Details of all high voltage
organisation members

 Member Universities:

Cardiff University

Prof Manu Haddad

Advanced High Voltage Engineering Research Centre
School of Engineering
Cardiff University
PO Box 925
Cardiff, CF24 0YF, Wales, UK

Tel +44 (0) 29 208 75 904
Fax +44 (0) 29 208 74 735
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Glasgow Caledonian University;GCULogo            

Dr Mohamed Emad Farrag                              


Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering & Built Environment

Glasgow Caledonian University

70 Cowcaddens Rd,

Glasgow, G4 0BA


Tel +44 (0) 141 331 3404
Fax +44 (0) 141 331 3690

Research Areas
- Distribution generation and energy storage; its impacts on distribution network’s performance.
- Smart grid and power quality.
- FACTS controllers application in power system transmission and distribution.
- Development of real-time control in power systems.
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University of Leicester

Dr Steve Dodd 

Department of Engineering
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK

Tel 0116 252 2869
Fax 0116 252 2619

Research Areas
- electrical (dielectric), thermal and rheological characterisation of liquid and solid insulating materials
- electrical and thermal ageing characteristics of liquid and solid insulating materials

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University of Liverpool

Prof Joe W Spencer 

The Centre for Intelligent Monitoring Systems

University of Liverpool 

Tel +44 (0) 151 794 4524

Research Areas
- Low and high current switching phenomena in SF6
- High frequency arcing and induced transients
- Parasitic arcing
- Electroagnetically driven arcs
- Fast transients
- Gas mixtures (N2/SF6)
- CFD modelling 

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University of Manchester

Dr Qiang Liu
School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
The University of Manchester
Room C15, Ferranti Building, Sackville Street
Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Tel: 0161 306 8711 

Home to the National Grid High Voltage Research Centre
Research Areas
- Overhead line and composite crossarms
- Transformers (oil/paper insulation, thermal & magnetic modelling)
- Higher voltage aerospace systems
- Condition monitoring and asset management
- Ageing and degradation of insulation materials
- Polymeric insulation systems
- Low current arcs
- Pre-breakdown and breakdown phenomena in liquid dielectrics
- Environmentally friendly liquid dielectrics
- Insulation coordination and lightning protection

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University of Southampton                                       UOfSouthamp

Prof Paul Lewin
The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Tel 023 8059 3586
Fax 023 8059 3709

Research Areas
- Condition Monitoring
- Environmental Modelling
- High Temperature Superconducting Apparatus
- Liquid Dielectrics
- Solid Dielectrics
- Space and Surface Charge
Commercial Testing
- Cables
- Transformers
- Bushings
- Insulators
- Forensics
- Material Characterisation
- Switchgear

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University of Strathclyde                                          UOfStrath

Professor Brian G Stewart

Instituteof Energy and Environment

Departmentof Electronic and Electrical Engineering 

Universityof Strathclyde 

RoyalCollege Building 

204George Street 

Glasgow G1 1XW

Tell +44 (0)141 548 2171

Research Areas
- Electromagnetic compatibility & immunity issues in substations
- High voltage & pulsed power technology
- Partial discharges - mechanisms and monitoring
- High frequency insulation coordination
- Solid, liquid and gaseous insulation studies
- Diagnostic technologies for HV cable networks, power transformers and GIS
- Lightning protection
- Condition monitoring systems
- Circuit breaker condition monitoring
- Applications of radiometry for non-invasive measurements
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GnoSys Global Ltd and The University of Surrey           

Prof Gary C Stevens

GnoSys Global Ltd

and The University of Surrey

17-18 Frederick Sanger Road

The Surrey Research Park


Surrey GU2 7YD

Tel +44 (0) 148 368 9164

Research Areas
- high voltage electrical insulation materials for cables, rotating machines, transformers and switchgear
- thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers and polymer blends
- electrically and thermally conducting materials
- nanomaterials and nanodielectrics
- micro and nano-composites
- self-healing materials
- self repair systems for power cables
- HVDC and high operational temperature sustainable cable development
- condition assessment and non-destructive measurement
- smart and portable molecular spectroscopy for materials condition assessment, manufacturing and           development support  
- atmospheric non-equilibrium plasma application development and measurement
- system and asset life cycle assessment - economic, environmental and risk
- asset life cycle costing and risk assessment
- resource and operational efficiency

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Staffordshire University                                       

Dr. Chris Gould
Senior Lecturer - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Award Leader - BEng(Hons)/MEng Electrical Engineering
Staffordshire University
School of Engineering
College Road

Tel 01785 353243 (direct)
Tel 01782 294000

Research Areas
- Automotive Electrical Distribution Systems
- Semiconductor Device Modelling and Simulation
- Thermoelectricity, Energy Harvesting, and Energy Storage
- High Voltage DC to DC converters
- Power flow control in DC systems

Prof. Sarath Tennakoon
Professor of Power Electronic Systems
Award Leader - MSc Electrical Engineering
Staffordshire University
School of Engineering

Tel 01785 353488 (direct)
Tel 01782 294000

Research Areas
- HVDC and DC Grids
- Modular multi-level converters
- Off shore wind
- Grid integration of renewable energy
- DC Traction
- Smart Grids
- Protection of DC Systems
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Member Companies:                            GE Logo

GE Energy Connections, Grid Solutions                               
a GE and Alstom joint venture 

Dr Fabrice Perrot
St Leonards Avenue
ST17 4LX

Tel +44 (0) 1785 78 6503 


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 About Grid Solutions

Grid Solutions, a General Electric and Alstom joint venture, is serving customers globally with over 20,000 employees in approximately 80 countries. Grid Solutions helps enable utilities and industry to effectively manage electricity from the point of generation to the point of consumption, helping to maximize the reliability, efficiency and resiliency of the grid.

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High Frequency Diagnostics & Engineering Ltd

Dr Martin Judd                                                                               HFDE web logo

1st Floor West, Clydeway House                                                     813 South Street
Glasgow G14 0BX, UK

Tel +44 (0)7816 222750                                      


- UHF detection of partial discharges
- UHF partial discharge sensors
- PD location in power transformers and GIS
- Instrumentaion and measurement
- High frequency electromagnetic 
- Condition monitoring and asset managment

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PPA Energy

Cliff Walton

1 Frederick Sanger Rd
Surrey Research Park

Tel 01483 544941
Fax 01483 544955

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Mr Alex Neumann
Charles Parsons Technology Centre
High Quay
NE24 2AZ

Tel: 01670 35 7777
Fax: 01670 35 7771 

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Narec is an independent, cross-disciplined research and development platform serving developers, owners, manufacturers and investors in new energy technologies. Narec encompasses a range of research, testing, trialing and development facilities across the spectrum of energy industries; including the Charles Parsons HV Laboratories.
Services Offered:
- Electrical, materials, environmental and mechanical test
- Product certification
- Specialist Consultancy
- Product development support

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