What is your role at the ESO?
In my present role, I am the technical lead for ESO’s Stability Pathfinder Phase 2 project. Stability Pathfinder is a unique project that is exploring new ways of addressing emerging system operability challenges. As we reduce our reliance on coal and gas power stations, we have to find other ways to provide system stability. Renewable generation like wind and solar connect to the system via power electronic converters, which do not give us the same stabilising properties. Hence, we need to find new ways to operate the system.
My role in this project is to explore future system needs to operate a stable system with high levels of renewable generation. I’m also responsible for developing and delivering technical elements of the Stability Pathfinder Phase 2 tender process. This involves working with Transmission Owners to understand their needs and also potential restrictions so that we can provide the best solutions to run a reliable and cost-effective network.
I have worked across various teams in National Grid but Stability Pathfinder has definitely been the most exciting technical work for me so far. There have definitely been many aspects of ‘pioneering innovations’ in this project which I have developed.
How are you involved with the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)?
I am a Professional Registration Advisor with the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). This involves providing guidance on the application process for attaining professional registration such as Engineering Chartership (CEng).
Being a member of a professional engineering institute like IET helps broaden professional skillsets which for many would enhance career prospects. Being a member of IET allows me to explore and keep updated with the ongoing engineering developments around the world.
What do you love about engineering and specifically your role at the ESO?
I enjoy exploring technical challenges and finding solutions. In my current role, thanks to all our phase 2 participants and stakeholders, I have enjoyed learning about new technologies and understanding how they could benefit the system operator. And of course I'm helping us realise our ambition of net zero by ensuring that we have sufficient solutions for the control room to operate the future carbon free system in a stable and secure manner.
What advice would you give to any aspiring engineers?
Engineering is an exciting field with many career opportunities. After all, the world runs with the help of engineers. I would advise any aspiring engineer to think about what you enjoy doing and explore various engineering career paths to decide what you want to do.