Smart grids are perceived as the panacea to help with reducing our emissions, keeping energy affordable and ensuring security of supply.

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Hence, they have become a focus of policy and academia across developed and developing countries. However, the term 'smart grid' means different things to different stakeholders. This course will provide an understanding of what smart grids are and how their development might look in the UK context.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration1 day
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£290

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will gain:

  • A clear understanding of the definition and history of the smart grid concept
  • Knowledge of the current developments in understanding socio-technical aspects of smart grid development
  • Understanding of the key services and functionalities expected to be achieved in a smarter UK grid
  • Awareness of key decision points leading to alternative smart grid pathways.

Core content

  • History and definition of smart grids
  • Key issues affecting the development of smart grids
  • Characteristics of a smarter UK grid.

Who should attend

This course will provide state-of-the-art knowledge on the social construction of smart grids. It will be of interest to local government employees, engineers and consultants.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
Cranfield
Bedford
MK43 0AL

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