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Distributed Generation 2018

The IET Course on Distributed Generation

6 - 8 November 2018 | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

CPD 18 hours

Technical visits

PNDC: Power Network Demonstrations Centre

Tuesday 6 November 2018

PNDC The Power Networks Demonstration Centre is a venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy aimed at accelerating the adoption of novel research and technologies into the electricity industry.

The 13,000 sq ft PNDC facility hosts an 11 kV and LV network environment representative of UK networks and secure test bays to allow the pre-commercial testing of primary (HV and LV) equipment and secondary (control, protection and measurement) equipment prior to being implemented in public networks. The unique facility enables highly realistic and accelerated technology testing alongside a rich portfolio of research programmes across the full Smart Grid domain.

You will learn about how the input from industry, leading experts from academia and the centre’s specialist researchers, create the perfect collaborative environment for thought leadership and practical game changing techniques to be developed and implemented.

Whitelee Windfarm

Thursday 8 November 2018

Whitelee Windfarm Spread over 80km2, Whitelee is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. It is owned by ScottishPower Renewables, which is a subsidiary of Iberdrola, one of the world's largest developers of renewable energy.

Positioned 300 metres (985 feet) above sea level, its 215 Siemens and Alstom wind turbines have a total capacity to generate 539 MW of electricity, enough to power 330,000 homes; more than the number of households in Glasgow (290,694 as in 2015).

Each turbine is 300ft tall from the ground to the centre of the hub and generates 2.3MW. Each blade is 150ft in length. The turbine makes 17 revolutions per minute turning at 360 degrees tearing the wind at a speed of 150mph. A foundation of over 30ft deep was dug into the peat to erect the turbines.

The bus tours will allow you to get up close to the turbines. You can explore the windfarm and learn more about the turbines and ecology of the site.


Member - from £1100

Non-member - from £1500

Student/retired - from £850