Meeting the challenges of GB system operation


Changes in the generation mix and demand side combined with new technologies coming to the system bring a number of challenges and opportunities for power system operation. This presentation details challenges facing system operator today and how those challenges are managed in real time operation.

This free event is hosted by the University of Birmingham and co-sponsored by the IEEE UK & Ireland Section PES Chapter.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 17 Nov 2017
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+00:00) Edinburgh
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  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham, England
  • United Kingdom B15 2SA
  • Building: Education Building
  • Room Number: G33

  • Co-sponsored by University of Birmingham
  • Starts 26 October 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 16 November 2017 05:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+00:00) Edinburgh
  • No Admission Charge


Dr Xiaoyao Zhou of National Grid


Dr Xiaoyao Zhou received his PhD from the University of Bath in 2006. He is a member of the IET and a Chartered Engineer. He joined UK National Grid in 2006, first as a Power Systems Engineer in the National Grid's System Design group, working on connection designs for nuclear power generation, offshore wind farm and HVDC systems. He then joined system operator as a system analysis manager in 2011, leading a power system engineering team that is responsible for developing future system operational plan. Between 2013-2016, Dr. Zhou acted as the data and modelling manager responsible for maintaining an offline power systems model of the National Grid's network. Working with the industry, he is now a technical policy manager that ensures the GB Grid Code, Distribution Code and Security and Quality of Supply Standards (SQSS) remain fit for purpose.

Dr Xiaoyao Zhou of National Grid