Foundational Workforce Development2022-01-31T13:51:23-05:00

Pillar 3 – Foundational Workforce Development

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Led by Imperial College London, this pillar focuses on workforce development to enable power system transformation at both the university and professional levels. A core group of power system academics has been established and power system transformation curriculum development is underway. Local university partners in Colombia, Indonesia, and Kenya have also been identified and a deeper technical survey of existing power curriculum needs and interests is underway. Partnerships with these universities will result in localization of university of professional development curriculum and training for these specific contexts. Pillar 3 is also supporting the technical upskilling of women in the workforce through the Women in Power System Transformation initiative.

Review the full list of partners contributing to the Pillar 3 Teaching Agenda Group.

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604, 2022

Illustration of G-PST Teaching Material Through VSC-HVDC Example

April 2022

G-PST’s Workforce Development Pillar 3 has embarked on developing the teaching material for the ‘forward-looking’ topics from the teaching agenda published last year. This webinar gives a flavor of the teaching material being prepared using an example topic – voltage source converter based high voltage direct current (VSC-HVDC) transmission. The course material on VSC-HVDC was developed at Imperial College London with a preamble from the National HVDC Centre UK. Based on that, this webinar shows some short extracts of the following as exemplars of similar material to be developed for other topics in due course:

• Expert opinion on the role of HVDC in a VRE dominated power system and the associated challenges at both component and system levels
• Lecture videos and slides focused on modular multi-level converters (MMC) for VSC-HVDC applications including converter design trade-offs, control loops at different levels, and dynamic model of MMCs for use in system-level simulation
• Exercises using an open-source tool that are specifically designed to meet the intended learning outcomes of the topic

Speakers:
• Dr. Adria Junyent Ferre, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London
• Dr. Joan Marc Bernuz Rodriguez, Research Associate, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London

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1803, 2022

Applications Open for PhD Studentships at Imperial College

As the penetration of renewable resources in electricity grids pushes towards 100%, services need to be redefined around the new resources in a way that ensures resilience is achieved at lowest cost. This is a challenge requiring the coordination of evolving technical needs and capabilities with economics and hard to define societal reliability and resiliency needs. This exciting mix of issues is made further challenging by the pace of change and the trend in digitalization of the entire energy systems (including grids) that is happening in parallel.

Within the Control & Power Group of Imperial College London, the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department has established a new research team focused on the technical system services needed to ensure reliable and resilient operation of future power systems. The team is aligned to the G-PST Consortium and its Research Agenda.

Four PhD studentships have been established to support this team and applications to fill the positions are open through May 31st, 2022. The studentships are expected to begin at Imperial College on October 1st, 2022. Learn more about the positions and how to apply: PhD Studentships (x4) in System Services in 100 % Renewable Grids

3103, 2021

Inaugural Teaching Agenda Released

This document summarizes the outputs from a consultation process led by the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium’s Teaching Agenda Group (TAG). The main purpose of this document is to initiate wider consultation and get feedback from various stakeholders. This includes the Founding System Operators of the G-PST, other system operators around the world, G-PST core partners, university partners in different countries/regions and individuals/organizations who have expressed interest in contributing to or benefitting from the workforce development pillar of G-PST.

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3103, 2021

Workforce Development for Power System Transformation

March 2021

Featured Speakers: Mark O’Malley, ESIG; Balarko Chaudhury, Imperial College London; Tim Green, Imperial College London; Vijay Vittal, Arizona State University; Julia Matevosyan, ERCOT; Sadie Cox, NREL

Developing a well-trained and diverse power system workforce is key to continued innovation in the power sector. The G-PST Consortium’s Pillar 3, led by Imperial College London, hosted a webinar focused on how to upskill the existing power sector workforce and revamp post-graduate power education programs. A forward-looking teaching agenda was introduced by eminent experts in the respective subject areas. Logistics for delivering the teachings globally, leveraging existing resources, and plans for promoting diversity in the power sector workforce was also discussed.

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