This talk at Smart Grids 2012 Cambridge (tiny.cc/cleanpower) notes that the current market dynamic pits growing demand and global population against the pressure for a reduced emissions and lower dependency on fossil fuels. This introduces instability at both ends of the system. Renewable energy sources are inherently variable, unstable and remote at one end. And meanwhile, consumers are being pushed to change behaviour.
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Power Electronics and the Smart Grid - Bryn Parry, CEO Amantys Ltd
The energy sector is often labelled as – or maybe even accused of! – being a slow traditional industry, one that is resistant to change, and reluctant to adopt new ideas and innovation. This is reflected in the relative scarcity of new companies in power electronics, and the dearth of young engineers coming into the industry.
Existing national grid systems are based on long-established, proven technology and architectures, an aging infrastructure that has changed little in many decades, and a user who is passive whether he or she likes it or not.
The traditional grid has no link between generation and consumption; it operates with centralised control, a passive architecture, and as a result, lacks any degree of operational flexibility – supply is generally on or off, and so is demand.
The current market dynamic pits growing demand and global population against the pressure for a reduced emissions and lower dependency on fossil fuels. This introduces instability at both ends of the system.
Renewable energy sources are inherently variable, unstable and remote at one end. And meanwhile, consumers are being pushed to change behaviour by governments and suppliers, keen to shift them towards a heavily interactive mode, whether with energy monitors in the home, or smart meters and new models of usage.
Amantys believes that one of the core building blocks of an efficient and reliable Smart Grid is effective power switching - something more sophisticated than on, off or fault; something that combines advanced digital control techniques with precision analogue and power engineering.
The intelligent power switch offers real-time adaptation to varying system, load and environmental needs. It deploys a simple, reusable architecture, with a standard digital communications exporting real-time and non-real-time data from the switch to allow remote monitoring and control.
There is a common demand across all medium and high voltage power switching applications for greater reliability and efficiency, for better control and for simpler design.
Perhaps this is why an industry – normally so resistant to change - is engaging with Amantys to deliver the Intelligent Power Switch to meet the challenges of the Smart Grid.
Short Biography - Bryn Parry
Bryn Parry is the CEO and co-founder of Amantys, a start up company based in Cambridge, which is developing intelligent power switching products for the smart grid, renewable energy and motor drive markets. Bryn was previously a General Manager at ARM Ltd. He started his career as an electronics design engineer before moving into applications support and eventually into general management.
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