STEM Foundation

Energy Transmission and Distribution

Date: 19 February 2013 : 08:00 - 14:00

This Masterclass is designed to give an overview of the current energy distribution systems focusing on the gas and electrical grid. The National Grid will be discussed with regards to its conception, development to date, current reinforcement work and potential conversion to a smart grid in the future. Day-to-day control and maintenance issues will be learnt through practical activities at the National Grid training centre. The vast scope of work planned in the redesign of the grid will be considered with regard to the workforce skills needed to implement.

There are statistics that 70% of the UK electricity and gas transmission and distribution system was installed at least 20 years ago and some of the network infrastructure is over 70 years old. The sector faces the greatest period of development since its conception in the 1930s. Issues such as integration of renewable intermittent and distributed energy generation, smart grid developments and the move away from large centralised generation have seen the rebirth of the challenge to ‘keep the lights on’ that drove the development of the infrastructure we use today. OFGEM, the UK energy regulator, have put the price tag of this challenge at £200bn.

ABOUT THE HOST:

National Grid's Training Centre, in Eakring, north of Nottingham, has a crucial role in providing expert training across the energy industry. From electricity overhead lines to virtual reality suites, the centre provides a comprehensive range of technical and leadership development programmes.
The centre also manages the training for National Grid's Gas Transmission business through a specialist gas skills facility.
It has 45 fully equipped training rooms, a learning resource centre, four specialist practical training workshops and accommodation for the trainees.

BENEFITS

Further Education Colleges and their representatives that attend our Masterclasses benefit from:

  • Free teaching materials
  • 6 CPD points
  • NEF Certificate of Achievement
  • Masterclass participation can be used towards the professional registration of CPD with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Knowledge you will gain:

  • An understanding of the role of the National Grid
  • An appreciation of how energy is distributed across the UK
  • Knowledge of what skills and training is required in the sector
  • An understanding of the challenges that lie ahead for the integration of new energy sources

LOCATION

National Grid, Eakring Centre, Kirklington Road, Newark-on-Trent, Eakring, Notthinghamshire, NG22 0DA

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