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Flexible Energy Delivery System (Seminar Series for Postgraduates and Researchers)

Next Seminar: Monday 25 March, 2.30-4pm

Brief of the contents

The energy supply system is usually considered as individual sub-systems with separate energy vectors (e.g. electricity, heat, gas and hydrogen). In the present Smart Grid vision, the role of electricity is most prominent with limited consideration of other energy networks. However, there is much benefit to be gained by considering the energy system as an integrated whole. For example, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units and boilers with district heating system and heat pumps act as linkages between electricity and heat networks. These allow complete coupling of the electricity and heat networks and make use of synergies of the two networks for energy storage and the utilisation of distributed renewable energy.

However, only tackling supply side does not solve the fundamental problem, demand side must make efforts in energy efficiency and abstemious lifestyle to curve the ever increasing consumption.

Moreover, to further reduce carbon emissions, renewable energies must been increased to decarbonise the grid, both in large scale as power stations and in small scale integrated with buildings. To achieve this, renewable resources must be clearly identified and integrated.

To sum up, if efficient design of buildings, smart grid and renewable resources identification can work in a holistic way, there would be much bigger capacity in the real world to achieve the government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

About the seminar series

This forum is designed to bring together researchers from different schools of across the University to present and discuss issues and developments regarding the flexible energy delivery system. The forum intends to extend beyond the obvious technical element and consider the wider impacts, perceptions and relevance of integration of energy systems.

The forum will consist of six regular joint seminars supported by discussion groups over a period of one year. Each seminar will examine a particular aspect of flexible energy delivery system. The specific titles for each of topic will be confirmed when seminars are held.

Topic 1: Introduction to flexible energy delivery system
Topic 2: A role for district/community scale system
Topic 3: Renewable resources and urban infrastructure
Topic 4: Combined analysis of electricity and heat networks
Topic 5: Embodied energy of buildings and infrastructures
Topic 6: Energy storage

To see details of confirmed speakers and their profiles, click here

Dates and details

The next seminar will take place on Monday 25 March, 2.30-4pmThe seminars are FREE to attend. The avenue and agenda will be advertised by posters and circulated by emails before the events. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Seminar Programme, 25 March 2013

Steering committee

Chair: Mr Xuezhi Liu and Mrs Kenan Zhang
Members: Audrius Bagdanavicius, Marouf Pirouti, Marc Rees, Jianzhong Wu (Institute of Energy), Simon Lannon, Yangang Xing, Diana Waldron, Thomas Bassett (Welsh School of Architecture).

Contact information and inquiries

Mr X Liu, Institute of Energy, Cardiff School of Engineering
Mrs K Zhang, Welsh School of Architecture

This seminar series is supported by the University Graduate College

Seminar 1, 4 October 2012


PowerPoint Presentation: Geoffrey Hammond

PowerPoint Presentation: Paul Woods

Seminar 2, 30 October 2012


PowerPoint Presentation: James Keirstead

PowerPoint Presentation: Furong Li

PowerPoint Presentation: John Rogers




Seminar 3, 20 November 2012


PowerPoint Presentation: Simon Woodward

PowerPoint Presentation: Dr Philip Griffiths












Seminar 4, 25 March 2013

Seminar Programme, 25 March 2013