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2nd EAI International Conference on Smart Grid Inspired Future Technologies

March 27–28, 2017 | London, Great Britain

Gareth Taylor


Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences

Institute of Energy Futures

Brunel University London

(presented by Dr Barry Rawn)

'Applications of Big Data Analytics to Enable Smart Grids'


This presentation will initially consider the main impacts of Renewable Energy Sources on future electrical power networks as follows: Environmental, Technological and Economic Challenges; UK as an electrical power transmission system case study. The presentation will then consider novel interdisciplinary applications of Big Data Analytics that will be required to manage the impacts as follows: GB transmission system developments; Future pan-European transmission systems; Future power networks development in China.


Prof Gary Taylor is the director of the Brunel Institute of Power Systems (BIPS). He is also the Smart Power Networks theme leader in the newly formed Institute of Energy Futures. He received his BSc degree in Electronic Physics from Royal Holloway College, University of London, in 1987, and his MSc and PhD degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Greenwich in 1992 and 1997 respectively. He was appointed at Brunel University as a National Grid post-doctoral scholar from 2000-2003. He has contributed to over 160 research publications concerning applied mathematics and computing in both power systems and general engineering. His research interests include smart grids, smart metering, big data analytics, renewable energy systems, power system and network operation, power system economics and electricity markets. He has led and collaborated on a number of EPSRC and EU funded Smart Grid research projects. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has been a member of the IET for over ten years. He is also a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prof Gary Taylor is the UK lead investigator for a major international UK-China EPSRCNSFC funded Smart Grids project entitled ‘Developing Scalable Smart Grid Infrastructure to Enable Secure Transmission System Control’ [1]. The research partners from China are Tsinghua University, Sichuan University and State Grid. The research partners from the UK are National Grid, Alstom and Intel. A key aspect of the project is the scalable analysis of massive data in relation to secure transmission system operation and control [2]. Prof Gary Taylor was also the project coordinator for a 6.4 m euro FP7 Energy & ICT Smart Grids project entitled ‘High Performance Computing Technology for Smart Distribution Network Operation’ HiPerDNO [3]. The consortium included Brunel University London, University of Oxford, UK Power Networks, EDF R&D SA, IBM, Union Fenosa, INDRA and Fraunhofer IWES.

Web links:


  2. G. A. Taylor et al., ‘Parallel Detrended Fluctuation Analysis for Fast Event Detection on Massive PMU Data’, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, August 2014.



Dr. Ian Llewellyn

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK


'Consumers in the Smart Grid'


New technology is changing the way that we generate, distribute and consume electricity. The need to meet aggressive decarbonisation targets by 2050 means that there are increasing amounts of intermittent renewables on the grid and increasing peak load on the network as we progressively move to electric vehicles from internal combustion engine vehicles and from gas heating to electric heating. This is making the balancing of generation and demand more difficult as we decarbonise and increasing the costs of electricity transmission as we reinforce the grid to supply bigger electricity peaks.

In this presentation, the application of information and communication technology (ICT) to transform our passive electricity network into an increasingly smart energy system is discussed as a way of decreasing the costs of decarbonisation in the UK. It is shown that around £8bn of additional costs could be saved if domestic consumers could supply demand control services, local network storage and local renewable generation controlled automatically by an ICT network.

Results are presented from a recent consumer survey undertaken using more than 25,000 UK consumers that show the willingness to use smart enabled products and services. The results point to a number of challenges for developers of technology for the smart grid, with a need to ensure smart products are easy to use and work seamlessly out-of-the-box. The results also point to a wide disparity between those of different age groups and social classes willing to use smart enabled appliances. Based on these results, a series of four principles are presented for smart products and services that we believe technology developers would have to meet in order to be acceptable to consumers and allow sufficient market penetration to provide meaningful impacts on the UK decarbonisation targets.


Biography Dr Ian Llewellyn

Dr Ian Llewellyn is currently Deputy Head of Engineering at the UK Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He leads a team of ten engineers responsible for giving advice to Ministers and BEIS policy and delivery units on all aspects of energy engineering, including the generation, transmission and consumption of electricity. His team is also responsible for assessing the impact of new technology in meeting BEIS’s overall goal of the decarbonsation of the UK energy industry while keeping costs down to consumers and ensuring reliability of supply.

Dr Llewellyn’s specific engineering expertise is on ICT networked devices and appliances having previously worked at the UK telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, in their new technology unit managing their R&D programme. He has over twenty years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, developing the technology of 2G, 3G and HAN products.

WCSG Workshop - Invited Speaker

Prof. Anurag Srivastava

Washington State University, USA

'Analyzing Cyber Requirements for the Smart Grid Applications'