Students got a
Real Power Systems
On Monday 30th January 2012, around 20 students of
Department of Aerospace, Electrical and
Electronic Engineers, Coventry University,
travelled by coach to the National Grid House,
Warwick Technology Park, Warwick.
When they arrived, there were strict security
arrangements and they all had pre-made security
badges to wear.
After a short introduction and brief, they watched
two fascinating presentations by several employees
at the centre, a vision of National Grid electricity
business and Future Aspects and Challenges on Energy
Market were presented.
They enjoyed a presentation about the main functions
of the gas supply network - to ensure sufficient
supply is available at the right place and the right
time to meet consumer demand. After that
presentation, they enjoyed viewing of the National
Grid's System Control Centre, which manages the flow
of the gas from the beach to the end consumer.
It uses telemetered data from all the
operational sites to monitor the system. Finally,
they enjoyed a technical tour on Hams Substation,
It was a great opportunity to gain a first hand
understanding of how such a complex and yet
taken-for-granted system works and the real
challenges faced by electrical engineers In getting
electricity from where it is generated, to your
This was a unique opportunity to visit National Grid
facilities and see everything behind the power
The main organizer, Dr Francisco Gonzalez-Longatt
is very pleased about this visit, "It is really
important for students to be able to relate the
material taught in their lecture courses to
real-life engineering technology". Next field trip
will be announced very soon.
Dr. Francisco M. González-Longatt 18 February 2012.