Although one is tempted to wonder where the first half of 2010 has gone, mid-winter has passed and the days are slowly getting longer.  The Soccer World Cup 2010 is almost done and dusted and we've surprised the world media and the visiting tourists with the great experience they've had and made our critics eat their words.

July 4th was 2 years since Doug passed away.  Helene and the family are slowly adjusting to a different rhythm of life without a husband and father.

And the first DBREV scholar has been busily beavering away at her research!

Wendy Annecke (Gaby's DBREV main mentor) and I met briefly at Forries a week or so back and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she has not only settled in to post-grad life, but has been producing research papers, two of which she hopes to present at two international IEEE Renewable Energy conferences coming up soon:

The first is the 45th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2010) in Cardiff, Wales 31st August - 3rd September 2010.  This is a long-established conference, which is very popular with young researchers, PhD students and engineers from the power industry.  It allows participants to exchange experiences and discuss the most up-to-date topics in power engineering.

The second is PowerCon in Hangzhou, China on October 24-28, 2010.  Gaby hopes to be able to arrange some field trips to local RE installations while she is there.  if you have suggestions or contacts for her, please let us know.

Both papers are review papers with an emphasis on energy storage and the importance of batteries within RE systems. There are many similarities between the two papers, but each paper has a separate emphasis, the UPEC paper on modelling battery storage within a hybrid RE system context and the PowerCon paper with an emphasis on battery controllers within the same context.

We hope to be able to have her present at least one of the papers and then give us some feed back on the trips later in the year. 

Keep up the good work Gaby.  You can keep track of her progress and catch some of her thoughts on RE at a blog she has started at :  - drop in from time to time and leave some thoughts and encouragement for her in the comments.  Will be great to see some discussion and debate there which will help her focus her research.