Flexible Energy Delivery Systems: Seminar Series at Cardiff University

Tue, 2012-10-02

The energy supply system is usually considered as individual sub-systems with separate energy vectors (e.g. electricity, heat, gas and hydrogen). In the present Smart Grid vision, the role of electricity is most prominent with limited consideration of other energy networks. However, there is much benefit to be gained by considering the energy system as an integrated whole. For example, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units and boilers with district heating system and heat pumps act as linkages between electricity and heat networks. These allow complete coupling of the electricity and heat networks and make use of synergies of the two networks for energy storage and the utilisation of distributed renewable energy.

However, only tackling supply side does not solve the fundamental problem, demand side must make efforts in energy efficiency and abstemious lifestyle to curve the ever increasing consumption.

Moreover, to further reduce carbon emissions, renewable energies must been increased to decarbonise the grid, both in large scale as power stations and in small scale integrated with buildings. To achieve this, renewable resources must be clearly identified and integrated.

To sum up, if efficient design of buildings, smart grid and renewable resources identification can work in a holistic way, there would be much bigger capacity in the real world to achieve the government's ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Cardiff University will host a seminar series designed to bring together researchers and experts to present and discuss issues and developments regarding the flexible energy delivery system. The forum intends to extend beyond the obvious technical element and consider the wider impacts, perceptions and relevance of integration of energy systems.

The forum will consist of six regular joint seminars supported by discussion groups over a period of one year. Each seminar will examine a particular aspect of flexible energy delivery system. The specific titles for each of topic will be confirmed when seminars are held.

The first seminar, on the 2nd October, will host:

  • Professor G Hammond of Bath University speaking on "The Distributed Generation: Evaluating the "Whole System" Energy and Environmental Performance of Micro-Generators"
  • Paul Woods, Technical Director of AECOM, speaking on "Delivering a Low Carbon Future With District Energy"

For the second seminar, to be held on the 20th November, the speakers will be

  • Mr, Simon Woodward Chief Executive, Cofely District Energy on "District Energy Commercial and Technical Solutions to Deliver Successful Schemes"
  • Dr. Phil Griffiths Reader from Ulster University on "Advances in Heat Storage".

Both seminars will take place between 2pm and 4pm at the Engineering School, Cardiff University Queen's Buildings (room S0.26). For more information on the seminar series, please visit http://cardiff.ac.uk/ugc/flexible-energy-delivery-system-seminar-series-for-postgraduates-and-researchers