- Taking the current grid infrastructure understand the development of a SmartGid Architecture
- Discuss the understanding of what is already smart in grid technology
- Develop, in teams, the concept of a SmartGrid based on your own experience
- Compare and contrast this with each other’s views and develop a common language for the group to really understand the SmartGrid nomenclature
A SmartGrid vision
- A proposal of what constitutes a SmartGrid of the future will be proposed
- A review of drivers that reinforce the need for the SmartGrid that is outlined
- Identify the elements that make up a SmartGrid from a technical, commercial, environmental and cultural perspective
- Consider the challenges for a free market operation versus a monopoly approach
- Identify barriers to deployment of such an architecture and propose solutions
The role of ICT in a SmartGrid
- Consider existing ICT arrangements in utilities today
- Discuss how the SmartGrid differs in the use of ICT?
- What does ‘integration’ really mean when we discuss Power Networks and ICT
- Team work will identify and propose migration strategies to deliver an integrated solution
Generation, transmission, distribution and beyond
- Understand the need for a system approach to a SmartGrid
- Review the roles of the different delivery segments today and consider how this will change as a SmartGrid takes shape
- Who is a consumer and who is a producer?
- Where will the new players come from?
From control, protection and load-shed to nirvana
- Understand how the multitude of acronyms add value: SCADA, EMS, DMS, SA,FA, etc.
- Consider who operates a SmartGrid when demand side participation enters the scene
- Build knowledge of system architecture and the elements that dictate the future (that you don’t know will!)
- Propose strategies to deal with an evolving dynamic grid design
Technology –the saviour to the rescue (or maybe not)!
- Get an indication of the breadth and depth of the term in relation to a SmartGrid
- Is technology part of the problem or part of the solution?
Legislation, regulation, planning and public acceptance
- Review Market design – the rule of unintended consequences!
- Identify key barriers to deployment and design work-a rounds
- Review strategies to deal with the identified barriers and propose tactical options to mitigate implementation issues
The supply chain
- Understand the innovation chain
- Who are the stakeholders in a SmartGrid?
- Who invests and who benefits?
- Team discussion on how to use the supply chain for optimum delivery of the new vision
Building business cases
- Where do you sit in the value chain?
- Short term or long term – this is the question?
- Review examples from around the globe
- Team activity to convince the Board why they should act
So who is going to deliver the vision?
- Consider the age profile of the industry today – then consider those entering the profession
- Review the skills needs of the industry tomorrow
- Who, what and when?
Bringing it together – from vision to reality!
- Combine the knowledge learnt to build a picture of what a real SmartGrid will look like, how it could operate and the changes that will be needed to achieve it
- Consider what a SmartGrid might need to deliver in the far future