Flexibility and grid services from distributed Multi-Energy Systems

Wednesday  10 April 2019, 17:00 - 18:00 (followed by a drinks reception) 
Venue: Room 112, Alan Walters Building, (R29 on campus map - PDF)

The Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) is to welcome Professor Pierluigi Mancarella to the University of Birmingham.

Professor Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia, and part-time Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester, UK. He received the MSc and PhD degrees from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, worked as a post-doc at Imperial College London, UK, and held several visiting positions in US, France, Chile, and China.

Flexibility and grid services from distributed multi-energy systems

This BEI lecture will explore the main concepts surrounding the provision of power system flexibility and grid services from distributed multi-energy systems (MES) where electricity, heat, cooling, hydrogen, and transport tightly interact with each other. Technical, economic and commercial aspects will be covered, including the impact and benefits arising for different stakeholders.

Specific topics that will be discussed include:

  • Why flexibility now?
  • Motivation for and relevance of MES
  • Smart buildings, smart districts, and community energy systems
  • Integrated MES optimal power flow analysis
  • Power-to-X and multi-energy storage options
  • Flexibility, grid services and business cases


Professor Mancarella's research interests include multi-energy systems, energy system planning under uncertainty, and reliability and resilience of future networks. He has been involved in/led around 50 research projects worldwide and actively engaged with energy policy in Europe and Australia. Pierluigi is author of several books and of over 200 research publications, an Editor in several prestigious journals, the convenor of the Cigre C6/C2.34 Working Group on “Flexibility from distributed energy resources”, and an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer, He holds the 2017 veski Innovation Fellowship by the Victorian Government and led the Melbourne Energy Institute’s power system security assessment studies in support of the “Finkel Review” of the Australian energy market.

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served at the drinks reception following the event. Alcoholic drinks will be only be served to those who are aged 18 or over.


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