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2016 Power Academy Seminar


The 2016 seminar was held at Austin Court, Birmingham on 14 - 15 July 2016.



Download the 2016 Power Academy Seminar Programme (120 k) (PDF)


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.


Dress code

  • 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


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Image of IET Birmingham, Austin Court  


Jurys Inn Birmingham

245 Broad St


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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



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)

2nd  Owen Johnson - How have changes in government energy policy over the past 40 years shaped the British energy industry (72 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.

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