At last night’s Knowledge Exchange event, at the University of Strathclyde, some 50 people enjoyed three presentations on the theme ‘Power Flexibility and Demand Side Response – the Opportunity’.

Opened and Chaired by Hector Grant, CEO of SEA, Paul Lowbridge of National Grid laid the foundation for the evening, with the first presentation on ‘Demand Side Response a System Operator view’, which gave an overview to attendees of the changing GB energy landscape, as the grid sees a considerable swing from thermal generation to wind and solar.

Stuart Duncan of DONG Energy then explained their current business strategy, which provides their UK customers with solutions that deal with energy transformation and flexibility, realizing extra value for their businesses.

Not only did the University of Strathclyde provide the venue for last night’s meeting, Dr. Stuart Galloway of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering also entertained colleagues with a whistle stop tour of the town of Findhorn Ecovillage.

The Findhorn Ecovillage is a tangible demonstration of the links between the spiritual, social, ecological and economic aspects of life and is a synthesis of some of the very best of current thinking on human habitats. It is a constantly evolving model used as a teaching resource by a number of university and school groups, as well as by professional organisations and municipalities worldwide.

Stuart covered data extracted from energy usage across the village including micro-grid, generation and the subsequent data analytics related to smart energy, smart grid and behavioural change.

Although there was time for quite a few questions from the audience, once the formal event closed there was considerable discussion amongst speakers and delegates for over an hour before everyone went on their way.

Our next Knowledge Exchange Meeting takes place on October 27th at the University of Glasgow.

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