My final quarter with UK Power Networks – my 2nd quarterly report – Don McPhail


Please find linked here my second quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 5th December 2011 to 4th March 2012 during the second half of my employment with UK Power Networks.

During this three months of my placement with UK Power Networks, I have continued on being a part of the Low Carbon London Programme, working as a Trial Design Engineer in the Solution Design Authority team.

The Low Carbon London programme is a UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) Low Carbon Network Fund supported demonstration programme focussed on the effect the transition to a low carbon economy will have on distribution networks. The programme is made up of a partnership of 13 companies, with UK Power Networks being the lead partner.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included hosting review workshops and finalising the high level design of the Residential Smart Metering, Industrial and Commercial Distributed Generation, Industrial and Commercial Demand Response, and Networks trials.

I have also drafted the Hypothesis Test Approach documentation for the Electric Vehicle, Small Scale Embedded Generation, Heat Pump, Industrial and Commercial Distributed Generation, and Industrial and Commercial Demand Response trials.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the Low Carbon London programme and feel I have gained and developed a lot of useful knowledge related to my scholarship topic and the broader international power industry.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties, regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter.

As I have now finished my six month tenure with UK Power Networks, I am taking part of the month of March 2012 off to spend some time travelling Eastern Europe.

In this time I will also relocate to the Netherlands where I will be commencing a six month engineering role with KEMA in Arnhem on the 2nd of April 2012.