2017 Power Academy Seminar
The 2017 seminar was held at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University on 20 - 21 July 2017.
View the full programme for the 2017 Seminar here.
Accommodation and refreshments
Invited Power Academy Scholars, had a room booked and paid for by the IET, at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University on the night of 20 July 2017
On day one, lunch, refreshments were provided and a formal dinner was held. Day two, Breakfast and lunch were provided.
- The dress code for the seminar on day one was business attire.
- The dress code for the formal dinner was smart casual.
- The dress code for day two was practical clothing (eg casual clothes, jeans/t-shirt, nothing impractical like heels or flip-flops).
Venue & Travel
Off Ashby Road (A512)
Loughborough University (West Park)
Leicestershire. LE11 3GR
The venue is set within the grounds of Loughborough University, Burleigh Court. The venue is a modern four star hotel with free onsite parking. There is easy access from the M1 motorway and it is a 10 minute drive from Loughborough mainline railway station.
After Dinner Speaker
This year the after dinner speaker was Nigel Vardy, Western Power Distribution
- "Mr Frostbite" by Nigel Vardy, Western Power Distribution (PDF)
- Evolution of our Energy System by Alex Buckman, Energy Technologies Institute (PDF)
- Changing Face of Engineering by Kathryn Bain, Senior Product Advisor, The IET (PDF)
The IET 2017 Power Academy Essay Challenge
Every year, the Power Academy invites scholars to write a mini-essay on a chosen topic.
The top two essayists will attend a European Energy Conference in 2018.
This year, scholars were invited to write 700 words on one of the following topics:-
|1.||Future electricity supply will only be provided by smart decentralised networks, discuss.|
|2.||How can the world provide power for 9 billion people and limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius by 2050?|
|3.||With the emergence of Distribution System Operators (DSOs), what will be the major challenges that they will face and what solutions would you propose?|
The winners were announced at the Power Academy dinner on 20 July 2017 and received an invitation to attend the IET Annual Dinner on 21 February 2018 including accommodation in a London hotel.
Please read the 2017 winning essays below:-
1st Steven Doherty - What are Distribution System Operators (DSOs)?
3rd Euan Andrew - The Challenges of the DSO Model