Mick Barlow

About Mick Barlow

Mick Barlow is business development director at S&C Electric Europe where he is part of the team responsible for the future direction of the business and securing new customers across Europe. Based in the UK, Mick joined S&C from Siemens and has also worked at PTI, ABB and GEC. Mick has over 35 years’ experience in the Power Industry and is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IET.
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Planning for Dynamic Voltage Optimisation Today and Tomorrow

I’ve written recently about the benefits of volt-VAR optimisation. Utilities looking to implement such a program must answer an important question: Where do we begin? Utilities seeking dynamic voltage optimisation should consider the design of their systems, ensuring they have adequately sized transformers to reduce losses, minimal splice points, and sufficient conductors, enabling the efficient [...]

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Working Towards the Holy Grail of Unity Power Factor

Across markets globally the distribution grid is rapidly moving away from being a passive network due to the proliferation of small embedded generation (PV, wind, heat pumps etc.) as well as the imminent introduction of Electric Vehicles (EV). In order to control these networks and maintain both security and quality of supply it is necessary [...]

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The Top Three Benefits of Volt-VAR Optimisation Programs

Utilities across the world are increasingly focusing on distribution automation (DA) to improve grid reliability, efficiency and capacity. As energy demands increase and power-hungry new technologies such as electrical vehicles proliferate, utilities need to seek new ways to meet peak-load requirements. Volt-VAR optimisation is an increasingly popular choice, which reduces losses from distribution and hence [...]

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