Photo: UWE KTP Associate Minh Trang
Based in Bristol, Powerline Technologies Ltd deliver next generation Smart Grid distribution automation solutions to utilities and Distribution Systems/Network Operators (DSO/DNO) worldwide. Since starting in June 2019, the Knowledge Transfer Partnership with UWE Bristol has been working to create a novel simulator of electrical distribution assets for Smart Grid application development.
Minh Trang has been leading the project as the KTP Associate.
We spoke to Trang, 9 months into the project to find out how she has found the
KTP so far:
How long have you
been a KTP Associate?
I started the role in June 2019 so I’ve almost been in the post
for a year.
What attracted you to
the KTP role?
I came from a PhD and what I liked about the KTP was the
possibility of continuing to manage my own project whilst working for a local
company with the potential to be employed with the company on completion. The
KTP also offers great opportunities for continuing professional development
alongside the project via the £4,000 development budget.
How is the
partnership between UWE and the company working?
It’s been working really well. I’ve been learning a lot from
UWE Power Systems Research Laboratory about algorithms and methods for
analysing and driving the project and Powerline Technologies have been
supporting me with the practical knowledge for running the project more
What are the current
challenges of your role?
The challenges have mostly been technical, ensuring the
correct application of data, getting used to new software packages and
determining the most effective models for the project. However, I have been
supported by my company and academic supervisors throughout all of this, which
I’m really grateful for.
What do you enjoy
most about your job?
It would have to be the experience that I’m gaining in managing
a challenging, real-life project, which I think is a vitally important skill for
my future career plans.
What do you think about
the support available from UWE and the Company?
It’s been great, my Academic Supervisor (Hassan Nouri) is
really knowledgeable and has deepened my understanding of the field. I also
feel really engaged with the team at Powerline and enjoy being part of their
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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are funded by UKRI through Innovate UK with the support of co-funders, including the Scottish Funding Council, Welsh Government, Invest Northern Ireland, Defra and BEIS. Innovate UK manages the KTP programme and facilitates its delivery through a range of partners including the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Knowledge Bases and Businesses. Each partner plays a specific role in the support and delivery of the programme.