Steven Blair, MEng, PhD, MIET, MIEEE

Research Fellow

Personal Statement

I am a Research Fellow in the Institute for Energy and Environment, within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department. At present, I am mainly working on three research projects:

  • EMRP ENG52 "Smart Grid II", involving the development of phasor measurement units for distribution networks,
  • ELECTRA, involving future grid flexibility and control, and
  • ERIGrid, involving smart grid laboratory infrastructure.

Previously, I conducted analysis for the Capacity to Customers (C2C) Low Carbon Networks Fund project, in partnership with Electricity North West Ltd. In particular, this role involved understanding the impact of novel automation and demand-side response schemes on system capacity and power quality, using detailed system models and monitoring data.

I am interested in communications for power systems, in particular IEC 61850, wide area communications using IP/MPLS, and phasor measurement units. I have created two open source libraries for facilitating the development and testing of IEC 61850-based systems: rapid61850 and discover.

I have also created several tools for visualising power systems concepts, including: real and reactive power, symmetrical components, the dq0 transform, and voltage harmonics.

I am a member of the IET, the IEEE, the IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEC TC57, and the IEEE Open Source Software Task Force.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Power system protection
  • Fault current limitation
  • Power system communications
  • IEC 61850
  • Real-time simulation
  • Embedded systems
  • Software development
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Activities

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  1. C2C Network Performance Results

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

  3. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

  4. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workJournal peer review

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Projects

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  1. Testing of CommunicatonsEquipment for Energinet...

    Project: Knowledge Exchange (Services/Consultancy)Knowledge Exchange (Services / Consultancy)

  2. Industrial Case Account (2008-2012) | Blair, Steven

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

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Prizes

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  1. Radio Industries Club of Scotland - Baird Memorial Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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