Diamond Light Source

Monday, 23 April 2018 at 2.00 pm, Chadwick Amphitheatre

Prof. Andrew Harrison
Chief Executive
Diamond Light Source
Didcott, Oxfordshire, UK

Abstract will be published soon

Quantum Biology

Friday 6 April 2018 at 2.00, Chadwick Amphitheatre

Prof. Johnjoe McFadden
University of Surrey
Professor of Molecular Genetics, Associate Dean (International)
BSc (Biochemistry), PhD (Biochemistry)

Abstract to be published soon

SmartGrids: Stakes, Research Needs and Opportunities for Energy Transition

Friday, 23 March 2018 at 2.00 pm, Chadwick Amphitheatre

Prof. Nourredine Hadj-Said
Director GIE-IDEA - G2Elab
Grenoble Electrical Engineering
UGA Saint Martin d'Hères


Among the technical objectives of the SmartGrid concept, one can mention an increased integration and management of distributed generation as well as PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) in the best economical and security conditions, an increased participation of consumers (concept of active consumer and optimization of consumption), a reduced environmental impact of the whole electricity supply system (reducing losses, improving energy efficiency, among others), and an improved power quality and overall system security for examples.  The field of expected achievements is as broad as efficient devices/structures for interconnecting DGs (Distributed Generation), control and supervision, energy chain optimization, reduction of peak consumption, anticipation of equipment failures and self-healing to manage outages and improve network resilience, etc.

The extent of technologies to be developed for reaching these objectives encompasses several areas that include generating and storage technologies, information and communication technologies, new monitoring and control devices, smart equipment for fault management, advanced forecasting tools, etc. For the various technologies, some specific technology enablers in the process of innovation and expected breakthroughs play a key role in SmartGrids.  Examples of the key roles for the advanced energy materials are PV (Photovoltaic), storage technologies, power electronics components and new generation of sensors needed to enhance distribution grids monitoring.

The presentation will address the advent of SmartGrids, solutions being developed to meet the increasing complexity of the whole electrical system and the opportunities offered for the energy transition. It will cover both up to date research and development in the field of SmartGrids and industrial applications including some examples on large scale pilot projects for SmartGrids.