Electromagnetics in current and emerging energy and power systems

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Past Event:

A one day seminar on electromagnetics in current and emerging energy and power systems.

The control systems for emerging renewable energy plants are sophisticated electronic systems and there are inevitable EMC issues to consider. 

The designs of high efficiency photovoltaic systems involve EM energy of extremely short wavelength. There are new concerns regarding the effects of stray magnetic fields from undersea cable on sea-life. Wind farms disrupt surveillance radar performance and are a prime target for Lightning strike; solutions to these two issues are in part, electromagnetic. 

Finally, in order to achieve the extreme efficiencies required, high temperature super-conductors are being seriously explored.

This one day seminar will cover but not limited in the following areas:

  • EM and EMC issues on power systems control
  • EM approaches for efficient solar energy harvesting
  • EM fields in under-sea cable systems
  • Modelling and implementation of high temperature super-conductor, switches, and motors
  • RF scattering from wind turbines
  • Lightning protection on wind turbine blades
  • To inform the energy and power industry of available approaches to EM problems of relevance
  • To provide a networking opportunity across the industry and the EM community


Invited speakers

The following invited speakers have been confirmed:

  • Prof Tony Brown from Manchester University to give a talk on the effects of windfarm blades on radar signals
  • Prof Phil Sewell and Dr DWP Thomas from Nottingham University to give a talk on “Developments and application of TLM for electromagnetic compatibility studies"
  • Prof Gordon Jones and Dr Deakin from Liverpool University to give a talk on power network circuit breaker and monitoring
  • Dr Alistair Duffy from De Montfort University to give a talk on signal integrity of energy and power systems
  • Chris Jones from BAe Systems to give a talk on lightning


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