The Hunter Memorial Lecture and Dinner 2005

Venue: Austin Court

Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Dec 08, 2005
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“Distributed Generation”
Lecture by Professor Nick Jenkins, University of Manchester, UK

Distributed Generation, from Renewables and small-scale CHP, will be an important component of any low-carbon electricity system. Considerable progress has been made in understanding how to integrate such generation with the power system but much remains to be done if the UK Government 2010/2015 targets for Renewables and CHP are to be met. Even more radical developments will be needed if progress is to be made towards the long-term goal of a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions.
Distributed Generation is a wide-ranging term encompassing many emerging technologies. Hence it is convenient to subdivide the area as follows:

• Micro-generation, connected to Low Voltage networks
• Generation connected to Medium Voltage networks
• Large Renewable Generation and the implications of large numbers of smaller generators for the Transmission and Central Generation Systems

Of course, the boundaries of such arbitrary divisions are blurred and the impact of generation on the power system varies with scale, location and technology type.

The lecture will start by summarising the state of Distributed Generation in the UK and review likely developments to 2010. It will then move on to discuss more radical ideas for the integration of Distributed Generation including the concepts of Active Distribution Networks, MicroGrids and Virtual Utilities. It will consider the new technologies that will needed to realise such concepts as well as the regulatory and commercial challenges that they will bring.

Professor Nick Jenkinns
Nick Jenkins joined the University of Manchester (formerly UMIST) in 1992 and was appointed Professor of Electrical Energy and Power Systems in 1998. His previous career included 14 years industrial experience, of which 5 years were in developing countries. He has worked for Wind Energy Group, BP Solar and Ewbank and Partners on both conventional and renewable power systems. His present research interests include renewable energy, distributed generation and high power electronic systems. He was a member of the Technical Steering Group of the Distributed Generation Coordinating Group and serves on the European Union Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future.

The Lecture will be followed by a dinner in the Lodge Rooms at The IEE, Austin Court, Birmingham. Why not take the opportunity to meet fellow engineers and share experiences with those with similar interests in an informal setting?