Student win in 3 Minute Thesis Challenge
Jonathan Bowes, a second year PhD student in the Department’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, won this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The competition was held as part of the University’s Engage with Strathclyde Week on 2 – 5 May 2017. It challenges PhD students to explain their research in 180 seconds to a non-technical audience, using only a single PowerPoint slide and no other props. Developed and first held by the University of Queensland in 2008, the challenge now takes place in over 350 universities in 59 countries.
Communicating the importance of their work is one of the biggest barriers faced by universities and engineering departments in particular. The topic of Jonathan’s presentation was improving accessibility of electricity provision in developing countries by connecting small isolated power systems to share energy.
Commenting on his win, Jonathan said: “Taking part in the challenge helped me focus on the real world value of my research, and provided invaluable practice communicating it in a clear and concise manner. I was thrilled to win and am looking toward to participating in the UK semi-final in July."
Researchers win international Wind Power Forecasting Competition
Department researchers Jethro Browell and Ciaran Gilbert have won an international wind power forecasting competition run by TU Dresden in conjunction with the 14th European Electricity Market Conference. The pair forecast the total generation for a portfolio of wind farms from 2 to 38 hours-ahead every day for two weeks. Their methodology, which was based on semi-supervised regression, produced forecasts with a 4% lower error score than their nearest rivals. Ciaran will be attending the EEM conference in Dresden this June to present the approach, which will be released in open-source software, and to receive a prize of €500 as well as an exclusive dinner with the keynote speakers during the conference.
Energy forecasting is a vital component of modern power system and electricity market operation, and improving the production and use of forecasts is becoming increasingly important as the penetration of weather-dependent renewable generation increases. Strathclyde has a strong and growing capability in energy forecasting with active projects in wind, solar and electricity demand forecasting, and engagement from leading utilities including National Grid, SSE and Iberdrola.
DERLab Association appoints Professor Burt as new SpokespersonAt its AGM on 22 March in Arnhem, the DERlab Association elected Professor Graeme Burt, Director of the Institute for Energy & Environment, as its new Spokesperson. Professor Burt has been a member of the DERlab Board for 6 years supporting the objectives and development of the association. Commenting on his appointment, Professor Burt said; "I'm delighted to continue my cooperation with DERlab as its Spokesperson. We are at a very exciting stage in the development of distributed energy and smart grids, with new and emerging opportunities in power system testing and laboratory integration. I look forward to serving the network in this new position as DERlab grows and expands further." This year's AGM also welcomed TNO as a new member of the DERlab Association. The Dutch organisation for applied scientific research will assist the association with its expertise in intelligent energy networks and smart grids. With the newly opened HESI facility (Hybrid Energy System Integration), TNO will contribute to the DERlab collective knowledge base and an already wide range of DERlab members’ testing services. DERlab started out in 2005 as a network of excellence, growing into an association of leading research institutes and companies worldwide in 2008, with 33 members to date.
University Summer Congregations
The Department's graduation ceremony will be held at 11am on Friday 23 June at the Barony Hall.
16th International Workshop on Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (MUT 2017)
Organised by Dr Richard O'Leary of the Department's Cente for Ultrasonic Engineering, the conference will bring together researchers from across the globe for discussions on recent advances in the design and implementation of micromachined ultrasonic transducers (MUT); associated device manufacturing modelling and characterisation methodologies and a diverse array of medical and industrial applications.
Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers present good bandwidth characteristics, design flexibility, electronic interface integration and, potentially, low cost. They offer a promising alternative to conventional piezoelectric transducers for various medical and industrial applications.
Venue: Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Further details: http://www.mut2017.com/