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Grid, Power Systems & Networks- Business Development Manager

Jennifer Keegan is ETP’s Business Development Manager for Grid, Power Systems and Networks.

Jennifer is based at the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde and works closely with Professor Graeme Burt and other specialist staff in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at the university as well as in other ETP universities. Experienced in renewable technologies and power generation, she is currently helping SME’s that are working on innovative low carbon or SMART technology projects via the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN), helping to advance the development of the low carbon economy in Scotland.

Jennifer has spent more than 12 years working as a business development manager, very recently for an independent engineering firm that work exclusively on operational and maintenance contracts for windfarms on and offshore. 

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Grid, Power Systems & Networks

Welcome to our resource page for Grid, Power Systems and Networks. You will find information about how ETP can help you as well as details of funding calls, events and news for this energy theme.

 

 

The challenge of integrating renewable energy sources like wind, tidal and wave into the electricity power system is at the core of ETP universities’ work with industry. This integration presents a range of technical and economic issues about how to mesh traditional power engineering, advanced electronics, monitoring and control technologies, software as well as information and communications technology. ETP universities are well placed to support the development, demonstration and deployment of these next generation grid and related systems technologies.

 
ETP Expertise in Grid, Power Systems and Networks
Distributed generation

Increasing the penetration of renewables introduces a wide range of technical challenges which require innovation to generate novel approaches and technologies. From maximising the capacity of distribution networks with hardware and software solutions to intelligently managing and controlling distributed generation (‘smart grid’) and demand-side management, to centralised communications and network security, ETP members are tackling these issues through desktop research, laboratory work and field studies.

Power systems

The detailed modeling of systems under various scenarios is critical to research efforts. Whether it involves power systems modeling, simulation and analysis, or detailed models of new load categories focused on next generation of high-efficiency electronic loads (e.g. plug-in chargers for electric vehicles, LEDs and high-intensity discharge lighting sources), ETP has the expertise in modeling and analysis to help resolve critical interconnection, operation, control and protection issues.

Power electronics

A power system with distributed renewable energy sources requires more complex control and safety systems with advanced power electronics. ETP research into novel converters, DC /DC conversion, High Voltage DC (HVDC), inverter-connected generation and control, as well as power electronics components and materials, supports the development and deployment of next-generation transmission and distribution systems.

Digital communications

Communications is a critical element in power systems and many evolving smart grid technologies. This raises new issues of communication and network types, data speed, security and analysis. ETP research areas include signal processing; communications systems, human interface factors and data analytics.

Electrical Machines

Research into electrical machines (incorporating power electronics) is focused on the design of novel machines for use in renewable energy systems (e.g. direct drive wave, wind and tidal current systems/ generators) and the hardware/ software developments required in electrical motor and generator control and testing. Power electronic converters are also being developed for interfacing these renewable energy systems to the grid and for control purposes to optimise performance. In addition, there is also research into electronic power supplies.

Scottish Energy Laboratory (SEL) - Power systems facilities

A key facility in the Scottish Energy Laboratory (SEL) is the Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC). A collaborative venture involving the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise and an industrial membership that includes ScottishPower and SSE, the PNDC is a purpose-built platform for researching and developing state-of-the-art electrical transmission, distribution and generation innovation. The facility will be focused on accelerating the adoption of new technologies, from advanced power grids to electric cars and household appliances.

For more details visit www.scottishenergylaboratory.com

Smarter Grid Solutions Ltd.

Smarter Grid Solutions Ltd, the Glasgow-based smart grid technology company, was already working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Strathclyde when it engaged with the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP).

The KTP was focused on the delivery of a range of real-time deterministic smart grid devices and applications that would allow utility companies to improve the utilisation of their grid infrastructure. The £100k-plus project runs from early 2012 to mid-2014, with a KTP associate recruited to lead on the research work. The knowledge partner in the project, Strathclyde’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, was also the original home of Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) before it spun out of the university in 2008.
When SGS then engaged with the ETP, the company’s Development Director and co-Founder, Graham Ault was keen for them to learn more about SGS international competitors, the technologies they were developing and the intellectual property they owned. A University of Strathclyde Research Associate within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering was approached to undertake the market research work and produce a report for the company. Working part-time over two months, the research associate ultimately delivered a market research report for the company that improved its insight into the competitive landscape of active network management technologies.
Graham Ault said:

“The ETP project was useful in providing us with an additional resource capable of undertaking a technical competitor analysis that gave us greater visibility and insight into potential competitors and their technologies. As with our ongoing KTP, engagement with ETP helped SGS further develop its strong links with a key partner university in Scotland.”