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Why we need a Smart Grid?
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SPEAKER:Prof. Peter Crossley,Head of Electrical Energy & Power Systems,the University of Manchester

TIME:10:00 AM NOV.5,2013



Modern society is dependent on flexible electrical energy, available on demand, at an affordable social and environmental cost. Today, most of our electrical energy is produced by converting the carbon stored in coal or natural gas into heat energy and then via turbines and synchronous generators into 50Hz electricity. 

To address the challenges of global warming, the University of Manchester is discussing and exploring methods to reduce our reliance on ‘pre-historic’ solar energy stored in fossil fuels, and exploiting ‘real time’ solar energy available via wind, waves, photovoltaic, solar thermal, bio-mass and hydro. To incorporate these green, but often intermittent energy resources, electricity networks will have to become ‘smarter’. Real time information will have to be communicated between the suppliers and consumers of electricity, the local and national energy stores, and the operators of the transmission and distribution grids.


The research and design activities associated with the industrial and academic career of Peter Crossley were/are related to the protection and control of electrical power systems, impact of distributed/intermittent generators on electrical networks and the design and use of renewable energy systems and smart-grids.

After graduating from UMIST and the University of Cambridge, he joined GEC Measurements in 1983 and became a Senior Technical Engineer and later Research Manager. In 1991, he moved to the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and progressed from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Reader. In 2002, he joined Queen’s University as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Power & Energy Research. Finally, in 2006 he returned to the University of Manchester as Professor of Power Systems and later Director of the Joule Centre and now Head of Electrical Energy & Power Systems.

He is also Convenor of CIGRE Working Group on Management of Protection Settings, a Member of the Greater Manchester Energy Advisory Group, Chair of the IET Manchester Division and was vice-Chair of the IEEE ISGT Europe 2011 Conference.