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Seminars

2020

We had planned for this to be in Liverpool this summer. However, the coronavirus situation has led to our company partners deciding that this year the seminar should be cancelled.

The IET Power Academy essay competition 2020

Every year, the Power Academy invites scholars to write a mini-essay on a chosen topic. 

The first prize is £600, the second prize is £400 and the third prize is £200.

The winners this year are:-

  • The first prize winner is Edward Sperring, Loughborough University, Siemens
  • The second prize winner is Niloufar Saffari, University of Bath, UKAEA
  • The third prize winner is George Anderson – Liverpool John Moores University, S P Energy Networks
The IET Power Academy essay competition 2020

2019

The 2019 seminar was held on the 18 and 19 July 2019 at The Crowne Plaza, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 

Programme

View the 2019 IET Power Academy Seminar programme.  

After dinner speaker  

The after dinner speaker was Nick Ellins, Chief Executive, Energy and Utility Skills Group and the National Skills Academy for Power.

Presentations

  • The Future of Flight: Electrifying Aerospace by Rob Watson, Director Rolls-Royce Electrical, Chair of the IET Power Academy Executive
  • Tackling the 4D Energy Challenge through Storage and Flexibility: Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Democratisation, Digitalisation by Professor Phil Taylor,Head of Engineering, Newcastle University

Some years on! Ex scholars presentations

  • Andrew Allan - RWE Generation UK
  • Andrew Berndes - Western Power Distribution
  • Gavin Howarth - Northern Powergrid

The IET Power Academy essay competition 2019

Every year, the Power Academy invites scholars to write a mini-essay on a chosen topic. 

The first prize is £600, the second prize is £400 and the third prize is £200.

This year scholars were invited to write 700 words on one of the following topics:

1. The decarbonisation of heat is critical for the UK is to meet its decarbonisation targets. Discuss the possible routes to decarbonisation for the heat sector and the potential impacts on our existing infrastructure.
2. The UK’s installed capacity of base-load generation will continue to reduce as coal power is phased out and nuclear plant reaches end-of-life ahead of new-nuclear build. Is this a cause for concern or is the electricity supply industry ready for the changes this brings?
3. Is electric power really green?

This year's winners were:

  • 1st Prize - Connie Edgar, Rolls-Royce, University of Strathclyde
  • 2nd Prize - Caleb Halfpenny, RWE Generation, Queen's University Belfast
  • 3rd Prize - Fraser Steedman, Atkins, University of Strathclyde

The three winners were announced at the Power Academy Seminar dinner on 18 July 2019.

They received an invitation to attend the IET Annual Dinner in 2020, including accommodation in a London hotel.