Smart Grid Journal Club

The Smart Grid is a technology platform that will revolutionalise the way that future power systems will operate at all levels, from central generation and transmission of electricity, to low voltage distribution, consumption, and end-user participation.  It requires integrated study, design, operation and management of different technologies including power systems, telecomms and automation, but also consideration of environmental, policy and social aspects of all involved energy transformations.

The Smart Grid Journal Club brings together researchers from various disciplines working on smart grid related topics and provides a platform for discussion of inter- and cross-disciplinary concepts.  Current members of SGJC include researchers from the Institute for Energy Systems (IES) and the Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM) of the School of Engineering, and from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences of Heriot Watt University.

SGJC members meet on a regular bi-weekly basis; at every meeting we present and discuss recent journal publications on smart grids.  The main purpose of our meetings is to provide an opportunity to present new concepts, methods and technologies in the area and at every meeting two papers are presented.  Each presentation typically lasts 10-15 minutes, followed by a 20-30 minute discussion.  The papers are selected by the presenters and are relevant to their research.  The presentations and the meetings in general are informal, but we follow strictly the following rules:

  1. The papers must be smart grid related (obviously!), but the exact topic can be anything from telecommunications for smart grids, to computer science and hard-core power engineering.  This facilitates widening of the horizons of the SGJC members, while staying within the topic of smart grids.
  2. The presented papers must be transactions-quality publications (to ensure high quality of presented material).
  3. The papers must not be authored by the presenter or any other SGJC member[*] (to facilitate cross-fertilisation and introduction of new concepts and ideas).
  4. Everyone gets to and has to present a paper every now and then!

[*]: The only exception to this rule is when, occasionally, we use the SGJC meetings as a test run for conference presentations to be given by our members.

The schedule of the Spring/Summer '16 series of SGJC meetings is shown below:

We are an open and friendly group and we try to keep our meetings relaxed and informal.  If you are interested in joining us, please send us an email.  Are you the author of any of the above publications?  We would be delighted to hear from you.

Further Information: 

For further information please contact Dr Aristides Kiprakis.

Break-down of domestic electricity demand by load type
Break-down of domestic electricity demand by load type
Single line diagram of a part of a low voltage urban distribution network
Single line diagram of a part of a low voltage urban distribution network
M2M communications deployment for the smart grid
M2M communications deployment for the smart grid

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Academic Staff: 

Postgraduate Researchers: 

Dr Adam Collin - IES
Dr Anup Nambiar - IES
Dr James Robertson - IES
Dr Wei Sun - IES

PhD students
Alastair Heggie - IES
Alex Kleidaras - IES
Gautham Krishnadas - IES/Flexitricity Ltd.
Sara Lupo - IES
Dahunsi Okekunle - IES
Obinna Unigwe - IES
Yuchang Wang - IDCOM
Rentao Wu - IES
Mehdi Zeinali - IDCOM
Merlinda Andoni - EPS, Heriot Watt
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