Evening technical papers and talks, normally following a board meeting.


13-06-2018 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University
School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University
School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
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Yi Zhang - Optimising, a Lifestyle Choice

Optimising, a Lifestyle Choice

Optimising, or the relentless search for perfection, is perhaps an obsession that every engineer should have. However, the difference between trying and succeeding depends on whether you can do it properly. This paper uses a number of luminous examples to discuss the ins and outs of different approaches. Grasping the concept of the fomal optimisation process is the first step you need to put it into action.

About the Speaker

Dr Yi Zhang is a building services engineer by training. He had 20 years of experience in academic research before co-founding Energy Simulation Solutions Ltd in 2013, a company specialises in building energy performance modelling, computing services, and software development. Dr Zhang has had a particular interest in optimisation ever since the painstaking years on acquiring a Loughborough PhD on this very subject. Users of his jEPlus and jEPlus+EA tools can be found in over 105 coutries and regions around the world.


04-12-2018 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University
Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University
The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY
Microgrids: A new market opportunity?

Microgrids: A new market opportunity?


Dr Duncan Child

Head of Program Management UK, Schneider Electric


Today’s market forces are leading to a departure from a highly centralized power system and a return to smaller scale, localized systems that optimize power demand, consumption, and management. Microgrids are emerging as one of these decentralizing systems that organisations are considering to meet core strategic objectives such as meeting carbon targets, cost savings, greater penetration of renewable energy and resilience of supply. A microgrid will optimize the energy distribution across a local network and balance the energy flows from the distributed energy resources so that they meet these strategic objectives. The distributed energy resources will likely consist of both generating assets and controllable electrical loads.

This event is in association with the Energy Institute



Dr Duncan Child, Head of Program Management, Schneider Electric will present provide an overview of microgrids, the drivers for this change, where the potential applications for microgrids are and discuss how digitisation of the energy sector is opening up the potential applications for microgrids.


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