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Blog 2 - ESO visit to King's College Strand Campus

Zehua, 11 May 2023

The UK Electricity System Operator (ESO) visited the Strand Campus of King’s College London (KCL) on April 27, 2023. The purpose of the visit was to explore potential research collaborations and learn about the latest advancements in the fields of informatics and engineering.


At the start of the visit, there was a round of introduction where the researchers from CUSP London (Centre for Urban Science and Progress), SPRINT (Sustainable Power and Renewable Energy INTegration) and the ESO Innovation team introduced themselves.


Following the introductions, Professor Frost gave an overview of research activities within the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences at King’s College London. Then, researchers from CUSP London (Professor Holliman, Dr Meso and Dr Borgo) provided an overview of their research activities. Their presentations covered a wide range of topics, including data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.


After these presentations, lunch was held at Bush House: the informal atmosphere provided an excellent chance for everyone to network and engage with each other.

Overview of the recently completed Quad renovation at the Strand Campus

After lunch, Dr Todeschini led the group on a guided tour of the Strand Campus. The tour highlighted the campus's rich history, beautiful architecture, and state-of-the-art facilities. The group visited the Department of Engineering's Power Systems and Power Electronics laboratory, where Dr Todeschini and her PhD student, Zehua Tang, gave a presentation on the research capabilities and equipment. Dr Todeschini also answered questions from NG ESO staff regarding her research and the laboratory's advanced equipment, including an OPAL-RT real time simulator, and an Imperix microgrid.

Example of importing dataset and exporting simulation results using the MATLAB/Simulink Platform

Lastly, the entire group visited the Quad teaching spaces of the King’s Building and enjoyed coffee in a relaxed environment. There was an opportunity for the NG ESO staff to ask questions and discuss the visit with the researchers from KCL. The visit ended on a high note, with both organizations expressing a strong interest in further their collaboration.

To conclude, the NG ESO visit to KCL Strand Campus was a great success. The visit provided a valuable opportunity for NG ESO staff and KCL researchers to familiarize themselves with each other's work, while also fostering potential collaborations between the two organizations. CUSP and SPRINT look forward to strengthening their relationship with NG ESO in the future.


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