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Future Smart Power Networks


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Teddington evening lecture: This talk will consider the power industry's challenges in the years ahead and the solutions being sought to overcome these.

Date and Time

03 September 2014 - 19:15-21:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the London local network.

About this event

     The power industry faces some significant challenges in the years ahead. With capital assets averaging 50 years and some as old as 100 years and the high cost of replacement of these,  the industry is looking for solutions to maximise the use of this existing infrastructure.
     The increasing demand for energy, the connection between fossil fuel and global warming together with energy security issues is driving the requirement for increased use of renewable energy sources also called low carbon technologies. The nature of renewable energy is that it is essentially dispersed and sometimes time dependent. Integration of these dispersed generation sources into the existing transmission and distribution network with its existing centralised power generation topology presents a number of engineering challenges.
     More and more distributed generation such as wind turbines and PV are being connected to distribution networks. These generators affect the power flows in distribution networks. The power industry must create a more visible and controllable electricity grid that can deliver power more reliably, efficiently and cost effectively, it must also find smarter ways to accommodate higher volumes of renewables and low carbon technologies.

About the speaker

Miss Nathalie Huyghues-Beaufond MSc first graduated from France where she won her national competition qualification as an Electrical Engineering lecturer. She taught in Paris for 7 years and decided to have a break from education to try her luck in the real industrial world in London. She worked with Schneider Electric UK for three years as a project engineer until she decided to resign and learn more about the power industry at Brunel University where she obtained her MSc in Sustainable Electrical Power. She joined McLellan and Partners as a Consultant Engineer last October.  Passionate in researching the Smart Grids technologies, she intends to introduce and promote the new ways of managing the power transmission and distribution infrastructures.

Additional information

Evening lecture: 19:15 for 19:30 start


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