2016 Power Academy Seminar
The 2016 seminar was held at Austin Court, Birmingham on 14 - 15 July 2016.
Accommodation and refreshments
Invited Power Academy Scholars had a room booked and paid for by the IET on 14 July 2016 at the Jurys Inn Hotel, Birmingham.
On day one, lunch, refreshments and a formal dinner were provided. Breakfast and lunch were also provided on day two.
- 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
IET Birmingham Austin Court
80 Cambridge Street
Jurys Inn Birmingham
245 Broad St
The 2016 venue was in a central location in the heart of Birmingham. This high-rise hotel was a 3 minute walk from the International Convention Centre and a 14 minute walk from Birmingham New Street train station.
After dinner speaker
This year the after dinner speaker was Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Chief Executive BRE Group and IET Vice President
- Skills - The need for Innovation, Nick Winser, IET Deputy President and Chair of The IET Power Academy Executive (1068 k) (PDF)
- Railway System Optimisation, Simon Chung, London Underground (2726 k) (PDF)
- Routes to Professional Registration, Colin Sellers, IET Manager Professional Registration and Standards (2115 k) (PDF)
- Research + impact = Innovation, Prof Paul Lewin, University of Southampton (2114 k) (PDF)
The IET 2016 Power Academy Essay Challenge
Every year, the Power Academy invites scholars to write a mini-essay on a chosen topic. The winners were announced at the Power Academy dinner on 14 July 2016 and received an invitation to attend the IET Annual Dinner in 2017 and to have London hotel accommodation booked for them.
The top two essayists will attend a European Power Industry Conference in 2017.
This year's winners were announced and you can read their essays below:-
1st Anthony Akuoko - Increasing Solar Energy System and challenges to the UK Grid (197 k) (PDF)
3rd Brendan Digney - Since 2008 the quantity of UK energy generated by solar systems has increased by 360 times (17GWh in 2008, 6243GWh (est) in 2015). What challenges has this brought to the UK grid system? (340 k) (PDF)
DEMSEE Conference attended by the 2015 essay winners Mohammad Daemi and Murray Wilson in Crete. Please view their report and photograph.