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UK Power Networks experts take the high road to low carbon conference

Experts from UK Power Networks will heading to Aberdeen on a mission…to share their knowledge of how to integrate future technologies into today’s energy networks.

From Press releases - 20 October 2014 12:00 AM

Experts from UK Power Networks will heading to Aberdeen on a mission…to share their knowledge of how to integrate future technologies into today’s energy networks.

No fewer than 11 speakers from the company will talk about their work on a range of ground-breaking projects at the Low Carbon Networks and Innovation conference in Aberdeen this week.

These range from the impact on the distribution networks of electric vehicle charging to managing the integration of energy from sources such as wind and solar farms.

Hundreds of delegates from the electricity industry will be joined this year by visitors from the gas transmission and distribution sectors who have also been looking at future technologies and the impact on energy networks.

UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity to London, the South East and East of England is the leader in low carbon development projects and is keen to share its expertise with other operators in the sector.

Martin Wilcox, head of future networks for the company, said: “Having secured funding for these projects and being the leader in many of them, we believe that sharing the knowledge we have acquired is essential.

“We’ve learned a lot from our work and have worked equally hard to make sure the results are widely known so these new approaches can be seamlessly put into practice across all our networks.”

Martin will be among the 11 UK Power Networks’ speakers at break-out sessions during the two-day event. He will be speaking about how improving technology can improve faster fault response times and better return on assets.

His colleague Tobi Babalola, a low-carbon solutions design engineer, will be sharing his knowledge on the impact of electric vehicle charging on the network.

Sotiris Georgiopoulos, a project leader, will be sharing insights into the impact of an innovative electricity connection service for new solar and wind farms in East Anglia.

Other speakers include: Peter Lang (monitoring and analysing distribution network performance); John Hayling (the importance of flexibility in electricity networks); and Timos Manolopoulos, who will talk about how networks are using innovation to deliver affordable energy to vulnerable customers.

Michael Clark and Adriana Laguna will both talk about different aspects of the Low Carbon London project. Tim Manandhar will be looking at EU and national compliance issues affecting smart networks. Paresh Mehta will be sharing his insights on how IT is becoming increasingly important in future networks and James Gooding will be sharing the results of extensive network monitoring which offers insights into how low voltage networks might be managed in the future.

The conference, which is organised by the industry body – the Energy Networks Association – will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from October 20-22.