Monthly Archives: March 2021


Researchers from UK & Netherlands share their research on the impact of COVID-19 on electrical power systems

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Dr Mathaios Panteli, Assistant Professor at University of Cyprus, Dr Matthias Noebels, Ph.D. researcher at the University of Manchester and Mr Jan Vorrink, head of the Control Centres Netherlands of TenneT TSO BV (the Dutch Transmission System Operator), shared their insights on the impact of COVID-19 on electrical power systems through an online webinar on 29th March 2021.

The event is attended by Mr Harish Krishnappa, Chair of CIGRE Netherlands NGN, Dr Luis Hurtado, member of CIGRE Netherlands NGN, Process Specialist at TenneT, Dr. Ying Xue, Chair of CIGRE UK NGN, Assistant Professor in Electrical Power Networks at the University of Birmingham, Dr Melike Selcen Ayaz, event lead at CIGRE UK NGN, Energy Consultant at RINA TECH UK and Ms. Jingyi Wan, UK representative of NGN International Executive Committee and Marketing Lead at CIGRE UK NGN, HV Cable Systems Project Engineer at Mott MacDonald. There were over 50 people attending the event.

The webinar is organised by the CIGRE UK & Netherlands NGN, Chaired by Lakshna Kalpoe, Member of CIGRE Netherlands NGN, Junior Engineer at TenneT, and hosted by the TenneT’s  Webex platform.


At the start of the event, Lakshna provided an opening remark and welcomed all the attendees.


Melike gave an introduction to the UK NGN, highlighting its past events, young member showcase and mentoring scheme.


Luis gave an introduction to the Netherlands NGN, its past events and CIGRE NL themes for 2020/21.



Mathaios first introduced the growing need for resilience, the concept of high-impact low-probability event and the resilience definition from CIGRE WG C4.47. Following that, he pointed out the importance of organizational resilience, in addition to infrastructure and operational resilience.

Matthias then presented a data-driven resilience assessment method of the UK electricity network during COVID-19 using publicly available outage data, highlighting correlations with demand levels, various social metrics and geographical locations. He pointed out the importance of resilience-driven investment.

Following Matthias, Mathaios highlighted the importance of considering community resilience in a move from energy trilemma to energy quadrilemma. He concluded by pointing out the need for data-driven approaches and importance of resilience-driven investment.


Jan started off his presentation with a brief introduction to Tennet. He pointed out a number of important impacts on electricity system from COVID-19 such as decreased of load, occasionally very low prices when PV/Wind have high production and voltage/inertia problems. He then shared a number of measures that were taken by Tennet to mitigate these impacts and its press release. After that, Jan explained in detail an example of COPA team risk assessments, causal chains of grid operation and monitoring factors in case scenarios materialise.

During the panel discussion, the three presenters took a number of questions such as the cyber security during remote working, what are the key lessons learnt from COVID-19 and the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy of power system.



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CIGRE UK B4 Liaison Meeting – DC system and power electronics

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About this Event

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a high-level overview of the ongoing activities in CIGRE related to Study Committees B4 (DC Systems & Power Electronics) led by UK Regular Member Dechao Kong. Technical Brochures published in the last year will be highlighted, along with a status update on all of the active Working Groups where the UK has an interest. You will also hear about the latest new work items approved by the Study Committees during the Paris e-session, and to provide feedback on possible future work items that could be proposed in the future.



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B4 Study Committee Mission, Technology & Scope

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To facilitate and promote the progress of engineering and the international exchange of information and knowledge in the field of DC and power electronics. To add value to this information and knowledge by means of synthesizing state-of-the-art practices and developing recommendations.

Technological field of activity

Direct Current equipment and systems including converter technology and semi-conductor devices.

Power electronics for AC systems and power quality improvement, advanced power electronics and applications.



Within its technical field of activity, Study Committee B4 addresses topics throughout the asset management life-cycle phases; from conception, through research, development, design, production, deployment, operation, and end-of life. At all stages, technical, safety, economic, environmental and social aspects are addressed as well as interactions with, and integration into, the evolving power system and the environment. All aspects of performance, specification, testing and the application of testing techniques are within scope, with a specific focus on the impact of changing interactions and demands due to evolution of the power system. Life cycle assessment techniques, risk management techniques, education and training are also important aspects.


Within this framework additional specific areas of attention include:

  • Theory, principles and concepts, functionality, technological development, design, performance and application of materials, efficiency.
  • Manufacturing, quality assurance, application guidance, planning, routing and location, construction, erection, installation.
  • Reliability, availability, dependability, maintainability and maintenance, service, condition monitoring, diagnostics, restoration, repair, loading, upgrading, uprating.
  • Refurbishment, re-use/re-deployment, deterioration, dismantling, disposal.



10:00 – 10:35 – Welcome from the UK Regular Member, Introduction to CIGRE B4 SC – Brief Overview , Updates since CIGRE Paris E-session, 2020 (Part 1) | Dechao Kong, UK Regular Member, CIGRE B4, National Grid ESO

10:35 – 11:15 –Voltage Source Converters (VSC) HVDC Responses to Disturbances and Faults in AC Systems Which Have Low Synchronous Generation | Carl Barker, WG B4.87 Convenor, GE Grid Solutions11:15 – 11:30 – Break

11:30 – 11:45– Condition Health Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance of HVDC Converter Stations |Harry Evans, NGN, WG B4.89 Member , GHD11:45 – 12:00 – Operation and Maintenance of HVDC and FACTS Facilities |Mingyun Sun, NGN, WG B4.90 Member, National Grid Electricity Transmission

12:00 – 12:45 – Flexible LCC-HVDC Technology | Ying Xue, CIGRE UK NGN Chair, University of Birmingham

12:45 – 13:15– Break

13:15 – 13:55– DC-DC Converters in HVDC Grids and for Connections to HVDC Systems | Dragan Jovcic, WG B4.76 Convenor, University of Aberdeen

13:55 – 14:30 –Medium Voltage DC Distribution Systems | James Yu, JWG C6/B4.37 Convenor; UK Additional RM, CIGRE B4, SP Energy Networks14:30 – 14:40 – Break

14:40 – 15:00– Updates since CIGRE Paris E-session, 2020 (Part 2)| Dechao Kong

15:00 – 15:40– DC Side Harmonics and Filtering in HVDC Transmission Systems |Nigel Shore, WG B4.68 Convenor , Hitachi ABB Power Grids

15:40 – 16:00– Closing Remarks, Future B4 Event Updates, AoB |Dechao Kong

Q&A will follow after each presentation 


IDDechao Kong
is the elected UK Regular Member of CIGRE B4 Study Committee since August 2020. He is currently a Power System Engineer and the Subject-Matter Expert in DC Systems and Power Electronics in National Grid ESO, UK.

Dechao has been getting heavily involved in the UK’s academia and industry for DC systems and Power Electronics since 2008, contributing his such subject-matter expertise in technical strategy & policy development, new technology & innovation, engineering and asset management.

Dechao obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and an IET member in the UK. He is also an active member with multiple roles in several CIGRE SC B4 & B5 Working Groups.


Carl BarkerCarl Barkerholds a B.Eng. from Staffordshire Polytechnic and a M.Sc. from Bath University in the UK.  He joined GE’s Grid Solutions in Stafford, UK in 1989, initially working on the design and development of individual HVDC and SVC projects then becoming System Design Manager, responsible for all technical aspects of HVDC projects.  He is, at present, a Consulting Engineer within the business providing technical support across many activities.

Carl is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a member of the IET (UK), a Senior Member of the IEEE, a distinguished Member of CIGRE B4, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham University and an honorary visiting professor at Cardiff University.


Harry EvansHarry Evansis consultant electrical engineer working within GHD’s Energy team. During his time at the company, he has worked on a range of projects covering; Asset management and replacement of major plant and cable systems; power systems modelling of generation connections; co-authoring a review into emerging transmission technologies; and SMART grid design of distribution networks. His other experience includes being recently selected as one of the winners of the CIGRE NGN Young Member (YM) Presentation Showcase and a continuing role as a contributing member to CIGRE WG B4.89.



Mingyu SunMingyu Sunis currently working as an Innovation Engineer with National Grid Electricity Transmission, UK, developing and managing several innovation projects across power electronics related monitoring and maintenance, system monitoring and condition monitoring topics.

Mingyu hold a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester. He is an NGN member of CIGRE and actively participates in WG B4.90. In addition to his activities in CIGRE, he is a Member of the IEEE and IET and has served as reviewers for a number of international scientific journals.



Ying XueYing Xue received his B.Eng degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and the University of Birmingham in the UK, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.

He is currently the chair of CIGRE UK NGN and an Assistant Professor in Electrical Power Networks in the University of Birmingham. He has a strong research interest in HVDC technologies.



Dragan JovcicDragan Jovcicobtained a Diploma Engineer degree in Control Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1999. Since 2000 he has been an academic in UK, and currently he is a professorwith the University of Aberdeen. In 2008 he held a visiting professor post at McGill University, Canada.

Prof. Jovcic is a fellow of IEEE and IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. He is editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE access and IEEE PES letters. He is a fellow of IET and Chartered Engineer in UK.

Prof. Jovcic is a member of CIGRE, chairman of WG B4.76 and has been member of 4 other working groups. He is founder and director of Aberdeen HVDC research centre where he has managed externally funded research projects of around £4 million. Prof Jovcic has over 120 publications and he is author of a book on HVDC: “High Voltage Direct Current Transmission: Converters, Systems and DC Grids”, Wiley, 2015.


James YuJames Yu (MBE PhD CEng FIET)is a Chartered Engineer, an elected IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Fellow and a Royal Engineering Academy Visiting Professor. He is the convenor of CIGRE JWG C6/B4.37. James is also the deputy UK Regular Member of CIGRE B4 SC.

James joined the UK electricity transmission/distribution industry after he finished his studies from Newcastle upon Tyne. He has taken various technical, commercial and managerial roles in the industry. James is currently accountable for the innovation projects delivery at SP Energy Networks. His team are working on flagship innovation projects at national and European levels, and pushing the innovation into business.

James is passionate about education and fully aware of its profound impact on young people’s future. James has strong commitment in the engineering higher education in the UK. He is a Ph.D. Supervisor and visiting professor at various institutes, including Glasgow University, University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the University of Manchester. James published over 50 academic papers covering electricity market, transmission network control, renewable generation and engineering education.


Nigel ShoreNigelShoregraduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1973, then completed his Ph.D. at Imperial College, London, in 1976. After several years with UK consultants as a power system analyst, he moved to Brazil to work on the Itaipu HVDC project, first for Promon Engenharia then ASEA. His positions included main circuit design, control group manager, site commissioning manager and system test co-ordinator.

From 1986-1989 Dr. Shore was a design engineer in ASEA/ABB Sweden, engaged on harmonic analysis and filter design. In 1989, he relocated to England to work remotely for ABB HVDC in Ludvika. Since then he has been responsible for harmonic studies and filter design in very many of ABB’s HVDC projects and tenders, along with developing software tools and design methodologies, and mentoring. He is at present a consultant for Hitachi ABB Power Grids.

Dr. Shore has been active in IEEE and IEC, and within CIGRE he has participated in eight completed Working Groups, four of which as Convenor, and is the Convenor of the new WG C4.63 on harmonic standards. He received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award in 2014. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a Member of the IET and a Distinguished Member of CIGRE.

Smart Cities

Smart Cities – A Collaborative event with CIGRE Germany

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Smart Cities

A Collaborative event with CIGRE Germany 

Wednesday 21st April, 14:00 – 16:00 BST

Online event – Free to attend


About this event

More than half of the World’s population resides in Cities, making them critical to the prosperity of any nation. Cities need to play their part in embracing the challenge of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. With this comes the opportunity to develop strategies for emission-free transportation, the integration and management of sources of renewable energy, new methods of heating, and digital infrastructure to support this evolution.

This event, kindly sponsored by CIGRE Collective Members Mott MacDonald and WSP, brings together subject matter experts from across Europe to explore how a future energy distribution system will need to evolve to support the transition to a Smart City.




14:00 – 14:05 – Welcome and Introduction | Dr. Biljana Stojkovska, National Grid ESO, Chair of CIGRE UK Women’s Network & Christine Schwaegerl, Chair of CIGRE Study Committee C6 (Active Distribution Systems & Distributed Energy Resources)

14:05 – 14:15 – Keynote from CIGRE UK and Germany | Frank Golletz, 50 Hz, Chair of CIGRE Germany & Adam Middleton, Siemens, Chair of CIGRE UK

14:15 – 14:35 – Results of CIGRE Working Group C1/C4 36. Key Findings and Trends on Smart Grids in Metropolitan Area and Large Cities Power Systems | Stanislav Utts, Russia, Co-Convener of CIGRE Working Group C1.C4.36

14:35 – 14:50 – Tools and Techniques for Smart City Network Analysis | Anna Ferguson, Power Systems Director, WSP

14:50 – 15:05 – Network integration of electric mobility | Eric Junge, Netze BW, Germany

15:05 – 15:20 – Smart City Berlin | Thomas Schäfer, CEO Strometz Berlin, Germany

15:20 – 15:35 – The Path to Zero Carbon Heat and the Impact on GB Electrical Systems – Douglas Ramsay, Principal Electrical Engineer, Mott MacDonald

15:35 – 15:55 – Panel Discussion – Questions and Answers | All speaks + Monica Donlson Valan & Monica Crosa di Vergangni, Mott MacDonald

15:55 – 16:00 – Closing Remarks


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Thank you to our event sponsors 

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Smart cities speakers


Biljana Stojkovska

Bio: National Grid ESO Innovation Technical Manager Dr. Biljana Stojkovska is an esteemed figure in the energy revolution with one of the most transformational projects that the energy industry has seen. The project is called Power Potential and Dr. Stojkovska is leading a multidisciplinary team that is pioneering a whole system approach to connect additional renewable energy in a new regional reactive power market trial. This trial is expected to improve interaction between National Grid’s Electricity System Operator, regional electricity distributors and renewable energy generators connected to the distribution system to create a cost-effective new revenue stream for embedded generators and give greater robustness to the power system.

She is also Technical Manager for Offshore Coordination working on strategic development of the offshore network with overall aim to achieve the most economic and efficient network solution for end consumers in order to meet government green future objectives.

Biljana is a Charted engineer and Fellow of the IET. Skilled communicator, experienced in presenting at international conferences, collaborating across multiple sectors and government regulatory bodies. Founder and chair of CIGRE UK Women’s Network of highly respected international council for large electric systems CIGRE UK.


Christine Schwaegeri

Bio: Professor Dr.-Ing. Christine Schwaegerl received her PhD from Dresden Technical University, Germany, in 2000. In 2000 she joined Siemens AG as a consultant with Siemens Power Technologies International, being responsible for several national and European research and development activities in distribution networks. Since 2011 she has held the role of full professor at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. Christine currently is also chair of CIGRE SC C6 Active Distribution Systems and Distributed Energy Resources.


Frank Golletz

Bio: Dr. Frank Golletz holds the of ce of Chief Technical Of cer at 50Hertz since 2011. His responsibilities include the company‘s asset management as well the operation, optimisation, reinforcement and expansion of the grid and the technology in the onshore and offshore substations.

As Chief Technical Of cer, Frank Golletz is committed to a sustainable energy transition coupled with a high level of technical reliability and the security of supply.

A particular concern of his is safety at the workplace both when it comes to 50Hertz employees as well as for workers of contracted companies.

In the coming years, 50Hertz will make considerable in- vestments in the grid infrastructure. For this, it requires public acceptance. To limit the impact on humans and the environment, 50Hertz implements extensive public participation procedures in the affected regions even beyond the scope of what is required by law.

Frank Golletz studied electrical engineering at the Institute of Electrical Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering of the Technical University of Dresden, where he obtained his doctorate in 1989. In 1990 he joined Verbundnetz AG (later: Vereinigte Energiewerke AG) and soon after he led the substation section for the Dresden grid operations, the Saxony-Anhalt grid operations in Bad Lauchstädt and, from 2002 to 2011, acted as proxy for the Assets/Grid Projects department of Vattenfall Europe Transmission GmbH (now 50Hertz Transmission GmbH). In 2011, Frank Golletz was ap- pointed Chief Technical Of cer (CTO) of 50Hertz and also acted as interim CEO in 2019.


Adam Middleton

Bio: Starting in April 2019, Adam took over as Senior Vice President of the new Gas and Power Operating Company of Siemens in the Netherlands, integrating eight business units in anticipation of the flotation of the Gas and Power company in September 2020. He transitioned from Managing Director, Gas and Power to become the CEO of the newly formed Siemens Energy company in The Netherlands from March 2020.

Prior to this, Adam led the Energy Management activities of Siemens in Belgium, France and French-speaking Africa. Adam led Laing O’Rourke’s Power and Energy activities, including development of its position within the nuclear generation segment. Adam was a member of the UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Nuclear Industry Council and led the work on cost reduction in the design and construction of new nuclear power generation infrastructure. Prior to this, Adam has held a number of global executive management positions within the Power, Energy and Oil & Gas segments with major corporations including General Electric (GE), ALSTOM, AREVA and CG Holdings, based in Europe and North America.

Adam is a member of CIGRE and sits on its International Administrative Council. Adam holds the role of Chair of CIGRE UK (2016-2020) and sits on the Conseil D’Administration of CIGRE National Committee France (CNF). His particular focus has been around the development of young engineers within the electrical supply industry with the creation of the CIGRE Next Generation Network (NGN) in 2007, and the creation and support of the CIGRE Women In Engineering/Women’s Network in 2016 for the attraction and active development of a more diverse population within the industry.


Stanislav Utts

Bio: Graduated from Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI) (Technical University) in 2009. Lead Engineer System Operator of the United Power System. More than 10 years of power system development experience.

CIGRE member since 2012. IEEE member since 2013. CIGRE SC C1 member since 2019. JWG C4.C6.35/CIRED member, WG C1.15 member, GO-15 WG member. More than 15 publications.


Anna Ferguson

Bio: Anna Ferguson is the Power Systems Director with WSP, leading the Power Systems and Energy Strategy Consulting teams, which have grown significantly during her 3 years with the company. She brings a range of knowledge and experience including electricity regulation, power system economics, experience in supporting a range of generation developers and project management. She also has previous experience in power systems studies for both network operators and generation developers. Prior to joining WSP Anna has held roles as Head of Power Networks with Atkins, where she led the UK Power Networks team, and was a Director with TNEI.

Anna has a background in strategy consulting which was gained when she worked in her earlier career as a Management Consultant for a London consultancy. She now applies the principles gained working for major global clients within the Energy industry. She also has a strong academic background and was a member of the teaching staff at Bath University for the MSc in Electrical Power Systems for five years. Anna is a Fellow of the IET (FIET) and a Chartered Engineer.


Eric Junge

Bio: Mr. M. Eng. Eric Junge recieved his degree in “Electrical energy systems and E-Mobility” from the technical university Ulm, Germany, in 2015. In 2015 he joined Netze BW, a Distribution System Operator in located in South-West Germany, as an Smart Grid Engineer at the department of technical innovation and digitalization. Since 2017 he is the representative Leader of the project “Grid integration of E-Mobility” and responsible to transform the grid for future needs of electric vehicles. Currently he is also chairman of BDEW PG (project group) E-mobility and electric grid.


Thomas Schäfer

Bio: Studied electrical engineering at the Zittau Technical University 1989 Degree in Electrical Engineering / Electrical Power Supply. From 1991 to 2008 work in operation and system management of German transmission network operators. Since 2009 responsible for the technical functions of asset management, network management and customer management within the distribution network operator of the city of Berlin. Since July 2015 Chairman of the Management Board of Stromnetz Berlin GmbH and Vattenfall Vice President of Business Unit Distribution Germany.


Douglas Ramsay

Bio: Chartered engineer with fourteen years’ professional experience. Technical focus on innovation in electrical transmission and distribution. Acted as a lead engineer and project manager, controlling project deliverables.


Monica Donldson-Balan

Bio: Architect and sustainability consultant with multi-disciplinary experience in managing and delivering large scale projects with multiple stakeholders with a focus on integrating energy efficiency measures and low carbon heat systems in the design process. Experienced at engaging with multiple stakeholders to develop energy strategies for heat and power across different design stages, at building, site and regional scales covering aspects such as detailed performance design and existing energy infrastructure constraints.


Monica Crosa di Vergagni

Bio: PhD in Science and Technology in Electrical Engineering. Research topics focused on power systems modelling and simulation, optimal power flow algorithms, the integration of renewable resources and storage devices and the analysis of load control strategies for the participation to Demand Response programs and the provision of regulation services


Researchers from UK & Italy share their research on Resiliency of Grid

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Dr Luigi Calcara, member of CIGRE Italy NGN, Assistant Professor of Power Systems at University “La Sapienza” and Dr Alejandro Martínez Ceseña (Alex), academic fellow in multi-energy systems at The University of Manchester, shared their research outcomes on Resiliency of Grid through an online webinar on 19th March 2021. The event is attended by Mr Marco Forteleoni, Chair of CIGRE Italy NGN and Dr. Ying Xue, Chair of CIGRE UK NGN. There were over 130 people attending the event.

The webinar is organised by the CIGRE UK & Italy NGN, Chaired by Dr Andrea Mazza, Member of CIGRE Italy NGN, Assistant Professor of Power Systems at Politecnico di Torino, and hosted by the CIGRE Central Office’s GoToWebinar platform.


At the start of the event, Marco provided an opening remark and welcomed all the attendees.


Andrea gave an introduction to the Italy NGN including its formation, current projects and recent events.


Ying then gave an introduction to the UK NGN, highlighting its past events, young member showcase and mentoring scheme.


Luigi first explained the key definitions of power system resilience and highlighted initiatives taken by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (ARERA) on improving network resilience. He then introduced in detail the impacts of heat waves on MV underground cables and highlighted various methods that can be taken to improve the resiliency.


Alex started off his presentation by explaining the increasing levels of uncertainty coming from distributed energy resources and extreme weather events. He then introduced various methods in assessing system resilience and highlighted the definition of resilience by CIGRE WG C4.47. Finally, he explains the techno-economic modelling in particular for High-Impact Low-Probability (HILP) events and discussed potential investment options to improve network resilience.

During the final round table discussion, the two presenters took a number of questions such as the definition of flexibility, impact of high fault currents and longer short-circuit events on resilience and who should decide and pay for network resilience.

Watch the recording here:


Impact of COVID-19 on Electrical Power Systems, joint webinar organised by CIGRE NGN United Kingdom and NGN Netherlands

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Impact of COVID-19 on Electrical Power Systems

Joint webinar organized by CIGRE NGN United Kingdom and NGN Netherlands

The Next Generation Network (NGN) seeks to facilitate a successful transition into the power systems industry for early-career professionals and students by providing technical resources and networking opportunities for personal and technical development.

CIGRE NGN UK and CIGRE NGN Netherlands would like to invite you to a webinar where top speakers will present current research activities regarding the types of developments and investments needed in future electrical grids, driven by the recent global pandemic events.

Date and Time: 29th March 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 (BST), 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST)
Platform: CIGRE WebEx
14:00 – 14:10 (BST)         Introduction of CIGRE NGN UK
14:10 – 14:40                Speech I by Matthias Noebels & Mathaios Panteli
14:40 – 14:50                Introduction of CIGRE NGN NL
14:50 – 15:20                Speech II by Jan Vorrink
15:20 – 15:30                Round table discussion


Speech I – Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Resilient Are We?

The Covid-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to our power networks, making us rethink and re-evaluate our understanding of power grid resilience. In this talk, Matthias Noebels and Mathaios Panteli will share their experiences on understanding, defining and assessing power grid resilience, highlighting the need to consider organisational resilience during unexpected events like pandemics. They will also present a data-driven resilience assessment of the UK electricity network during the Covid-19 pandemic using publicly available outage data from UK distribution network operators, shedding light on how resilient we really are to cope with severe network stresses and shocks.

Matthias NoebelsMatthias Noebels received the M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 2015. He is currently in his final year of his Ph.D. degree at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks at The University of Manchester. His expertise lies in resilience analysis of power networks as well as developing strategies that can enhance resilience in case of natural hazards such as extreme weather.


Mathaios PanteliMathaios Panteli received the M.Eng. degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical power engineering from The University of Manchester, U.K., in 2013. He was a Lecturer in Resilient, Low-Carbon Energy Systems at The University of Manchester until Dec. 2020, before moving to University of Cyprus as an Assistant Professor in Jan. 2021. Mathaios is an IEEE Senior Member, an IET Chartered Engineer (CEng), the co-chair of the CIGRE WG C4.47 “Power System Resilience” and an active member of multiple IEEE working groups. He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Newton Prize.


Speech II – Impact of COVID on electrical power system and the organisation of TenneT

The COVID-19 Pandemic had several significant effects on the Electrical Power system and the TSO in Europe. The presentation will give an overview of these effects and the mitigating measures that the TSO’s applied. It will explain the organisational measures and the coordination between the TSO’s and within the TSO.

Jan VorrinkJan Vorrink is the head of the Control Centres Netherlands of TenneT TSO BV which is the Dutch Transmission System Operator. Mr. Vorrink has graduated as a Master in Business Administration and is an Engineer. He is working for Ten-neT since 2002 as a Manager in several departments. The activities of his de-partment include the operational Planning processes, Realtime processes and the balancing and settlement processes.



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For Inquiries:      Ying Xue,


CIGRE Session Paris 2022

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CIGRE Paris Session 2022 is planned to take place from the 28th August to 2nd September 2022 and the date of the submission of final papers to CIGRE Central Office is the 24th January 2022.  A guidance presentation including all of the dates required by the CIGRE UK Session Papers Committee can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:-–HRlYaYbJsidX7NJbj-JuMHW-PUi-bB/view?usp=sharing

Please note that the date for submitting your synopsis is the 4th of April 2021.

John Finn
CIGRE UK Secretary
Engineering Consultant
Tel: 07584639414

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Update on Paris Session

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CIGRE’s Centennial Session WILL proceed in 2021 from the 20th to the 25th of August.

– Whether its format is hybrid (in-person plus virtual) or an e-session only is dependent on French Government responses to the pandemic.
– It is hoped that French Government policy linked to the status of the pandemic in France and elsewhere will permit a hybrid Session to proceed. Should this prove not to be the case an exclusively online e-session will still proceed.

A decision about the Session format will be announced in line with the French Government’s responses to the pandemic. Since we are not in control of the timing, we have developed a flexible approach to registration. We hope the decision will be forthcoming in April or May.

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Invitation to IWD event 8th March 2021

International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day 2021 – Inspiring our future leaders

CIGRE UK is pleased to support this TNEI webinar which celebrates the achievements of women in engineering and aims to inspire our future female leaders.  Join an insights session where Stephanie Hay, Dearbhla O’Brien, and Zoë Lincoln will participate in a panel session looking at their engineering career journeys so far and sharing advice with our future female industry leaders.

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – April 2021

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Cybersecurity and resilience in power system substations

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 14th April 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30


Cyberattacks to infrastructure systems motivated National Grid and the University of Manchester to seek solutions, techniques and devices that could become part of comprehensive defence systems. Two projects: Cyber Resilient Electrical Substation Technology (CREST) and Cyber Security for Legacy Equipment (CSLE) are currently in motion to investigate this topic. The university houses a laboratory with protection and control devices from multiple vendors, mimicking the secondary systems of a National Grid substation. These protection and control devices are connected to a real time simulated power system. The laboratory provided a realistic scenario to evaluate defence strategies in a multi-vendor environment without risking disrupting power delivery to the population.

These projects explored the literature from basic concepts like encryption and message signing to new developments (from both academia and industry) and investigated the applicability of many solutions in a practical environment. Many tests were conducted: attack scenarios, intrusion detection systems (IDS), software defined networks (SDN), networks with enhanced security features amongst other technologies. The projects identified how to improve security with currently available technologies and mapped topics to be explored in the future.


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Speaker Profile

Dr Daniel Texidor Dantas


Dr Daniel Texidor Dantas is a post-doctoral research associated at the University of Manchester carrying out the research around the CREST project. He received his  PhD from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Before returning to the academia, he worked as a protection and control engineer for 5 years since his graduation as an electrical engineer from the University of Brasília, Brazil.





This Webinar series is kindly sponsored by Burns & McDonnell



Study Committee B1: The implementation of long AC HV and EHV cable systems Webinar

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The implementation of long AC HV and EHV cable systems

Thursday 4th March 2021 | 11:30 pm – 12:45 pm (GMT)

EHV underground cable systems have been available for a long time, but their development has been limited by large capacitance and dielectric losses as well as a relatively low current rating compared to Overhead Lines.

The difficulties in installing new Overhead Lines are making it essential to consider the use of longer underground cable links, as demonstrated by the increasing numbers of long AC cable projects. The Technical Brochure TB 680 covers most aspects of the implementation of long AC cable lengths both ground and submarine cables.

This CIGRE global webinar is presented by Fabien Renaudin and Volker Werle, members of CIGRE Working Group B1.47, “Implementation of long AC HV and EHV cable systems”, also published as Technical Brochure TB 680 (available from

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