Smart integration of distributed energy resources
8 June 2012
Smart integration of distributed energy resources


Background to the workshop:
The utility industry is witnessing progress in that Governments around the globe are recognising the importance of a fiscal stimulus in kick starting the transition to intelligent power systems. The central role of smart grids in this transition towards a low carbon economy has also been established. As a result of these developments, the number of successful pilot projects is growing exponentially.
A number of issues including the transition towards low-carbon societies will bring many technical challenges to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). In the next decade, a high penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) is expected, including more renewables (e.g., PV panels), electric vehicles, electric heat pumps, etc. This workshop will present an overview of the different technical issues faced by DNOs, introduce delegates to the various DER technologies, and show how Smart Grid-based solutions could be used to minimise the impacts.
Who should attend this workshop?  
·         DNOs
·         Manufacturers of DER technologies
·         Researchers and academics
Benefits of attending:
·     Learn about the latest technologies in DER technologies
·     Develop an understanding of active network management
·     Hear how to maximise the benefits of existing and planned investments
·     Learn how to leverage collaboration benefits: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
Workshop Leaders:
Dr Luis (Nando) Ochoa is a Lecturer in Smart Distribution Networks, part of the Electrical Energy and Power Systems (EEPS) Group at the University of Manchester, UK. He has more than 60 research papers in peer-reviewed top ranked journals and top class international conferences in the areas of distribution network analysis, network integration of renewables, and smart distribution networks. He is also co-inventor of one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd (now part of Alstom Grid). He is Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society Chapter for the UK and ROI.
Dr Pierluigi Mancarella is a Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Systems, part of the EEPS Groupat the University of Manchester, UK. He is author of two books, five book chapters, and more than 60 papers on distributed energy resources and distribution network analysisand planning. He has worked in and led various work packages in UK and European projects, in the field of power system integration of distributed energy resources and flexible energy systems. This includes the FP6 “More Microgrids” project on power system impact of microgrid operation and the FP7 “Green eMotion” project on large scale integration of electrical vehicles.
In Association with:
The University of Manchester is one of the top research lead universities in the UK (5th*), Europe (9th*) and the World (44th*). Within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the Electrical Energy and Power Systems Group comprises 11 full-time academics and some 80+ PhD students, research associates and academic visitors. Its current research portfolio is about £8.5m with support from UK EPSRC, EU, the UK Government, and leading national and international industrial companies. During the past 50 years, it has established itself as one of the longest continuously active university-based research groups in electrical power engineering and energy systems in the world, and has achieved an enviable international reputation for its advanced education, training and high quality of research in all aspects of energy systems engineering. (*Shanghai Jiao Tong University – World University Ranking 2010).

Workshop agenda



Registration and Coffee



Overview of the drivers towards low-carbon electricity networks



Overview of DER technologies



Afternoon Coffee



Impacts of high penetration of DER on LV and HV networks



Active network management and stand alone solutions



Smart grid solutions



Workshop closes

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London W1W 5EE
United Kingdom

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