both located on the Helix Site in Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle University researchers at these unique facilities are working to pave the way for the UK's future as an international leader in Energy Storage.

The presentation slides from the Welcome and Introduction session are now available to view.

Session 2: Network Interdependencies

Bethan Winter is the Utilities System Operation Manager at Wales and West Utilities (WWU) and leads the Control Room team that manages the gas distribution network across Wales and the South West of England, delivering a peak daily demand of more than 500 GWh of energy to power homes, heat businesses and keep the lights on.

A graduate of Royal Holloway University of London, Bethan started work in the gas industry in 1997 and has significant experience supporting System Operation functions in the gas distribution and transmission sector.  Bethan also plays a key role in Wales & West Utilities Future of Energy work, leading on a range of projects, including the company's 'Pathfinder 2050' Integrated Energy Model - which can model future energy scenarios and calculate their carbon cost and cost to customers.

The presentation slides from the Network Interdependencies: Gas Networks session are now available to view.

Sessions: 5 May

Session 3: Network Interdepndencies

Professor Janusz Bialek is Professor of Power and Energy Systems at Newcastle University, previously having held Chair positions at the University of Edinburgh (2003-2009) and Durham University (2009-2014).  In 2014-2019 Janusz was a Professor and Director of the Center for Energy Systems, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Russia.

Janusz's background is in power systems but he has closely collaborated with economists, mathematicians and social scientists.  His main research interest is in application of advanced mathematical methods to address techno-economic problems of sustainable power supply. Janusz has published widely on technical and economic integration of renewable generation in power systems, smart grids, power systems dynamics, preventing electricity blackouts and power markets.

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The presentation slides from the Network Interdependencies: UK Power Blackout session are now available to view.

Session 4: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation

Professor Alberto Troccoli is the co-founder and Managing Director of World Energy & Meteorology Council (WEMC).  With over 25 years experience in the fields of meteorology and climate, he has more recently been exploring their applications in the Energy Sector.

Alberto's career includes time at several leading institutions such as NASA, ECMWF (UK), the University of Reading (UK) and CISRO (Australia).  In addition he has published extensivley and is also the chief editor and an author of four books.  He is the main author of the UN-led Global Framework for Climate Services  (GFCS) Energy Sector implementation plan and is regularly invited to give international talks on energy and climate.

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The presentation slides from the Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation session are now available to view.

Sessions: 7 May

Session 5:

Mary Suzan Abbo is the Managing Director at the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), Makerere University, Uganda and started in 2001 with the goal of increasing access to modern types of energy in East Africa through training, testing, applied research and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.

CREEC has implemented over 300 interventions in East Africa and beyond under Mary Suzan's leadership.  Mary Suzan's experience over the last 16 years has led to development and rehabilitation of communities as well as design and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency interventions for productive use, rural electrification, house hold energy and energy entrepreneurship. 

Prior to joining CREEC, Mary Suzan served as a Civil Engineer for the Northern Uganda Transition Initiative (NUTI) under USAID covering the Acholi sub region that was hit by war for over 20 years, she had previousley worked with the local Government in Uganda as a Municipal/Town Civil Engineer.

The slides and a recording of the live presentation are now available.

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Session 11 May

A live recording of the session is now available.

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Peter Smith has been at National Energy Action (NEA) since July 2010 and was appointed a director in 2016. Peter is responsible for overseeing the charity’s policy and research work; working with government, industry and other stakeholders to address the causes and impacts of fuel poverty. Peter has particular interest and expertise in the field of domestic energy efficiency and decentralised energy policy. He also provides the strategic direction for NEA’s role as the secretariat of the All-Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group. Prior to joining NEA Peter played a leading role within the combined heat and power industry.

Peter slides are available to view.

Muditha Abeysekera is a Lecturer in Energy Systems at Cardiff University-UK.His current research interests are on the planning, design and optimisation of local energy systems and the study of their whole system impact.

He is the Principal Investigator of an EPSRC project in collaboration with the UK Cabinet Office to develop decision support tools for the design and operation of public sector energy systems.

Muditha slides are now available to view.

Simon Roberts, Chief Executive since 2002 of the Bristol-based national charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), has been awarded an OBE for services to renewable energy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Simon has been helping people, organisations and policy-makers to tackle the threat of climate change and end the misery of cold homes for more than 25 years. He played a leading role in the Government’s Renewables Advisory Board for 8 years (2002-10) and has a long track-record in promoting the importance of community engagement with renewable energy.

Simon slides are available to view.

Session: 14 May

The slides and live recording of this session are now available.

The password for the recording is: 7z^72^2v 

Dr Abhishek Shivakumar is a researcher and consultant specialised in energy modelling and policy suport.  Abhishek spends most of his time working for the United Nations on building integrated resource models to support policy makers in national governments.  Prior to this, Abhishek completed his PhD in energy systems from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

In the past, Abhishek managed INSIGHT_E, a multidisciplinary energy think-tank informing the European Commission.  He is also an administrator of OSeMOSYS, one of the most widely used open source energy modelling tools.  In addition, Abhishek has worked as a visiting research associate at UCL on the role of storage in improving the resiliance of systems with high penetration of variable renewables.

Vignesh Sridharan is a reseacher at the Division of Energy Systems at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. His work focusses on integrated assessments and primarily the understanding of interlinked resource systems.  Vignesh has over seven years of experience building optimisation models for long term electricity sector planning and the linking of energy and water management models.

At present Vignesh is finishing his PhD at KTH, his thesis explores the impact of climate change on integrated resource systems, with a focus on East Africa.

Session 18 May

The live recording of the Hydrogen Networks session is available.

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Keith Owen is Head of Systems Development & Energy Strategy at Northern Gas Networks.  Keith is a Chartered Engineer who began his career with British Gas in 1991 and has had a variety of roles within the industry throughout his career.

He was the Programme Director for the NGN H21 hydrogen programme until mid-2019 and sits on the HyDeploy programme steering board. Keith chairs the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers [IGEM] Hydrogen Committee which is working to revise all industry standards to incorporate hydrogen as the low carbon gas for heat.

He represented NGN on the UK Hydrogen Programme Development Group, which seeks to develop a nationally aligned strategy and research delivery programme that will deliver a future hydrogen economy for the UK.

Keith is the project manager for InTEGReL, the whole energy systems research and development centre launched in 2017, the purpose of which is to demonstrate at scale the benefits of a multi-utility whole energy systems approach. The InTEGReL facility is also the home of HyDeploy2 blending up to 20% hydrogen into the existing gas network. Through InTEGReL he sits on a number of Industrial Advisory Committees including the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, led by Newcastle university and the Supergen Energy networks.

Keith slides are available to view.

Carlos Ugalde (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/364487-ugalde-loo-carlos) received the PhD degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K., in 2009. He joined the School of Engineering at Cardiff University in 2010 and is currently a Reader in Electrical Power Systems. Dr Ugalde is part of the Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply (CIREGS) and has acted as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in high-profile CEU, EPSRC and industry funded projects. He was Cardiff's Principal Investigator for the CEU FP7 project BEST PATHS – a large consortium with 40 partners from 11 European countries. 

His research interests and academic expertise include power system stability and control, grid integration and control of renewables, HVDC transmission, DC technologies, integrated energy systems, modelling of dynamic systems, and multivariable and classical control. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles - several in top-tier Transactions-grade journals. He is Senior Member of IEEE, member of IET and member of CIGRE. He is the Technical Lead of CIGRE-UK for Cardiff University.

Carlos slides are available to view.

Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos joined Sussex in July 2015 and is now a Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics. He is a member of the Dynamics, Control and Vehicle (DCV) Research Group. The main focus of his research is infrastructure resilience, multi-vector energy systems and smart grids. He has successfully attracted over £300k of research funding for 6 research projects from the UK’s innovation agency (TSB / Innovate UK), H2020 MSCA and the industry (Arup) to work on distributed agent-based controllers, Virtual Power Plants, energy storage and microgrids. He is also developing the Energy and Transport laboratory at Sussex, which includes microgrid equipment, controller hardware and real-time network simulation / HiL equipment.

He has supervised several small teams of PhD students and Research Fellows and has also participated as lead user, co-investigator and researcher in international multidisciplinary EU projects on biofuels for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators (Interreg Ecotec 21), control and grid integration of Electric Vehicles (FP7 MERGE) and testing an intelligent control system he had developed (FP7 DERri). Professional activities and recognition include being a Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, as well as participation in several IEEE, CIGRE and Supergen Working Groups, including the CIGRE C4.47 WG on Power System Resilience.

Spyros slides are available to view.

John Barton is a research associate in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) within the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering of Loughborough University. He has worked there since 2006 in the areas of energy storage, flexible demand and the integration of renewable energy into electricity systems. He has written the Future Energy Scenario Analysis (FESA) computer modelling tool for analysing such systems, including heating, transport and industrial uses of energy as well as electricity.

John’s current research projects are Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) for clean cooking in developing countries and the Joint UK-India Centre for Energy (JUICE project) looking at ways of enabling the use of more solar photovoltaic power in India. John teaches hydrogen energy storage in CREST’s postgraduate master’s course.

Outside of Loughborough University, John has worked for two consultancies in low-carbon technology, an SME developing low-carbon transport fuels and developed a battery-electrolyser for hydrogen production at DeMontfort University, Leicester.

John slides are available to view.

Session 20 May

Session 20 May

The live recording of the Career Pathways for Early Career Researchers is now available to view.‌

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Keith Bell joined the University of Strathclyde in 2005 having previously worked as a researcher in Bath, Manchester and Naples and as a system development engineer in the electricity supply industry in Britain. He was appointed to the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grids in late 2013 and became one of the co-Directors of the UK Energy Research Centre in 2014. In July 2018, along with Ian Cotton, he became Scientific Director of the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub established by the University of Strathclyde with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Manchester and, in April 2019, became a member of the Committee on Climate Change. Read more….

Celia Butler is a Senior Applications Engineer for Synopsys; working with engineers, researchers and medical professionals to generate models used to solve complex problems. Celia has previous experience leading research projects and product development in commercial and academic teams. She has a PhD in Microwave Metamaterials, and a Masters in Physics. Celia has been fortunate to work in many different areas including: RFID, communications, and smart composite materials but now covers a wider range of industries including bio-medical.

Jacqueline Edge grew up in South Africa and completed first a B.Sc. in Zoology and then a B.Sc. in Computer Science, both at the University of Cape Town. This led to a career as an internet developer and, after moving to London, developing banking intranet tools. Since banking is not known for its social welfare activities, she decided to go back to study clean energy at UCL, starting with an M.Sc. in Nanotechnology and finally a Ph.D. in Hydrogen Storage. She joined the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London in 2014, setting up and managing the Energy Storage Research Network (http://esrn.co.uk). She now works in Imperial’s Mechanical Engineering department as a Faraday Institution Project Leader, managing and coordinating the battery project on Multiscale Modelling.

Tingyan Guo is a consultant at Monitor Deloitte, the strategy consulting practice in Deloitte. She sits in the AI Strategy team which designs and delivers advanced data science solutions to clients' front-office problems. Tingyan's role is a combination of management consultant and data scientist. She works with Executives to develop business strategy and engineer AI applications. Before consulting Tingyan spent two years as a Power System Engineer in National Grid ESO, after completing her PhD in Electrical Energy and Power Systems in the University of Manchester. Her research was application of Machine Learning in power system on-line transient stability assessment.

Rose Chard has spent the last 9 years working on justice, vulnerability and energy behaviour to bring an understanding of the everyday experience of fuel poor households into the design and implementation of new policies, products and services that will better serve people's needs.  She has worked for the last 4 years at Energy Systems Catapult, a leading technology and innovation centre set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK's energy system. Rose leads the Fair Futures programme, Energy Systems Catapult's pioneering work on consumer vulnerability and fuel poverty in the low carbon transition. Prior to joining ESC, Rose completed a PhD in social geography at Lancaster University, which looked at how policy and community action plays into the lived experience of fuel poverty for older households in England.

Nick Wooley is currently working as CEO and co-founder of ev.energy, an electric vehicle smart charging start-up. Prior to ev.energy, he was a Group Strategy Manager at National Grid, developing market entry strategies for solar, storage, EV and distributed energy businesses in the UK and US. He led strategic projects for National Grid, managing internal and external stakeholders with project governance across stakeholders up to CEO level. He worked as commercial lead for an innovative energy storage collaboration with Sunrun in California, and won the National Grid Chairman’s Award. Before that, he was a management consultant for Boston Consulting Group across the telecom and energy sectors. Outside the electricity sector, Nick ran a web development company, called Kudos Web Solutions. The company delivered ecommerce websites for start-ups, including the now big name e-commerce brands.

Nick holds a PhD from Manchester University in Power Systems specialising in Artificial Intelligence and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford in Engineering Science. During his PhD, he published several journal papers and spoke at multiple international conferences.

Session 22 May

The live recording of the Offshore Networks session is available to view.

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Simon Cheeseman is an experienced engineer and programme manager, having worked in both the private and public sectors.

Working within the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Research and Innovation directorate, Simon manages the Catapult’s Cornwall office.  He is responsible for the Catapult’s marine renewables strategy and South West regional development programme focusing on floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.

During his career Simon has held various senior manager roles with responsibility for high value technology development projects across the aerospace, communications and marine renewables sectors.

Simon slides are available to view.

Ajit C Pillai is lecturer at the University of Exeter. His research is focused on the development and deployment of optimization and machine learning algorithms to aid in the design of offshore renewable energy devices and arrays. He holds an engineering doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

Ajit slides are avialble to view.

David Parish is a highly competent, multi-disciplinary engineer with experience in mechanical engineering, renewable energy, offshore engineering design, power network integration and cross vector solutions.

He worked as an engineer and production manager in manufacturing industry for 20 years before studying, lecturing and researching renewable energy.  Dave’s research area was highly dynamic floating bodies, centred around mooring systems and load mitigation.

Since February 2017, Dave has been the technical lead and research manager on Centrica’s £17M Local Energy Market project in Cornwall.  This work has focussed on solutions that enable a far deeper penetration of renewables whilst safeguarding an affordable and reliable electricity network for all users.

Dave recently co-founded a social enterprise, Planet A Solutions, aimed firmly at developing and implementing bold solutions to achieve urgent decarbonisation.

David slides are available to view.

 

 

Session 27 May

The live recording  of the Network Interdependencies session is available, please use the password below to access:

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Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos joined Sussex in July 2015 and is now a Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics. He is a member of the Dynamics, Control and Vehicle (DCV) Research Group. The main focus of his research is infrastructure resilience, multi-vector energy systems and smart grids. He has successfully attracted over £300k of research funding for 6 research projects from the UK’s innovation agency (TSB / Innovate UK), H2020 MSCA and the industry (Arup) to work on distributed agent-based controllers, Virtual Power Plants, energy storage and microgrids. He is also developing the Energy and Transport laboratory at Sussex, which includes microgrid equipment, controller hardware and real-time network simulation / HiL equipment.

He has supervised several small teams of PhD students and Research Fellows and has also participated as lead user, co-investigator and researcher in international multidisciplinary EU projects on biofuels for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators (Interreg Ecotec 21), control and grid integration of Electric Vehicles (FP7 MERGE) and testing an intelligent control system he had developed (FP7 DERri). Professional activities and recognition include being a Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, as well as participation in several IEEE, CIGRE and Supergen Working Groups, including the CIGRE C4.47 WG on Power System Resilience.

Spyros slides are available to view.

Mathaios Panteli is a Lecturer in Resilient, Low-Carbon Energy Systems in the Power and Energy Division, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK. His main research interests focus on reliability, risk and resilience of future, low-carbon power networks, system integration of distributed energy resources and integrated modelling of co-dependent critical infrastructures. He has an extensive publication record in these areas and has been invited to give numerous seminars and talks in world-leading Universities, conferences and organizations. He currently leads/is involved in research projects of total worth over £10m in the areas of resilient and sustainable power systems planning and operation. Dr Panteli is an IEEE Senior Member, an IET CEng, the co-chair and technical coordinator of the CIGRE working group C4.47 "Power System Resilience" and an invited member in multiple working groups in IEEE and CIRED. He was also a leading member of the research team that was awarded the 2018 Newton Prize."

Mathaios slides are available to view.

Session 28 May

The live recording of the Governance session is available, please use the password below to access the recording:

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Michael Pollitt is Professor of Business Economics at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

He is an Assistant Director of the university’s Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) and a Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics and Management at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He is a former external economic advisor to Ofgem. He is a member of the editorial board of the Review of Industrial Organization, Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, Utilities Policy and The Energy Journal. He was a founding co-editor of Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy. He is a member of the Council of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and a joint academic director for Energy of the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).

His research interests include productivity analysis, measurement of economic reform impacts and future energy and carbon market design and regulation. Michael has a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

Michael slides are available to view.

Rebecca Willis' work focuses on environment, climate and energy policy. In a collaboration between Lancaster University and Green Alliance, from 2014-18, Rebecca investigated how politicians understand and respond to climate change. The research looks at how UK Members of Parliament understand what climate change means for their role at the national level and in their constituencies, and how to best support them in taking action. In 2019, Rebecca was appointed as an Expert Lead to Climate Assembly UK, the first national Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change, established by six parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons. Read more…

Rebecca slides are available to view.

Session: 29 May

The live recording of the Digital Networks session is available.

Password to access the recording: 8u!90dtp 

Myriam Neaimeh is a Group Leader for the Data-Centric Engineering programme at the Alan Turing Institute. Myriam's work include applying data science methods and tools to help modernise electricity and transportation infrastructure. Currently, she is contributing to the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure which is user-centric, cost-efficient, secure, and synergistic with the operation of the electricity system. 

Myriam slides are available to view

‌Dragan Ćetenović is from Serbia, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant at University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Technical Sciences Čačak. After he completed his PhD in the field of power system state estimation in 2019, he joined to the University of Manchester as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Multi-Energy Networks (ICT & Data) Engineering. As a part of the core research team of the Supergen Energy Networks Hub, he works on developing approaches for advanced monitoring and control of multi-energy systems using novel sensor, ICT and Big Data approaches. His focus is on development of methods for advanced state-estimation for dynamic security assessment of integrated multi-energy networks. 

Dragan slides are available to view

Xavier Bellekens is a Lecturer - Chancellor’s Fellow in the Institute for Signals, Sensors and Communications with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research is centred upon threat detection, threat mitigation and protection of critical infrastructures, ranging across domains from energy to naval and vehicular.  Xavier is also the Education Cyber-Security Thematic Leader and  the Blockchain Group Chair for IEEE UK and Ireland.

Xavier slides are available to view

Session: 1 June

The live recording of the Keynote and closing session is available.

The password to access the live recording is: 0M&Zu&?5 

Rebecca Williamson leads RenewableUK's work to develop policy and engage stakeholders on the next steps in the energy transition. She specialises in market design, working closely with governments and regulators to effect change that will deliver renewable energy at the scale needed for net zero. In addition to mature renewables like onshore and offshore wind, she lead RenewableUK's work to create the right policy framework to bring innovative technologies - such as floating offshore wind, tidal energy and electricity storage - to market. Rebecca is a member of the Citizen's Climate Assembly advisory panel, attends the board of Scottish Renewables, and prior to working at RenewableUK, lead WWF-UK's work on the coal to clean transition.

Emma Pinchbeck is Deputy CEO and sits on the Board of RenewableUK. She is an expert in decarbonisation and a regular commentator on climate change and renewables. Emma strongly supports efforts to improve diversity in the energy sector. She holds several advisory positions, including with Imperial College and Innovate-UK.

Previously, Emma was Head of the Climate Change team at WWF-UK and worked in private consulting. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. 

Outside of work, she ran her first Marathon in 2018 to raise money for WWF’s climate change work, is otherwise a keen competitive rower, and is passionate about sustainable living – even her wedding dress was from Oxfam!

Emma and Rebecca slides are available to view.