Conference to tackle challenges faced by power industry

“Countries worldwide are trying to reduce greenhouse emissions whilst at the same time trying to keep up with supply and demand which is a difficult task.”

Moofik Al-Tai, Professor of Electrical Technology Education

Staffordshire University is hosting an international conference to explore recent developments, current practices and future trends in Power Engineering. The conference will also address the challenge faced by the power industry as it fights to meet renewable energy targets.

Countries within the EU have been given the goal of producing 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 but global urbanisation and a growing population is making this an ever more challenging task.

Moofik Al-Tai, Staffordshire University's Professor of Electrical Technology Education who is the Chair of the conference said: “Countries worldwide are trying to reduce greenhouse emissions whilst at the same time trying to keep up with supply and demand which is a difficult task.” 

“Given the major challenges now facing the electrical power industry and the energy sector in general, UPEC 2015 provides a platform to address some of these issues. It also provides the opportunity to network and to meet experts in these areas.”

Now in its 50th year, the International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC) is a long-established conference which provides a major forum for scientists, young researchers, PhD students and engineers worldwide to present, review and discuss the latest developments in Electrical Power Engineering.

More than 200 delegates from 45 countries around the world are due to attend UPEC 2015 being held at the University's Science Centre Stoke-on-Trent Campus from September 1 – 4.

Speaking at the opening ceremony are the Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University Professor Michael Gunn and the former Chair of Staffordshire University Board of Governors and Staffordshire graduate Steve Burgin, who is the Regional Vice President of Alstom covering Northern and Central Europe.

Subjects under discussion during the conference include power systems simulation and analysis, distributed generation, renewable energy systems, smart grids, electrical machines and drives, electricity markets and electric vehicles and transport.

Over the four days, the University will also host several events to celebrate the conference's 50th anniversary including a Civic Reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke-on-Trent and a Conference Banquet at Cranage Hall Hotel.

This is the third time that UPEC will be held at Staffordshire University after successfully hosting the conference in 1993 and 2002.

Further information and the full conference programme can be found on the conference website at



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