NEWS 2012

January 2012
Dewi Jones will be teaching the second year undergraduate module on 'Project Planning and Management' at the School of Computer Science, Bangor University this Spring semester

GWEFR has signed an Agreement for the Supply of Support Services with the Frazer-Nash Consultancy.

February 2012
Dewi Jones has accepted an invitation to join the International Programme Committee for the CONTROL 2012 conference, organised by the United Kingdom Automatic Control Council (UKACC) which will be held in Cardiff, September 3rd - 5th 2012.

April 2012
EA Technology has renewed its Associate Consultant contract with GWEFR for 2012/13.

EA Technology has appointed GWEFR as a consultant to conduct a study of current and future methods for testing high voltage cables. A report and recommendations will be prepared for the client.

May 2012
On 22nd May, Dewi Jones attended an event held at Tŷ Menai in Bangor to introduce SMEs in North Wales to the benefits of high performance computing (HPC). HPC Wales is a collaboration between the Welsh Government and universities and Fujitsu, providing access to advanced super computing technology for all businesses in Wales. HPC Wales offers a secure distributed computing network, consultancy & support and training in supercomputing. There are substantial discounts for companies located in the Convergence region.

July 2012
This July sees our book "Modelling and Controlling Hydropower Plants" being published by Springer. It is a result of co-working between three authors, all of whom were once members of the research group on Control Systems at the School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor University. The book is focused on pumped storage plant and draws on the authors' many years of collaboration with staff at Dinorwig hydroelectric station in North Wales. It is suitable for both practising professionals and academics: the first section provides introductory material for the reader who is new to the field, the middle section describes the primary models used for simulation and control analysis of hydropower stations and the final section presents some of the authors' research on advanced control methods. Click here for a brochure or go directly to the Springer web-site for more information and to purchase the book in print or electronic form.

September 2012
Extra High Voltage (EHV) terminations are a vital component of electricity networks but the current standards and purchasing specifications are not as well formed as for other parts of the cable system. In this project GWEFR will study how the specification could be improved, in order to provide more precise requirements and to motivate the introduction of new features to counter operational problems that have occurred on the network. The work is funded by EA Technology.

October 2012
The first of a new generation of PLC Governors was successfully commissioned at the Dinorwig pumped storage hydroelectric station during the Spring and Summer of 2012. Following extensive testing of both hardware and software using GWEFR's real-time simulator, the process of integrating the Governor on the Plant was smooth and rapid. GWEFR is now updating the simulator software and upgrading its capability.

Dewi Jones will teach the undergraduate module on Control Systems at the School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor University, during the Autumn semester.