Major high voltage event: The Universities High Voltage Network Colloquium held at The University of Manchester

The 12th Universities High Voltage Network Colloquium (UHVnet2019) was held at The University of Manchester on 15-16 January 2019. The event aimed to answer questions surrounding high voltage research with a particular focus on the application of graphene to high voltage equipment.

The theme of the conference this year was “high voltage equipment for future power networks” and was attended by over 80 people from UK universities and industry. There were four keynote talks given by key academics and industry professionals including:

  • Professor Ian Kinloch from the National Graphene Institute
  • Professor Paul Jarman from M&I Materials
  • Dr Ruth Wood from Tyndall Manchester
  • Mr Paul Barnfather from EA Technology

PhD students stand with their awards for best poster presentationThe event was chaired by Dr Qiang Liu, Director of the High Voltage Laboratories in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester.

Alongside the keynote speeches there was the opportunity for early careers researchers to present their work in a poster session. The award for the best presentations went to Manchester early career researcher Shuhang Shen, Jing Qiang from University of Liverpool and Atip Doolgindachbaporn from University of Southampton.

Attendees were also treated to a tour of the High Voltage laboratories, the largest HV lab in the UK, which have recently benefitted from a £1.8million investment from the EPSRC to install a new 800kV AC generator and a 600 kV DC generator.

The event was a huge success and helps to continue the research and work that tackles challenges in the field of high voltage equipment in our power networks.

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