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Transformer Reliability Webinar – CIGRE Australia | 18th, 20th & 26th May

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CIGRE Australia if offering an online transformer reliability webinar / workshop. The workshop will be held over 3 different days, with sessions of approximately 2-3 hrs each. The format of session  one and two will be a mix of tutorial and presentations,   whilst session 3 will be a live panel feedback and question session.

 

Tuesday 18 May   9am – 12pm (AEST)
A mix of tutorial and presentations.

Thursday 20 May   9am – 12pm (AEST)
A mix of tutorial and presentations

Wednesday 26 May  10am – 1200 AEST
A panel Session

Speakers from all presentations will be available live online to take Questions (via an online chat facility).  Questions for the panel session will be able to lodged beforehand or via the online chat facility on the day.

 

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Program

please CLICK HERE to download the program for each of the three planned sessions

Pricing

Member (CIGRE) – $120
Non Member – $150
NGN (CIGRE Young Engineer Member) – $50

All prices are quotes in $AUD
Price includes access to the webinar for all three sessions plus access to a link to download the presentations and the recording of the session.

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – June

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Capabilities and Requirements Definition for Power Electronics Based Technology for Secure and Efficient System Operation and Control

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 9th June 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

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The proliferation and integration of Power Electronic Interfaced Devices (PEID), such as HVDC and STATCOM, is vital to the energy transition. The make as success of PEID’s both System Operators and Technology providers need to develop roadmaps to manage risks and maximise the value of such technologies. This brochure brings together the operational challenges and technology features and brings together best practises and learnings form a number of stakeholders.

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Speakers Profile

 

Dr Christopher Smith

Chris SmithDr. Christopher Smith is a professional engineer with more than 20 years’ experience of capital projects and innovative technology development in the Transmission, Energy (Traditional & renewable), and FMCG industries. This experience has been gained throughout the complete project lifecycle, globally with customers, suppliers, and partners. Chris has led multi-disciplinary engineering teams, often geographically dispersed to deliver projects. At present he is Asset Strategy & Safety Manager for National Grid Ventures Interconnectors covering IFA, IFA2, NSL and Viking Link.

 

 

Dr. Yunjie Gu

Dr. Yunjie GuDr. Yunjie Gu is a Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath and an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London. Prior to joining the University of Bath, he was a Research Fellow at Imperial College London sponsored by UKRI Innovation Fellowship. His personal research focuses on the theoretical methods and computational tools for dynamic analysis of power-electronic-based renewable power systems, and grid supportive technologies to enhance whole-system stability.

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C1 Liaison Meeting

CIGRE UK C1 Liaison Meeting – 29th June

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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 C1 (Power Systems Development & Economics) led by UK Regular Member Charlotte Higgins. 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.

Joining the meeting

Simply register from via the link below and you will be sent an email confirmation that will include the details of the CISCO WebEx login. Please keep this safe as you will need this on the day of the meeting.

 

 

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C1 Study Committee Mission, Technology & Scope

C1Mission

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

Scope

The scope of Study Committee C1 is to study Economics and system analysis methods for the development of power systems: methods and tools for steady state and dynamic analysis, planning issues and methods in various contexts, asset management strategies, in order to support electricity system planners worldwide to anticipate and successfully manage system changes to address the arising needs, opportunities and uncertainties while respecting multiple constraints.

 

Areas of attention include:-

System planning

  • Utilization of methods and tools for power system steady state and dynamic analysis in system planning and economic analyses.
  • Planning predicaments and methods in competitive and regulatory structures and with stakeholder involvement for public acceptance. Progress and new approaches in application of power system planning criteria and reliability (security, adequacy, resilience) assessment.
  • Capacity enhancement by use of risk-based security assessment and advanced information, communication and power-electronics technology for improving system stability and dynamic performance.
  • Future dependence, requirements and economy of ancillary services for frequency and voltage control and other system needs (grid codes).
  • System planning issues in newly industrialised and developing countries including metropolitan areas.

Asset management

  • Asset management strategies applied across a range of power system assets for the definition of optimal policies using e.g. total life cycle cost of ownership.

Business management

    • Impact on system development of new solutions and technologies in fields such as generation, demand side management (DSM), energy storage, “smart” and evolving distribution systems.
    • The impact of pricing and tariff methods for transmission services on system development and project priorities in the context of market design and grid ownership structures.

Interconnections – horizontal, vertical

  • Planning issues related to long distance transmission and international interconnections.
  • Interface and allocation issues in transmission and distribution planning, and delivery of multi-party/cross-jurisdiction projects.

 

Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 – Welcome from C1 UK regular member

10:05 – 10:35 – Guest speaker Graeme Hawker & soon to be advised

10:35 – 11:05 – Panel session on Net Zero and Network resilience – facilitated by John Wilson (NGET) with Bless Kuri (SHE-T), Laura Kane (SGS), Graeme Hawker (Uni Strathclyde) and soon to be advised

11:05 – 11:15 – Coffee break

11:15 – 12:15 – C1 technical working group updates

12:15 -12:25 – C1 study committee updates

12:25 – 12:35 – Coffee break

12:35 – 12:55 – Selected C1 technical papers from Paris 2020 E-Session

12:55 -13:00 – Proposals for future C1 activities

13:00 – 13:05 – Closing Remarks

Jicable HVDC'21

Jicable HVDC’21 International Symposium on HVDC Cable Systems

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Jicable HVDC’21 organizes a Young Researchers Contest

“NGN Members active in the UK B1 community who have an interest in HVDC cable systems should note that the Jicable HVDC 2021 Conference has just released a call for submissions to the Young Researcher Contest.

Historically, a value of Jicable is to motivate and promote research on HVDC cable systems. The Organization Committee of HVDC’21 has set up the Young Researchers Contest to encourage the participation of students and young researchers.

Full-time engineering and science university researchers and Ph.D. students are all invited to submit abstracts of their research work. The topic of the abstract must fall within one of the program categories listed below. Students and researchers whose abstracts are selected will be invited to present their papers and answer questions at HVDC’21
There are cash prizes for the best 3 submissions, see details below.  This is the third edition of the conference, and there have been UK prize winners in the past.

For more background information please follow the links below or reach out to our B1 Regular Member Dr James Pilgrim (japil@orsted.co.uk)”

Call for Papers Submit your papers

Topics for the Young Researchers Contest

1. New materials for HVDC cable systems and converter devices
2. Materials (cables and accessories) characterization (electric, physical and chemical)3. Physical phenomena associated with interfaces
4. Space charge measurements (interfaces and materials)
5. Ageing and reliability
6. Simulation and digital models
7. Transient overvoltage (TOV) studies and models
8. Static and dynamic mechanical studies on cable systems
9. Emerging HVDC fully insulated transmission systems.

 

Conference Website

 

 

Papers will be reviewed by a jury during the symposium.
The authors of the three best Papers / Posters will receive prizes respectively of:

First prize €1,500     Second prize €1,000     Third prize €500

 

Young Researchers Contest: Important dates

  • Submission for abstracts: May 1st
  • Notification of acceptance: June 1st
  • Submission for full papers: October 1st
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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – May 2021

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CLASS – How Customers can Resolve System Challenges 

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 12th May 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

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CLASS is a grid scale deployment of an award winning innovation that shows how demand response can be harnessed by network operators to manage a host of system issues such as emergency frequency management and grid voltage challenges. CLASS is both proven commercially and at scale to be effective at lower costs than other solutions.

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Speaker Profile

Steve Cox, Engineering and Technical Director

Steve CoxSteve is leading a team who is pioneering the way in which electricity is made, used and stored as the energy industry undergoes a huge transformation and ENWL leads the North West (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria) to Net Zero and transitions from a Distribution Network Operator to a Distribution Systems Operation. Steve has over 30 years’ experience across the electricity supply industry in safety, commercial management, asset management, regulation, operations, training and development. Eight years of this was within a multi-industry utility. He has managed teams of over 400 employees across all aspects of distribution engineering and has a proven track record of successful programme management of major capital and IT investment projects. Steve chairs the Distribution Code Panel and is a member of the Grid Code Review Panel, he has also recently been appointed to the board at Pro Manchester who are the largest business development organisation in the North West, supporting growth and development. Steve is leading Electricity North West’s innovation, strategic planning and policy activities and has overall responsibility for its safety programmes..

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Webinar

CIGRE B4.70 Global Webinar |4th May 2:00 – 3:30pm BST

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Guide for Electromagnetic Transient Studies Involving VSC Converters

Tuesday 4th May 2021 | 2:00 – 3-30pm BST

 

The objective of the webinar is to present the TB written by CIGRE B4-70 WG. This TB aims to provide comprehensive, documented, and validated descriptions of transients and associated ElectroMagnetic Transient (EMT) models and studies for VSC-HVDC converters. The objective of the TB is to explain what type of EMT studies shall be performed in the life cycle of VSC converters. It includes a large collection of typical transients which can occur in a VSC-HVDC converter station. It is intended for engineers performing and analysing dynamic performance studies, control and protection factory tests, and post fault records.


The scope of the technical brochure has been restricted to point-to-point VSC-HVDC systems with MMC topology in symmetrical monopolar configurations as they are currently the most frequent application of VSC-HVDC systems. Even though DC overhead lines, HVDC connection of wind farms, and multi-terminal/DC grids are outside the scope of this technical brochure, recommendations of the technical brochure can be slightly adjusted to be applied to these topologies. All simulations and analyses shown in the technical brochure are done with EMT simulation tools.

Panelists

  • Eduardo Prieto-Araujo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC))
  • Sumek Elimban (RTDS Technologies, CANADA)
  • Torsten Priebe (SIEMENS Energy, Germany)
  • Pierre Rault (RTE, France)
  • Hani Saad (RTE, France)
  • Sébastien Dennetière (RTE, France)

 

This events are part of the CIGRE’s global webinar programme. If you are interested to attend, then please register for the webinar by clicking the link below.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1484001362601817870 

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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.

 

Scope

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.

 

Agenda

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 

Speakers


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

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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.

 

Agenda

 

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 Donldson-Balan & Monica Crosa di Vergagni, Mott MacDonald

15:55 – 16:00 – Closing Remarks

 

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Thank you to our event sponsors 

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Speakers

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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 www.e-cigre.org).

To register for this webinar click on the link below:

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CIGRE UK NGN Young Members Showcase – The Winners

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The NGN Committee of CIGRE UK hosted an online presentation competition on 5th February 2021 to select the best UK young professionals to present at the upcoming CIGRE Centennial Paris Session in August 2021. The Paris Session includes a Young Member (YM) showcase for young professionals to present their contributions to CIGRE’s domains of work before an audience of leading experts from all around the world.

The NGN steering committee assessed abstracts and invited seven candidates to present their work at the presentation competition. Each presentation was judged by a panel of four senior CIGRE UK members, including Dr. Diptargha Chakravorty, Dr. Qiteng Hong, John Wright, and Dr. Konstantinos Kopsidas. Winners of the competition were nominated to attend the 2021 Centennial Paris Session and receive free tickets and a bursary towards travel if approved by the international CIGRE NGN committee.

The CIGRE UK NGN committee is delighted to announce the four winning candidates are:

 

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Harry Evans, graduate electrical engineer at GHD, for their presentation entitled “Boston Spa Energy Efficiency Trial.”

Bio: Harry is a consultant electrical engineer working within GHD’s Energy team. During his time at the company, he has worked on a range of projects covering: SMART grid design of distribution networks; power systems modelling of generation connections; and he has co-authored a review into emerging transmission technologies. Harry has gained experience outside of his role at GHD in the development of fault level calculation code for application in offshore wind farm design software, and a continuing role as a contributing member to CIGRE WG B4.89.

Synopsis:What if a relatively small change at a substation level could reduce the regions carbon emissions and shrink customer bills? NPGs voltage optimisation trial in the town of Boston Spa is hoping to achieve just that. This presentation covers the initial stages of the project, which investigated static optimisation of substation voltages, and how customer smart meter data can be used to monitor and control the network more efficiently.

 

Rui Jing1Dr. Rui Jing, research associate at Cardiff University, for their presentation entitled “Planning extreme weather resilient urban energy systems.”

Bio:Dr. Rui Jing is a Research Associate in Cardiff University working with Prof. Nick Jenkins and Prof. Jianzhong Wu. His research focuses on multi-energy system modelling, urban energy transition, climate resilience energy systems, and energy-related nexus research. He got a Ph.D. from Xiamen University, China in 2019. He also has visiting experience in Imperial College London (2018-2019), research experience in the Chinese Academy of Science (2019-2020), and industry experience in energy auditing consultancy (2013-2015). So far, he has more than 20 journal publications, and the H-index is 11. He is also active in academic activities, e.g. acting as session chair for international conferences and serving as reviewers for more than 10 journals. He was recognized for several best paper awards and several outstanding reviewer awards.

Synopsis:Global climate change leads to more frequent and intense extreme weather events, such as typhoons, heatwaves, and rainstorms, which has posed serious risks for urban energy systems. Without preparation for such risks, the city administrators can only hope the next extreme weather event would not trigger a sudden blackout. Therefore, we propose an original planning model to design a ‘climate-resilient’ urban energy system and bridge the gap of addressing extreme weathers during energy system planning. The case study reveals that by investing an acceptable extra 3-5% could help design  a  ‘climate-resilient’ urban energy system.

 

Caleb Waler1Caleb Walker, graduate engineer at Scottish Power, for their presentation entitled “Accurate Prediction of Transformer Residual Life.”

Bio: Having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a First BEng in Electrical Power Engineering in 2020, I am currently employed as a graduate engineer with SP Energy Networks.

Synopsis: The ageing process of power transformers is a complex mechanism, which means condition and health assessment of these critical assets is a challenging task. While transformers are in-service, obtaining insulating paper samples from the windings for direct analysis cannot easily be achieved, meaning the only practical way of assessing the state of degradation of the paper insulation is through prediction models. A new prediction method is currently being developed using Post-Mortem reports to give a more accurate estimate of the remaining useful life of transformers compared to existing methods, thus avoiding costly interventions or replacement of these high value assets.

 

Shuren WangDr. Shuren Wang, research associate at the University of Strathclyde, for their presentation entitled “A T-Type Modular Multilevel Converter (T-MMC) to Improve System Security.”

Bio: Shuren Wang is a researcher of the Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department at University of Strathclyde. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. (Distinguished) degrees from Yangzhou University, China, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Strathclyde, U.K.. His current research interests include power conversion, power electronics, MVDC, HVDC, and energy storage systems.

Synopsis: Power electronic converters are enabling massive integration of renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, system security and fault resiliency are increasingly concerned. A T-Type Modular Multilevel Converter (T-MMC) using state-of-the-art power electronic technology will be presented for bulk ac-dc power conversion applications. The salient features of the proposed T-MMC include: (1) resiliency against ac and dc faults; (2) effective ac grid support; (3) high operation efficiency; (4) flexible and efficient energy storage integration; (5) uninterruptable power flow during faults with the integrated energy storage.

 

Keep an eye out as we are due to hear back about the success of the nominated candidates in the coming months.

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – March 2021

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Are Electricity Substations Ready for Net-Zero

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 10th March 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

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This presentation will focus on the range of substation specific challenges facing utilities and engineers in developing energy networks fit to support a net zero carbon economy. This will consider transmission and distribution systems and the range of opportunities to address external drivers around system access, technology evolution, engineering resource and smarter operations.

 

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Dr Mark Osborne

Mark OsborneDr. Mark Osborne is a Chartered Engineer and joined National Grid in 1997. He works in Electricity Transmission in the Engineering and Asset Management sector. Key activities include substation life-cycle design and development to incorporate new concepts in technology to meet the challenges facing the Electricity supply industry. He is active in the CIGRE B3 Substations Study Committee as a Strategic Advisory Group member, Special Reporter and UK Regular Member.

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CIGRE UK C4 Liaison Meeting

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This CIGRE UK Study Committee C4 Technical Event held in conjunction with the C4 Liaison Meeting aims to bring together experts from industry and academia to present certain issues and discuss developments towards facilitating the integration of renewable energy and the transformation of the power system into a future converter dominated grid.

The purpose of the SC C4 Liaison Meeting is to provide a high-level overview of the ongoing activities in CIGRE related to C4 (Power System Technical Performance) led by UK Regular Member, Spyros Karamitsos. Technical Brochures published in the last year will be highlighted, along with a status update on the active SC C4 Working Groups where the UK has an interest. You will also hear about the latest work items approved by the C4 Study Committee during the Paris e-session and possible work items that could be proposed in the future.

Joining the meeting

Simply register from this page and you will be sent an email confirmation that will include the details of the CISCO WebEx login. Please keep this safe as you will need this on the day of the meeting.

 

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C4 Liaison Meeting Agenda

 

 

C4 Study Committee Mission, Technology & Scope

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Within its technical field of activity, Study Committee C4 deals with methods and tools for analysis related to power systems, with particular reference to dynamic and transient conditions and the interaction between the power system and its apparatus/subsystems (including external causes of stress and other installations). Specific issues related to the design and manufacturing of components and apparatus are not in the scopes of SC C4, as well as those specifically related to planning, operation and control, apart from those cases in which a component, apparatus, or subsystem behaviour depends on, or significantly interacts with, the performance of the nearby power system.

 

 

Within this framework, specific areas of attention include:

  • Power Quality Performance: Continuity of end-to-end electric power supply and voltage waveform quality (magnitude, frequency, symmetry). Analysis covers emission assessments from disturbing installations, measurement and simulation methods, identification of quality indices, monitoring techniques, immunity of sensitive installations, and mitigation techniques taking into account a co-ordinated approach across all voltage levels.
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC): High-frequency disturbances on the end-to-end electricity supply and all disturbances (HF or LF) reaching equipment other than through the electricity supply. Studies include measurement and simulation methods. Health effects related to low frequency EMF are however excluded.
  • Power System Dynamics: Development of advanced tools and new analytical techniques for assessment of power system dynamic/transient performance, security, design of controls and modelling of existing and new equipment, real-time stability evaluation and control.
  • Lightning: Analysis of lightning characteristics and interactions of lightning with electric power systems and equipment, including protection in MV and LV networks against lightning, and their standardisation.
  • Insulation Co-ordination: Methods and tools for insulation co-ordination and electro-magnetic transient analysis in electric power systems and equipment, contributing to optimisation of their cost and reliability.

 

Regular Member

Spyros KaramitsosSpyros Karamitsos (MEng, MSc, PhD) is Senior Electrical Engineer at Scottish Power Renewables – Iberdrola, currently working on the East Anglia Hub (EAH) – Offshore Windfarm (OWF), responsible for the Main Electrical Equipment (MEQ) and performance of the HVDC Substations. He has also commenced his term as the C4 Regular Member for the UK with effect from the 2020 Study Committee C4 meeting.

Spyros holds an M.Eng. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering for Sustainable and Renewable Energy from the University of Nottingham, and a PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde.

He has over seven years of professional experience in the area of power and control systems modelling, studies and analysis, working as Power Systems Engineer | Consultant at HVDC TECH and as an Industrial-Researcher at the University of Strathclyde. He has developed a track record of leading research and technical feasibility projects for network operators and equipment manufacturers and authored several scientific papers and technical reports on power system applications, contributing to CIGRE, IEEE and IET.

 

Speakers:

Prof. Dave Thomas is a Professor of Electromagnetics Applications in The George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research, The University of Nottingham UK. His research interests are in electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic simulation, power system transients and power system protection. He is a member of CIGRE and convenor for Joint Working Group C4.31 “EMC between communication circuits and power systems”, Chair of COST Action IC 1407 “Advanced Characterisation and Classification of Radiated Emissions in Densely Integrated Technologies (ACCREDIT)” a member of several conference committees the EMC Europe International Steering Committee. Vice chair IEEE Standards committee P2718 Guide for Near Field Characterization of Unintentional Stochastic Radiators.

 

Mathaios 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 December 2020, before moving to University of Cyprus as an Assistant Professor in January 2021. His main research interests include risk and resilience assessment of future low-carbon power systems, integration of uncertain renewable energy sources, including both grid-connected and off-grid, stand-alone electrification solutions, and integrated modelling of co-dependent critical infrastructures. Mathaios is an IEEE Senior Member, an IET Chartered Engineer (CEng), the co-chair of the CIGRE WG C4.47 “Power System Resilience”, an active member of multiple IEEE and CIGRE working groups and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He is also the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Newton Prize.

 

Afshin Pashaei: Power System Expert, Network Development, National Grid UK.

 

Cornel Brozio works in the Network Planning & Regulation section of SP Energy Networks. Cornel started his career in Eskom’s generation business before returning to the University of Stellenbosch for doctoral studies. He joined National Grid in 1999 and moved to SP Energy Networks in 2003, where he headed up a team responsible for a broad range of network analysis and simulation activities. Cornel has contributed to a range of transmission projects, including HVDC and series compensation schemes. Recently, he was part of the team that prepared the RIIO-T2 business plan for SP Transmission. Cornel is a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde and is member of the IET and the IEEE.

 

Dr. Paul Crolla is Senior Project Engineer at Scottish Power Renewables.

 

Dr. Isaac Gutierrez is Lead Electrical Engineer for Grid Integration matters at Scottish Power Renewables and has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. Dr. Gutierrez main areas of expertise include ensuring compliance of onshore and offshore windfarms, STATCOM design review, installation and site testing. Dr Gutierrez has been an active member of Grid Code working groups, including those on virtual synchronous machines and advanced modelling. Most recently Dr Gutierrez work has focused on enabling a windfarm to operate in grid forming mode and demonstrate the provision of black start services.

 

Benjamin Marshall – HVDC Technology Manager. As the HVDC Technical Manager, Ben oversees the team of Simulation Engineers undertaking detailed HVDC simulation studies in real-time using vendor-supplied replica hardware, to understand multi-infeed, multi-terminal and multi-vendor HVDC operation and interactions, for real schemes in GB; interpreting the results to gain insights to improve the design and operation of HVDC schemes.

Ben previously has had a 23 year long and varied career within National Grid with a broad range of experience, particularly with respect to the analysis of the operation and design of the AC and DC transmission systems. He has experience in both offline and realtime EMT simulation and in modelling of convertors across battery, solar wind and HVDC systems, He has developed deep technical skills relating to dynamic stability of power systems and the performance specification of HVDC convertors. Within the ESO, Ben advised on the specification, validation and modelling of new HVDC connections, supporting the compliance connection planning and requirements and provided technical leadership on AC and DC control systems, System Operability, Smart Grids and power system simulation; leading complex power system studies.

 

Brian Berry holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering and has over 12 years of Power Systems experience, both from a utility and vendor perspective. Most recently, his role as Power System Specialist at Reactive Technologies deals with influencing the design and strategy of the GridMetrix power system monitoring platform to meet customer expectations and provide insight into the fast-changing, modern grid. Previously, his role as Senior Power Systems Engineer at GE involved power system consulting globally with a particular focus on Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control using synchrophasor technology. The first 7 years in his career were spent working for Eskom, South Africa where he was the technical lead for the WAMS implementation in Eskom, and part of a team performing operational studies using simulation packages such as PSS/e and DIgSILENT Powerfactory to ensure the reliability of grid both dynamically and in steady state.

 

Daniel Gheorghe is a senior power systems engineer with experience in smart grids, power systems analysis and network design. His background includes academic research focused on the application of artificial intelligence techniques in power quality analysis with emphasis on power quality events identification and industrial experience as a power systems consultant. His career started at Smarter Grid Solutions UK where he has done extensive modelling of ANM to assess and improve the core methods as well as to evaluate and mitigate any impact they may have on power quality. As a consultant at TNEI and PSC, he has conducted numerous steady state, dynamic and harmonic simulations and has created a wide range of automations to solve complex power systems issues with flexible and innovative methods. He has undertaken extensive EMT modelling of converters and their means to remain synchronised to the grid via phase locked loop controls as well as grid stability studies in UK, North America, Australia and Irish transmission grids. More recently, at Reactive Technologies, he is mainly focused on modelling inertia measurement systems and developing methods to measure system strength.

 

Dr Ryan Tumilty previously worked in Academia and Power System Consultancy before joining SSEN in 2014. Ryan is currently SSENs System Performance Manager. Since joining SSEN Ryan has been instrumental in supporting and delivering a range of power system innovations.

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CIGRE UK NGN Young Members Showcase – finalists, presentations and Judging | Agenda Announced

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CIGRE UK NGN Young Members Showcase : finalists presentations and judging

Friday 5th February 2021 | 10:00 – 13:15

Online event – Free to attend

About this Event

The CIGRE UK NGN Young Member presentation competition provides an opportunity for early career electrical engineers to showcase their work to the wider CIGRE community. A panel of senior CIGRE members will judge which participants will be put forward to present at the 2021 CIGRE Centennial Session.

Delegates will gain insight into the exciting projects that the next generation of electrical engineers are working on and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A to find out more. As a delegate, you may also learn a thing or two about what makes presentations engaging and how to best adapt to the online format. So come along and show your support!

 

Agenda

10:00 – 10:05 Introduction – overview of CIGRE and NGN

10:05 – 10:10 Introduction – contestants and assessors

10:10 – 10:30 “Planning extreme weather resilient urban energy systems” – Rui Jing

10:30 – 10:50 “Active distribution network planning with distributed renewable energy resources considering contingency analysis” – Bilal Amjad

10:50 – 11:10 “Accurate prediction of transformer residual life” – Caleb Walker

11:10 – 11:20 Short intermission

11:20 – 11:40 “Boston spa energy efficiency trial (BEET)” – Harry Evans

11:40 – 12:00 “IoT-based demand side management of a renewable energy powered smart microgrid” – Mohamed Ahmed Numair

12:00 – 12:20 “A T-type modular multilevel converter (T-MMC) to improve system security” – Shuren Wang

12:20 – 12:40 “Three-phase OPF based demand response for managing unbalanced voltage under high renewable energy scenarios” – Jiabin Fan

12:40 – 13:00 Intermission / Final Assessment

13:00 – 13:15 Announcement of Winners and Closing

 

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Assessors

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Diptargha Chakravorty

Dr Diptargha Chakravorty is a Principal Consultant with TNEI Services. He is an electrical engineer with over 8 years of experience in the power industry, including a 4-year Ph.D. on system stability from Imperial College London. He is involved in several innovation projects in the UK and abroad and maintains a close collaboration with Imperial College. He takes an active interest in Cigre activities and is currently a member of C4.41 and B4.92 working groups.

Qiteng Hong

Dr Qiteng Hong is presently a Chancellor’s Fellow (Lecturer) in the at the University of Strathclyde in the UK. His research focus is on novel solutions for protection and control of future power systems with high penetrations of renewable energy sources. Dr Hong received his BEng (Hons) degree in EEE from Strathclyde and was the top graduate of the year in 2011. He received his PhD on power system protection also from Strathclyde in 2015. Dr Hong is a Regular Member in the CIGRE Working Group (WG) B5.50 and a member of IEEE WG P2004; he was the Technical Lead at the CIGRE UK Next Generation Network between 2016-2020 and occupied the position of Honorary Secretary for the IET Scotland South West Committee until 2018; he was also the main founder and led the Global Young Member Showcase in CIGRE Paris Sessions in 2016 and 2018.

John Wright

Since graduating from Staffordshire University with an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering I have worked in the Protection and Control Industry for nearly 30 years. I`m a Chartered Engineer and an IET & GE Fellow

During this period I have held positions such as, Principal Technical Applications and Commissioning Engineer supporting a global customer base, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Engineering & Service Manager, Commercial Key Account Manager and EHS Technical Safety Advisor.

I`m presently Regional Leader for Technical Applications Engineering and Product Growth for GE Grid Automation Business – for Europe, SSA and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Countries.

I have been involved in Cigre for over 15 years; at a technical working group level, supporting the UK Executive Committee, B5 Technical Panel Secretary and Special Reporter for Paris Session. I`m currently regular member for B5 in the UK and Chair of the UK B5 Technical Panel.

Konstantinos Kopsidas

Dr Konstantinos Kopsidas (MIET, CEng, SMIEE, FHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Power Engineering and the Director of the MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses on electrical power network component design aspects and operation strategies to improve networks’ resilience and flexibility. He is expert in the area of overhead lines and underground cables design modelling and reliability/security assessments and he is/has been actively involved with on several EPSRC, EU and industrial projects. He was/is the convener of CIGRE WG C4.25, member of the IEEE EMF Grid Codes TaskForce, and newly formed IEEE Metrics for Resilience TaskForce, a consultant for several national and international activities (UKPN, Mott Macdonald, Balfour Beatty, CEATI) and a member of advisory boards of EU projects (Grid4EU), Quality assurance organisations (H.Q.A.A.) and industry (ECOFYS). Dr Kopsidas has published more than 50 research papers and reports and has been delivering CPD courses and technical seminars in the area of overhead line design and modelling, and reliability assessments in industry and academia.

 

Contestants

Rui Jing – Planning Extreme Weather Resilient Urban Energy Systems

Rui Jing1Bio: Dr. Rui Jing is a Research Associate in Cardiff University working with Prof. Nick Jenkins and Prof. Jianzhong Wu. His research focuses on multi-energy system modelling, urban energy transition, climate resilience energy systems, and energy-related nexus research. He got a Ph.D. from Xiamen University, China in 2019. He also has visiting experience in Imperial College London (2018-2019), research experience in the Chinese Academy of Science (2019-2020), and industry experience in energy auditing consultancy (2013-2015). So far, he has more than 20 journal publications, and the H-index is 11. He is also active in academic activities, e.g. acting as session chair for international conferences and serving as reviewers for more than 10 journals. He was recognized for several best paper awards and several outstanding reviewer awards.

Synopsis: Global climate change leads to more frequent and intense extreme weather events, such as typhoons, heatwaves, and rainstorms, which has posed serious risks for urban energy systems. Without preparation for such risks, the city administrators can only hope the next extreme weather event would not trigger a sudden blackout. Therefore, we propose an original planning model to design a ‘climate-resilient’ urban energy system and bridge the gap of addressing extreme weathers during energy system planning. The case study reveals that by investing an acceptable extra 3-5% could help design  a  ‘climate-resilient’ urban energy system.

 

Bilal Amjad – Active Distribution Network Planning with distributed Renewable Energy Resources Considering Contingency Analysis

Bilal AmjadBio: Mr Bilal Amjad is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Huddersfield, UK. His main research area is renewable energy resources, power systems, smart grids and data analytics. He has completed MSc in Smart Grids and Energy Systems, with Distinction Award, from the University of Bradford. As a part of MSc programme, he worked on a research project, called Pi – CREST (Planning, integration and Control of mini-grids with Renewables and Energy STorage), funded by Innovate UK withthe collaboration of the University of Bradford, Bayero University, Kano, Nortech Management Ltd, and Renewable Energy Agency, Africa. In this project, he worked on the planning of an active distribution network with high penetration of renewables and contingency analysis. Before his masters, he worked as a trainee lab engineer at the University of Gujrat.

Mr Bilal is a member of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY), European Energy Centre (EEC),IEEE, IET, CIGRE UK NGN. He is also involved in many voluntary activities. Currently, he is engaged with Digital4Foundation as an Event Manager Assistant to organise World Digital Weeks 2021 which includes 5 Continental Digital Weeks (each week includes 15 specialized conferences related to different professional areas), European e-Commerce and Digital Marketing Week and Bulgarian Digital Week. He is also a member of SDG7 Youth Constituency and involved in SDG7 Africa Advocacy and Capacity Building Project organised by our Regional Focal Points for Africa.

Synopsis: This research work is part of Pi-CREST (Planning, integration and Control of mini-grids with Renewables and Energy Storage) project, funded by Innovate UK with the collaboration of the University of Bradford, Bayero University, Kano, Nortech Management Ltd, and Renewable Energy Agency, Africa. The project aims to enable access to cleaner, low cost and sustainable energy to unserved and underserved regions across sub-Saharan Africa, starting with Nigeria.

The main contributions are this work are:

  1. Study the integration and operation of RERs and their impact on the electrical distribution network and investigate different ANM schemes and network planning techniques.
  2. Implement and analyse network planning problem on a particular distribution network, with ANM and without ANM, considering different scenarios.
  3. Analyse network security under N-1 line contingency for all scenarios under the whole planning period.

 

Caleb Walker – Accurate Prediction of Transformer Residual Life

Caleb Waler1Bio: Having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a First BEng in Electrical Power Engineering in 2020, I am currently employed as a graduate engineer with SP Energy Networks.

 

 

Synopsis: The ageing process of power transformers is a complex mechanism, which means condition and health assessment of these critical assets is a challenging task. While transformers are in-service, obtaining insulating paper samples from the windings for direct analysis cannot easily be achieved, meaning the only practical way of assessing the state of degradation of the paper insulation is through prediction models. A new prediction method is currently being developed using Post-Mortem reports to give a more accurate estimate of the remaining useful life of transformers compared to existing methods, thus avoiding costly interventions or replacement of these high value assets.

 

Harry Evans – Boston Spa Energy Efficiency Trial (BEET)

Harry Evans1Bio: Harry is a consultant electrical engineer working within GHD’s Energy team. During his time at the company, he has worked on a range of projects covering: SMART grid design of distribution networks; power systems modelling of generation connections; and he has co-authored a review into emerging transmission technologies. Harry has gained experience outside of his role at GHD in the development of fault level calculation code for application in offshore wind farm design software, and a continuing role as a contributing member to CIGRE WG B4.89.

Synopsis: What if a relatively small change at a substation level could reduce the regions carbon emissions and shrink customer bills? NPGs voltage optimisation trial in the town of Boston Spa is hoping to achieve just that. This presentation covers the initial stages of the project, which investigated static optimisation of substation voltages, and how customer smart meter data can be used to monitor and control the network more efficiently.

Mohamed Ahmed Numair – IoT-based Demand Side Management of a Renewable Energy Powered Smart Microgrid

Mohamed Ahmed Numair1Bio: Mohamed Numair received his B.Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering from Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt, in 2019. He is currently pursuing his M.Sc. thesis in the demand side management of smart grids using the Internet of Things (IoT). He has just completed some modules from MSc Smart Grids and Energy Systems, University of Bradford, UK, as an Erasmus exchange student. He is also currently working as a research assistant at the high voltage and superconductivity laboratory, Tanta University. Where he is building an Internet of Things Innovation laboratory. His research interests include Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Internet of Things (IoT) and Energy Management.

Synopsis: For the past few decades we have noticed global efforts into a green and sustainable energy system. Examples of these efforts are increasing the renewable generation share of the total generation and increasing the efficiency of the power system and its equipment. But both of those solutions always faced a limitation like hosting capacity (HC) which represents the limit at which the current power system can accept renewable generation. Also the aging power systems equipment always stood as a hindrance in front of a sustainable grid. That’s why climate change and other technical and economic issues were always ahead of these renovation efforts. In this presentation we will discuss the role of the 4thindustrial revolution and its related technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data (BD) in accelerating the renovation of the current legacy grid into the smart energy grids of the future.

 

Shuren Wang – A T-Type Modilar Multilevel Converter (T-MMC) to Improve System Security

Shuren WangBio: Shuren Wang is a researcher of the Electronic & Electrical Engineering Department at University of Strathclyde. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. (Distinguished) degrees from Yangzhou University, China, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Strathclyde, U.K.. His current research interests include power conversion, power electronics, MVDC, HVDC, and energy storage systems.

 

Synopsis: Power electronic converters are enabling massive integration of renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, system security and fault resiliency are increasingly concerned. A T-Type Modular Multilevel Converter (T-MMC) using state-of-the-art power electronic technology will be presented for bulk ac-dc power conversion applications. The salient features of the proposed T-MMC include: (1) resiliency against ac and dc faults; (2) effective ac grid support; (3) high operation efficiency; (4) flexible and efficient energy storage integration; (5) uninterruptable power flow during faults with the integrated energy storage.

 

Jiabin Fan – Three-phase OPF Based Demand Response for Managing Unbalanced Voltage under High Renewable Energy Scenarios

Jiabin FanBio: Jiabin Fan received first class undergraduate degree from University of Strathclyde in electricity and electrical engineering department in 2018. He is currently working toward the PhD degree under the supervision with Dr. Ivana Kockar and he is the University John Anderson Research Award Studentship recipient. His research interests include optimal operation of distribution system, modelling DERs and local flexibility market.

 

Synopsis: With the increasing penetration level of renewable energy sources (RES) in distribution systems, there is an increased risk for occurrence of a three-phase voltage unbalance which could exceed security standard. This presentation introduces a method which seek to utilize the active domestic load response to provide flexibility services for distribution system operators (DSOs) which can also help balance the three-phase voltage. The analyses assume that the flexibility providers can receive economic compensation according to their contribution to their provision of flexibility services

 

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – February 2021

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Optimising subsea cable sizing: through improved modelling

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 10th February 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

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As offshore wind farms have grown in number, in size and in distance from the shore, so too has the need for subsea high voltage power cables. With cabling now representing a significant part of the total cost of constructing wind farm projects, it is essential to optimise the design of the cable system such that it is best sized to cope with the required loads. Multiple separate activities are ongoing within Cigre B1 which will contribute to this optimisation process in the future. This webinar will introduce some of the challenges being tackled within Cigre B1, exploring the way in which the cable sizing models used in the design phase can be refined to ensure that the correct cable is selected for each project.

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Speaker Profile

James Pilgrim 

 

James Pilgrim

James is currently Lead Cable Specialist for Orsted, working across both inter-array and export cable circuits for wind farm projects around the world. Prior to joining Orsted, he worked in cable system R&D for 13 years at the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory at the University of Southampton, beginning with his PhD studies in 2007. James has commenced his term as the B1 Regular Member for the UK with effect from the August 2020 Study Committee meeting. He has been active in B1 working groups for some years, contributing to B1.35, B1.50, B1.56, B1.64 and B1.72 working groups. In addition to his activities in CIGRE, he is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served as a Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.

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SME Innovation Collaboration: A path to a carbon free future

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Collaboration: an overused buzz word or the key to revolution in today’s rapidly evolving world of power systems? What does collaboration really look like when it comes to innovating in this sector? And how can SMEs with nascent ideas make an impact through allying with established companies?

CIGRE UK in conjunction with the GLA-led Better Futures programme*, is hosting two sessions to bring together SMEs and established players in the UK Energy Supply industry. Each session provides an opportunity to examine what collaboration really looks like when it comes to innovation in the UK Energy Supply industry. They hope to identify the biggest challenges and begin to champion innovation within the SME community as a crucial part of the Energy Transition.

This first event sees two innovative young companies – Hydrologiq and Powervault in discussion with a panel of representatives from Siemens, EPEX, Reactive Technologies and Elimpus. The second event which takes place on the 20th January 2021 will see the same panel in discussion with Oak Network and Solveteq.

* In a bid to make London Europe’s leading Greentech hub, Better Futures is an ERDF part-funded project to support the growth and success of low-carbon and cleantech businesses across London. A partnership led by the GLA, it includes Imperial College, Sustainable Ventures, Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation and West London Business.

 

Agenda – 20th January

15:00 – 15:05: Introduction, Dr Biljana Stojkovska

15:05 – 15:21: SME and Panel introduction, Dr, Biljana Stojkovska (Moderator)

15:21 – 15:26: Solveteq – outline of Topic (Sustainability of the supply chain for the energy storage segment) & Questions (The level of supply chain adaptation required, by big and small players, when using batteries as a core element of their business, i.e. how they will change their business models and supply chain in case they need to start recycling batteries)

15:26 – 15:36: Panel Discussion

15:36 – 15:51: Oak Network – outline of Topic (Access to energy data and data management) & Question (What is the importance of the data access and data management in building a sustainable energy strategy?)

15:41 – 15:51: Panel discussion

15:51 – 16:00: Summary and closing remarks

 

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Mark Tiernan

Bio: GB&I Head of Substations and Grid Stability for Siemens Energy – Started as a Student Apprentice, with 30 years’ experience in the High Voltage electricity transmission and distribution industry. Chartered Engineer and Durham MBA Alumni. Technical background in control and Protection. Managed complex EPC projects across the world (UK, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran) from traditional substations, Grid stability, Offshore windfarms and HVDC interconnectors. Part of Siemens Energy GB&I Energy Transition Senior management team focussing on Clean technologies, Network stability, and Energy Storage.

Why is innovation collaboration important: As part of the critical Energy Transition, it requires agility and collaboration within the marketplace across the academic/corporate/SME sectors in experimentation and delivery to accelerate our journey to Net Zero and beyond. None of us can do this alone!

 

Chris Kimmet

Bio: Chris Kimmett is Director Power Grids at Reactive Technologies and leads the energy technology company’s solutions for Grid operators. Aside from his role with CIGRE he is also Chairman of Flexassure UK (which sets common standards for demand side response aggregators). Chris is passionate about bringing new technology to market that can help digitalise and decarbonise the energy industry globally. Prior to joining Reactive, Chris worked for Open Energi, enabling the ‘long tail’ of demand side assets and behind the meter storage to participate in National Grid’s Frequency Response markets and before that worked in Accenture’s sustainability practice, transforming blue chip organisations’ approach to Energy, Carbon, Water, Waste and Health & Safety.

Why is innovation collaboration important: Innovation coming from a single great mind is a myth – real innovation comes from diversity of thought, recombination of best practices and efficient allocation of capital to ideas and execution.

 

Phil Moore

Bio: Phil Moore trained with GEC ALSTOM, Stafford and worked as a Relay Design Engineer before moving into academia. Over a period of 20 years he worked at several Universities, specialising in Electrical Power Engineering. In 2007, whilst Professor of Electrical Plant and Diagnostics at Strathclyde University, he co-founded Elimpus which is a condition monitoring solutions provider to the electricity supply industry. He has been the full-time Technical Director of Elimpus since 2009.

Why is innovation collaboration important: Relatively few innovations come about by groups working in isolation, rather, successful innovations require team work from the entire supply chain from manufacturers through to solution providers through to the end user.

 

Moderator

Biljana Stojkovska

3246-0306-533x800-300x300Bio: 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 leading a team who is working on expansion of the offshore network. The overall aim is to achieve the most economic and efficient network solution on offshore coordination with emphasis on reducing the environmental impact on the onshore landing points to meet government green future objectives for offshore wind in 2030 and 2050.

Biljana is a Charted engineer, Fellow of the IET and Founder and Chair of the CIGRE UK Women’s Network. She is a skilled communicator, experienced in presenting at international conferences, collaborating across multiple sectors and government regulatory bodies.

 

SMEs

solveteq - logoSolveteq offers a cheap and safe technology for recycling lead-acid batteries (LABs), whilst significantly reducing the environmental impact of lead. Solveteq’s technology will enable recycling companies to significantly reduce their expenditure on energy and environmental control. The green process has the potential to transform the battery recycling industry and establish next-generation practices.

Link to info video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9w9ioEpVgw

 

OAK Logo BlackOak Network provides independent access to energy data to help energy users understand and improve their consumptions. Their approach enables business to optimise their energy consumption by 15% and more whilst reducing their carbon footprint drastically

Website: https://oakdata.net/

 

Hydrologiq LogoHydrogen powered off-grid electricity to festivals/event, film production and construction sectors. Replacing diesel generators with a modular hydrogen fuel cell powered system. They aim to provide the generators as a service.

Website: https://hydrologiq.com/

Powervault-logo-whitePowervault designs and manufactures smart energy storage systems for the home, which store free solar energy and cheap electricity from the grid to reduce household energy bills and increase energy efficiency. It also focuses on changing consumers’ energy consumption behaviours by encouraging energy efficiency and the adoption of renewable energy technologies.

Website: https://www.powervault.co.uk/

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – January 2021

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System development for a Net Zero future: keen, green and secure

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 13th January 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

The decarbonisation of the electricity network is accelerating and changes are happening at pace in government policy, regulation and technology. This is against the backdrop of increasing cost efficiency pressures and the ability to secure the network under a wider range of uncertain and extreme conditions. There is a substantial body of work progressing within C1 to understand and address the international challenges and opportunities presented, from network planning, investment and asset management perspectives.

This webinar will present insights from recent and ongoing work in Study Committee C1 including power system planning and investment with increasing DER and uncertainty, tools and methods to support this and consideration of whole system and multi-vector interactions.

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Speaker Profile

Dr Charlotte Higgins 

Charlotte Higgins

Dr Charlotte Higgins has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector and has broad expertise in technology, economic and regulatory considerations for the future development of transmission and distribution networks. She has provided extensive independent advice to electricity regulators, transmission and distribution network owners on investment planning and regulation. Charlotte has also been involved in a number of ground-breaking electricity network innovation bids and projects, on the challenges and opportunities in decarbonising, decentralising and digitalising the grid. She is currently CIGRE UK Regular Member for Study Committee C1, Power Systems Development & Economics.

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CIGRE UK A2/D1 Liaison Meeting

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The purpose of the meeting is to provide a high-level overview of the ongoing activities in CIGRE related to Study Committees A2 (Power Transformers & Reactors) led by UK Regular Members, Zhongdong Wang & Elizabeth Mackenzie and D1 (Materials and emerging Test Techniques) led by UK Regular Member, Simon Sutton. 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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A2 Study Committee Mission, Technology & Scope

A2

Mission

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

Technological field of activity

  • Power transformers including industrial, DC converter and phase-shifting transformers
  • Reactors including shunt, series, saturated and, smoothing
  • Transformer components including bushings, tap changers and accessories

Scope

Within its technical field of activity, Study Committee A2 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.

 

D1 Study Committee Mission & Scope

D1

Mission

To facilitate and promote the progress of engineering and the international exchange of in- formation and knowledge in the field of materials and emerging test techniques. To add value to this information and knowledge by means of synthesizing state-of-the-art practices and developing recommendations.

Scope

The activities of Study Committee D1 concern the evaluation and monitoring of:

  • Fundamental aspects of new and existing materials for electro-technology (conducting and insulating materials for electrical use)
  • Multi-component insulating arrangements with one or more electrical insulating materials used in conjunction with associated conducting parts
  • Diagnostic techniques and related knowledge rules
  • Emerging test techniques.

Provision of timely information on new developments and trends in the field of materials and emerging test techniques to other Study Committees and support for their analysis of the introduction and application of these materials and techniques.

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CIGRE UK B5 Technical Liaison Meeting

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CIGRE UK B5 liaison meeting

The purpose of the meeting, led by UK Regular Member John Wright, is to provide a high-level overview of the ongoing activities in CIGRE related to Protection & Automation. Technical Brochures published in the last year will be highlighted, along with a status update on all of the active B5 Working Groups where the UK has an interest. You will also hear about the latest new work items approved by the B5 Study Committee 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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B5 Study Committee Mission, Technology & Scope

Mission

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

Technological field of activity

Power system protection, substation control and automation, remote control systems and equipment, metering systems and equipment.

Scope

Within its technical field of activity, Study Committee B5 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.

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CIGRE UK December Technical Webinar

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New Constraint Management Techniques for Meshed Transmission and Active Distribution Networks

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 9th December 2020 | 12.30 to 13:30

 

Constraints on the Transmission network are costly, requiring potential capital investment in the longer term, and in the short term output management of generators in areas impacted by these constraints. In the UK, on average between £1m and £2m per day is spent in payments to generators, connected customers and others to ensure that overall integrity of the Transmission network is maintained. Issues such as thermal capacity, stability criteria such as voltage and dynamic all must be managed and can impact on constraints.

There are many techniques for minimizing constraints usually based on traditional analysis and network management, but System Operators throughout the world are looking to find other techniques to minimise the costs while maintaining the expected reliability and resilience.

Topology optimisation is a software technology that finds grid reconfiguration options which may lie deep in the network to route flow around congested/overloaded facilities and that would not be identified using current techniques.

These reconfigurations, implemented by opening or closing selected circuit breakers, enable power flow control using existing equipment and increase the utilization of meshed transmission and distribution network.

By optimally adapting the grid topology to meet system conditions and needs, the transfer capabilities increase in the desired directions, providing significant cost savings and reliability and resilience improvements to consumers. This presentation will illustrate the technology principles and discuss its impacts using case studies conducted with National Grid ESO and system operators in the US.

Typically, we find increases in available transfer capacity of over 10%, load shedding relief under emergency conditions and extreme events, reductions in renewable curtailments, and congestion cost savings of over 50%.

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Speaker Profile’s

Robin Maclaren, NewGrid 

Robin MacLarenRobin MacLaren, has many years’ experience of operational Transmission Networks across the world. Formerly MD of ScottishPower T&D, and founder Chair of the ENA, and regular participant in CIGRE in Paris, as an engineer, he led the ScottishPower technical team to successfully resolve 2000 MW inter area oscillations and remove 1000MW dynamic stability boundary constraints between Scotland and England. He has maintained a close interest in technical work on constraints as UK networks have evolved and has more recently worked hands on resolving dynamic stability constraints in various countries. He is currently working with NewGrid on the applicability of solutions applied to Transmission and interconnected Distribution, and recently has been part of a BEIS panel reviewing Transmission and Distribution standards needed to meet net zero targets.

Dr. Pablo A. Ruiz, NewGrid

Pablo_Ruiz_squareDr. Pablo A. Ruiz is co-founder, CEO and CTO of NewGrid, a software startup providing topology optimization solutions, as well as Associate Research Professor at Boston University and a Senior Consultant at The Brattle Group. He was the Principal Investigator for the U.S. Department of Energy research and development project on Topology Control Algorithms that led to the formation of NewGrid. He supports system operators, electric utilities and market participants in North America, Europe and Latin America on constraint management in operations and planning to improve economic efficiency, reliability and resilience. Pablo holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jay Caspary, Grid Strategies

Jay CasparyAs a Vice President at Grid Strategies LLC, Jay Caspary provides analysis and strategic guidance on transmission grid planning and operations to support a clean energy portfolio. Jay has 40 years of experience in transmission planning, engineering, management, tariffs, transmission services, and retail marketing. Most recently he oversaw Research, Development & Tariff Services for the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the system operator in the U.S. Great Plains. He also served as SPP’s Director of Engineering and head of Transmission Development. In 2012-2013, Jay served as Senior Policy Advisor for the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) with a focus on grid modernization. Prior to SPP, he served in several staff and managerial roles at Illinois Power in the U.S.

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CIGRE UK November Technical Webinar

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WPD Primary Network Power Analysis (PNPQA) Project Interim Findings

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 4th November 2020 | 12.30 to 13:30

 

 Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) Primary Networks Power Quality Analysis (PNPQA) project aims to reduce uncertainties around the power quality (PQ) within primary distribution networks and facilitate increased integration levels of low carbon technologies (LCTs). The project is funded via Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and is achieving its aims through implementing a monitoring and analysis system for assessing the PQ and harmonic content of waveforms in distribution network, verifying the accuracy of the network equipment used for PQ monitoring, and using modelling to predict the future PQ impacts of increased integration of LCTs.

This webinar will provide you an insight into the project and some of the findings gathered so far, including:

• Temporal and spatial variations of power quality across a distribution network.

• In-situ power quality characteristics of LCTs including solar PV, energy storage, wind, and electric vehicle (EV) charge points.

• Power quality changes seen through the COVID-19 response.

• Results of laboratory testing of the harmonic response of voltage transformers used for power quality monitoring.

• Development and use of a vendor-agnostic common platform for combining power quality data from multiple monitors.

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Speaker Profile’s

 

Screenshot 2020-10-21 at 13.58.45Dr James King joined Nortech Management Ltd. in 2017 as a Network Innovation Engineer, having previously worked as a Power Systems Engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. At Nortech he is focused on applying innovation to electricity distribution networks, including development of new monitoring and control systems and the delivery of innovation projects for network operators.

James has held several positions in CIGRE UK’s Next Generation Network (NGN) including leading the NGN as Chair from 2013 to 2015. He has a PhD in power system control and machine learning from Newcastle University, an MEng degree from Durham University, and is the author and co-author of several technical papers on power system topics.

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Annual General Meetings & Technical Presentations

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Join us online on the 11th November 2020 for the Next Generation Network Annual General Meeting and the Wider CIGRE UK Annual General Meeting which will be followed by a series of technical presentations from our regular members

 

AGENDA

09:00 – 10:00 Next Generation Network Annual General Meeting – Members of the NGN / Student section are welcome to join

13:00 – 14:30 CIGRE UK Annual General Meeting – All members of CIGRE are welcome to join.

14:30 – 14:45 Comfort Break

14:45 – 15:05 E-CIGRE C6 Session Highlights and Virtual Power Plants-Samuel Jupe

15:05 – 15:25 B4 Power Electronics and their Applications on the Electricity Network – James Yu; Liang Jun

15:25 – 15:45 Achieving Net Zero – Challenges Facing Substations and HV Installations – Mark Osborne

15:45 – 16:00 Q&A

16:00 – 16:20 B5 E-CIGRE Session Paris Update– John Wright

16:20 – 16:40 Young Members Technical Participation in E-CIGRE– Giulio Richard; Gen Li

16:40 – 16:55 Q&A

16:55 – 17:00 Closing Remarks

 

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REGISTRATION

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CIGRE UK Webinar Series – October 2020

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Optimising Power Transmission & Distribution from the Sky to the Sea

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 14th October 2020 | 12.30 to 13:30

To celebrate the contributions of UK young members to CIGRE e-session and achievements with online sessions successfully delivered since the COVID-19, CIGRE UK has invited four speakers from CIGRE UK Next Generation Network (NGN) to showcase Young Members’ Technical Excellence. The webinar will cover a variety of topics from the Optimising Overhead Line Capacity, Active Protection Scheme for Islanded Microgrids, Investigation for hybrid direct current circuit breakers and the development of a long-term ageing test of Subsea Power Cables.

Topics:

Opportunities for Increasing the Power Transfer Capacity of OHLs by Considering the Thermal and Mechanical Aspects of Conductor Design | Mohammed Al Aqil

It is observed globally that energy sectors have been obliged to a massive energy revolution since renewable energy sources were introduced. This has entailed the development of Renewable Energy Strategies and penetrating high-shares of Clean Energy Sources into the bulk electrical network. Consequently, utilities try to reinforce the electrical transmission networks by building new overhead lines (OHLs). However, this traditional solution is expensive and requires permissions from relevant local regulatory agencies to be granted the proper right-of-way (ROWs). In fact, it involves gaining social acceptance of the OHLs infrastructure to ensure visual amenity. To avoid such lengthy procedural route, utilities try to find more flexible, economic, and faster-to-implement reinforcement methods. Such strategic implementations can be achieved by re-conductoring with bigger size conductors or employing conductors with new technology that enables operation at higher temperatures such as High-Temperature Low-Sag (HTLS). In this presentation, the impact and challenges associated with connecting high-shares of renewables into the network are reviewed and the possible potential solutions to optimise the performance of the existing overhead line system are summarised, particularly advancements in overhead line conductor technologies. More specifically, capturing the thermal and mechanical aspects in the assessment of the variuos conductors’ complex designs to optimise the performance of entire OHL system and increase its power transfer capacity ultimately.

An Active Protection Scheme for Islanded Microgrids | Asif Khan

This work presents a novel and effective protection strategy that coordinates the protection actions with the control strategy of inverter interfaced distributed generators (IIDGs) to address the protection challenges that have negative impacts on the operation of islanded microgrids. The proposed method intentionally refines the controllers’ actions of the IIDGs during faults to inject specific harmonics to the system, which can be analysed by the protection relays for reliable and accurate detection and isolation of faults. The advantages of the proposed protection scheme are: (1) the algorithm is relatively simple to implement; (2) fault identification in the network does not depend on fault current magnitude; (3) the scheme is not affected by the network’s bidirectional power flow; and (4) the scheme does not require any communication to operate properly and therefore, is relatively more reliable and cheaper than communications-based schemes.

Investigation of key components for hybrid direct current circuit breakers | Xiaoze Pei

Medium voltage direct current grids have attract significant interest because of rapid development of distributed renewable generation (such as PV) and DC loads (such as electric vehicle and date centre). Performing DC current breaking is much more challenging than in AC systems because there is no natural zero-crossing of the current to aid fault isolation. DC circuit breakers are key enabling components for meshed DC grids. The key design targets for them are operating speed and efficiency. This talk will present the study of key components for hybrid DC circuit breakers, including development of solid-state main breaker and fast operating actuator for the mechanical switch.

A Walk-through of a long-term ageing test of Subsea Power Cables | Jingyi Wan

The growth in the market for offshore wind farms, has resulted in wet, or semi-wet, cable designs now being widely deployed in submarine power array networks. Such applications are today typically at 66 kV, using higher electrical stress levels than traditional Medium Voltage applications, reducing conservatism. Additionally, the operating medium is saline rather than tap water. Wet age testing protocols undertaken by most cable suppliers, and as specified in relevant standards have primarily been carried out on scaled 20 kV or 15 kV rated cable samples and in tap water, to suit the historically dominant market for underground applications. The CIGRE Technical Brochure 722 (April 2018) ‘Recommendations for Additional Testing for Submarine Cables from 6 kV to 60 kV (Um = 72.5 kV)’, recognises these constraints, and recommends wet-age testing in saline conditions. Furthermore, it calls for the ‘cable community to publish findings in the above areas’, towards re-evaluating what the industry requirements should be. Previous experience with test infrastructure and a comprehensive programme of long-duration testing will be shared. The test methodology summarises the results of the full-scale testing in saline conditions, and compares these results with results of conventional, scaled testing. Conclusions are then drawn, including implications for recommendations for future wet-age testing specifications for submarine cable systems will be presented.

 

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Speaker Profile’s

 

Mohammed A AlAqilMohammed A. AlAqil received his MSc degree (Hons.) in Electrical Power System Engineering from The University of Manchester, UK in 2015 and currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree. He is a former Electrical Engineer at Nationalgrid of Saudi Arabia. He has been appointed recently as a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Chester and holds a position as a Lecturer with the College of Engineering, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He is a Corresponding Member of CIGRE WG B2.79 and has been engaging with his supervisor (Dr Kostas Kopsidas) in several industrial projects related to Electro-mechanical aspects of overhead lines design and optimisation (uprating/upgrading) in collaboration with CEATI (Canada), National Grid Electricity Transmission (UK), and Energy Supply Board International (Ireland).

 

Md Asif Uddin KhanMd Asif Uddin Khan is currently perusing his PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research area is associated with fault analysis, control, and protection of microgrid. He is also involved in several industrial projects with National Grid and Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong. Before he started his PhD in December 2018, he was also associated with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Lecturer from September 2015. He taught the courses relating to analogue electronics and devices, and power systems to undergraduate level students. In 2017, he completed his MSc degree with Distinction in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. For his MSc program, he was awarded with prestigious Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. He has several Scopus indexed publications and presented his research works in different international conferences.

 

Dr Xiaoze PeiDr Xiaoze Pei received her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2012. She became a research associate at the University of Manchester before she joined the University of Bath as a lecturer in February 2017. Dr Pei is currently leading the applied superconductivity group. She has extensive research experience in designing and building of superconducting fault current limiters and fast operating vacuum circuit breakers. Her research interests include electrical power applications of superconductivity and hybrid DC circuit breaker. Dr Pei is a member of CIGRE Working Group B4_A3.86 and a committee member of UK magnetics society.

 

Jingyi WanJingyi Wan is the Chair of CIGRE UK Next Generation Network, a chartered engineer. She is currently working as a HV cable systems specialist in Mott MacDonald, with expertise in onshore and offshore Power Cable System electrical design, manufacture and project management. Before this role, she worked as a product development engineer for a subsea power cable supplier, JDR Cable Systems for four years, where she worked with the team to qualify and supply the cables the industry’s first commercial 66kV array cable project. Jingyi is a young expert member of CIGRE Working Group B1.73.

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B1 Technical Liaison Meeting 2020

CIGRE UK B1 Technical Liaison Meeting

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Study Committee B1 scope

Within its technical field of activity, Study Committee B1 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.

Technological field of activity

  • AC and DC insulated power cable systems for power transmission, distribution and generation connections on land and in submarine applications.
  • Power cable systems associated with micro-grids and the integration of distributed resources.

 

UK liaison meeting

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a high level overview of the ongoing activities in CIGRE related to Insulated Cables. Technical Brochures published in the last year will be highlighted, along with a status update on all of the active B1 Working Groups where the UK has an interest. You will also hear about the latest new work items approved by the B1 Study Committee during the Paris e-session, and to provide feedback on possible future work items that could be proposed in the future. In addition to information about the latest work within B1, we will also be joined by the UK Regular Member for D1 who will provide a summary of activities relevant to the B1 audience.

 

Joining the meeting

Simply register from this page and you will be sent an email confirmation that will include the details of the CISCO WebEx login. Please keep this safe as you will need this on the day of the meeting.

 

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Agenda

10:00 – Welcome from UK Regular Member (James Pilgrim, Orsted)

10:10 – Introduction to Study Committee B1

10:20 – Overview of Technical Brochures published in 2020

10:30 – Working Group status updates

11:30 – 10 minute coffee break

11:40 – New TF/WG approved by the B1 Study Committee

12:00 – Review of status of relevant D1 Working Groups

12:20 – Proposals for future B1 activities

12:30 – Close

 

Speaker Profiles

JAPIL bio imageJames Pilgrim, CIGRE UK B1 Regular Member

James is currently Lead Cable Specialist for Orsted, working across both inter-array and export cable circuits for wind farm projects around the world. Prior to joining Orsted, he worked in cable system R&D for 13 years at the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory at the University of Southampton, beginning with his PhD studies in 2007. James has commenced his term as the B1 Regular Member for the UK with effect from the August 2020 Study Committee meeting. He has been active in B1 working groups for some years, contributing to B1.35, B1.50, B1.56, B1.64 and B1.72 working groups. In addition to his activities in CIGRE, he is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has served as a Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.

 

 

Sutton Simon 2019Simon Sutton, CIGRE UK D1 Regular Member

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in the electricity transmission and distribution industry predominantly in the cables sector. He has worked in the cable materials supply industry, as the cables policy manager for a transmission utility and in the research sector. He also has interests in condition monitoring, diagnostic testing, forensics and asset management.

Simon now works as Technical Director for Doble and is based in the UK. His responsibilities include business strategy, external relationships and coordination of technical activities across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Simon hold a degree in Physics and PhD in polymers both from the University of Reading. He is the UK Member of the CIGRE Study Committee on Materials and Emerging Test Techniques, and Convenor of the CIGRE Strategic Advisory Group on Solids. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton.

Stress and Anxiety at Uncertain Times

Dealing with Stress & Anxiety in Uncertain Times – An Online Webinar

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Have you ever…

  • Over-thought a decision?
  • Over-reacted to a situation?
  • Felt nervous?
  • Beat yourself up for making a mistake?
  • Felt stressed?

If you have answered yes to any (or all) of the above, you are in good company. Try everyone.  But do you know why you experience unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours; and what you can do about it?

In this 90 minute webinar, we are working with chartered psychologist Dr Robbie Anderson of Chimp Management Ltd to explore the science and practical management of stress and anxiety.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn why and how the brain reacts to uncertainty by creating worry and stress responses.
  • Explore practical approaches for dealing with stress and anxiety.
  • Ask or listen to questions answered by an expert in this field.

For people who already feel in a great place, this session could be a great opportunity to consider how you can further support the health, wellbeing and success of others.

 

Agenda

14:00 – 14:05: Introduction (Dr. Biljana Stojkovska: NG ESO & Chair CIGRE UK Women’s Network)

14:05 – 14:07: Objectives and delegates reflecting on personal sessions goals (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

14:07 – 14:17: Insight from neuroscientific research (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

14:17 – 14:23: Breakout activity

14:23 – 14:33: Debrief of activity (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

14:33 – 14:38: Accept, Move on, with a Plan

14:38 – 14:46: Breakout activity

14:46 – 14:56: Debrief of activity (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

14:56 – 15:00: Two different ways of approaching uncertainty (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

15:00 – 15:08: Breakout activity

15:08 – 15:18: Debrief breakout activity (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

15:18 – 15:21: Summary (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

15:21 – 15:30: Q&A (Facilitator: Dr Robbie Anderson – Chimp Management)

Platforms

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

Event Materials

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Speaker Profile’s

Dr Robbie Anderson

Robbie-Anderson-Profile-pictureRobbie is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Member Status Psychologist and has consulted with Professor Steve Peters, founder of Chimp Managment, for over a decade.

His résumé includes, amongst others: Professional and Olympic athletes, TV Personalities, Blue-Chip Executives and Global Organisations.

With experience of consultancy in Europe, the Middle East, and America, Robbie believes that people have huge potential and demonstrates a real passion for helping them to unlock their talent, improve their performance and to achieve successful outcomes in extremely challenging environments.

Robbie works with a collaborative style, building relationships and offering expert insights into the psychology of human functioning and performance.

Chimp Management is a consultancy group workingin Olympic sport, corporate, business, healthcare and education to help people be happy and successful through gaining insight and emotional skill.

 

Dr Biljana Stojkovska

3246-0306-533x800-300x300Technical Manager Offshore Coordination, NG ESO | Innovation Manager, National Grid ESO

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 leading a team who is working on expansion of the offshore network. The overall aim is to achieve the most economic and efficient network solution on offshore coordination with emphasis on reducing the environmental impact on the onshore landing points to meet government green future objectives for offshore wind in 2030 and 2050.

Biljana is a Charted engineer, Fellow of the IET and Founder and Chair of the CIGRE UK Women’s Network. She is a skilled communicator, experienced in presenting at international conferences, collaborating across multiple sectors and government regulatory bodies.

 

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Offshore Wind Energy Webinar

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Offshore Wind Energy Webinar

A Joint webinar organised by the CIGRE UK NGN & the CIGRE Denmark NGN

Friday 2nd October 2020 | Online Webinar | 14:00 – 15:00

 

CIGRE NGN UK and CIGRE NGN DK would like to provide a platform for recent research results and system operations experience related to the rapid transformation and challenges imposed on networks and markets by increased amounts of offshore wind energy.

Topics

Demonstration of integrated protection and condition monitoring for offshore wind using passive distributed sensing | Steven Blair

A key challenge for offshore wind generation is providing effective, granular monitoring of the assets to improve maintenance scheduling and drive down the associated costs. This presentation will describe a commercial product demonstrator for array cable protection, fault identification, and failure prognostics that has been deployed on the 7 MW Levenmouth demonstration turbine. The system automates the response to cable faults, reducing outage times and operational cost by identifying and isolating faulted cables while allowing others in the array to stay in production. It also collects detailed electrical power quality and mechanical monitoring information (such as cable joint temperature) – at every turbine in an array. This enables clear and granular visualisation of asset performance, and predictive maintenance insights for long term asset management. The sensing technology is entirely passive, so the cost, size, and weight of instrumentation is substantially reduced by eliminating the need for power supplies, transformers, copper wiring, data networks, or GPS clock access at every measurement location.

European HVDC and Offshore Wind | Dr Gen Li

Europe now has a total installed offshore wind capacity of 22,072 MW from 5,047 grid-connected wind turbines across 12 countries. The HVDC technology for offshore wind integration is becoming more mature. This presentation will give the state-of-the-art of HVDC and offshore wind technologies in EU countries. The driving forces, key technologies and challenges will be presented and discussed.

Offshore wind and HVDC technology- An Overview | Lorenzo Zeni

The presentation will give an overview of HVDC grid connection systems for offshore wind power evacuation. The presentation will touch upon the technology in general as well as the most interesting aspects and open questions regarding the integration of these technologies in the power system, including stability, ancillary services, etc. The presentation will be given from an offshore wind power developer’s perspective.

Introduction to Ørsted Offshore focussing on grid connection systems for offshore wind farms| Troels Stybe Sørensen

Ørsted Offshore is the largest offshore wind farm developer in the world. This presentation will give an overview of the development Ørsted has been through focussing on the development in scale and complexity of the grid connection systems.

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Speakers

 

Steven Blair

 

Steven Blair is the Head of Power Systems Technologies at Synaptec. He leads Synaptec’s software and data analytics strategy. He holds a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering and an MEng in Computer & Electronic Systems from the University of Strathclyde. He has been both a researcher and academic at the University of Strathclyde, including holding the Nokia lectureship position. He is very experienced in power system protection, power quality, real-time systems, IEC 61850, and communications technologies. Dr Blair is a member of IEC TC57 Working Group 10.

 

 

Dr Gen Li

 

Dr Gen Li is a Research Associate at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. He was a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow funded by the European Union’s MEDOW project. His research interests include control and protection of HVDC and MVDC technologies, power electronics, reliability modelling and evaluation of power electronics systems.

 

 

 

Lorenzo Zeni

 

Lorenzo Zeni is with Ørsted Offshore as a Senior Power System Specialist and is involved in electrical design and grid code compliance for large offshore wind farms. He holds MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and the University of Padua (Italy). He carried out an industrially funded Ph.D. with Ørsted and the Technical University of Denmark on power system integration of large offshore wind farms by means of HVDC technology. He has been involved in Cigré activities since 2013, with contributions to TBs  604 and 619 and a few session papers

 

 

Troels Stybe SørensenTroels Stybe Sørensen is a Senior Director and Chief Specialist for Electrical Systems in Ørsted Offshore, he holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical engineering, and an eMBA in Management of Technology. Troels is a specialist in wind turbine electrical systems, offshore wind farm electrical systems and grid connection requirements. He has participated in offshore wind farm projects in various roles since about 2000, and he’s an experienced electrical project manager. He has managed and participated in numerous of development projects and R&D programs in the electrical infrastructure area incl. supervision of student projects at B.Sc. to Ph.D. level.  He has authored and co-authored more than fifty papers. He’s a member of the steering committee of Center for Electrical Power and Energy Technology at the Technical University of Denmark and member of steering committee of Powerlab.dk, and a board member of Cigré Danish National Committee.

CIGRE UK Webinar Series – September 2020

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Coordination of Transmission and Distribution data exchanges for renewables integration in the European marketplace through Advanced, Scalable and Secure ICT Systems and Tools (TDX-ASSIST)

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 9th September 2020 | 12.30 to 13:30

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This project aims to design and develop novel Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and techniques that facilitate scalable and secure information systems and data exchange between Transmission System Operator (TSO) and Distribution System Operator (DSO). The three novel aspects of ICT tools and techniques to be developed in the project are: scalability – ability to deal with new users and increasingly larger volumes of information and data; security – protection against external threats and attacks; and interoperability –information exchange and communications based on existing and emerging international smart grid ICT standards.

First Presentation : Coordination of Transmission and Distribution Data Exchanges for Renewables Integration in the European Marketplace

Within the TDX-ASSIST project, twelve partners from UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia aim to design and develop novel ICT tools and techniques to facilitate scalable and secure information systems for data exchange between TSOs and DSOs. The tools are designed to support active distribution network developments such as the Energy Internet of Things (IoT). TSOs and DSOs around Europe have in-country particularities, but they all face several common challenges. This presentation presents the TDX-ASSIST project with an overview of challenges such as grid observability and controllability; increasing hosting capacity for renewable energies and flexibility services with consumer participation in electricity markets.

 

Second Presentation : Energy Data Flow Mechanisms in Smart Grid Infrastructure to Enable TSO-DSO Interaction

The increase in decentralized renewable energy sources has created the need for greater coordination between both market actions and grid operations. The transitioning process for the distribution network from passive mode to active mode requires more coordination between the DSOs and TSOs in order to enhance renewables integration through advanced, scalable and secure ICT systems. Smart grid infrastructure is based on unrestricted data flow between the different parts of the grid in order to ensure flexible and reliable services through the different stages of the operation of the network and different time scales. An energy data flow mechanism is proposed in this presentation for the data flow within the smart grid infrastructure to organize the integration process of the renewable energy within the existed energy utilities.

 

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Speaker Profile’s

Ioana Pisica is senior lecturer in Electrical and Power Systems at Brunel University London, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. She received her MSc in Information Systems from the Faculty of Cybernetics at the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest and her PhD in Intelligent Energy Networks from University Politehnica of Bucharest. Her research interests include modern optimization techniques for energy systems, machine learning for power systems control, power quality, smart metering and ICT infrastructures for future power networks and energy efficiency

Mohammed Radi received the M.Sc. degree with distinction in Sustainable Electrical Power and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from Brunel University, London, United Kingdom, in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Since then, he has been with the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University, U.K., where he is currently a full time Research Fellow in TDX-ASSIST project that is funded by EU Horizon 2020 and works on the coordination of transmission and distribution data exchanges for renewables integration in the European marketplace. His main areas of research interest are Power Systems, Power Electronics, Renewable Energy Integrations and Smart Grids.

 

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CIGRE UK Webinar Series – August 2020

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MVDC Grid Feasibility Within Distribution Networks

an Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 5th August 2020 | 12.30 to 13.30

 

 

This webinar, present by Dr Samual Jupe, will highlight the recent Study Committee C6 Technical Brochure 793 on MVDC Grid Feasibility and showcase emerging applications of MVDC, within the UK’s distribution networks, which are being developed and demonstrated through Network Innovation funding from Ofgem.

Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) grids have been attracting global attention as an innovative technology for power distribution system flexibility and enhancement. The objective of Working Group C6.31 was to evaluate existing and planned MVDC projects and research studies, identifying potential system benefits and the main technical challenges of MVDC technologies for different applications.

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Speaker Profile

Dr Samuel Jupe is a Chartered Engineer, the Network Innovation Manager at Nortech Management Limited and the UK Regular Member for Study Committee C6 (on Active Distribution Systems and Distributed Energy Resources). Samuel is actively delivering network-wide control systems for MVDC applications in the UK (such as WPD’s Network Equilibrium and SP Energy Networks’ Angle DC demonstration projects).

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Young Members Showcase - Deadline Extended

CIGRE UK NGN Young Member Showcase Competition 2021 – Deadline Extension!

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The CIGRE Paris Session is a leading international event in the power industry, gathering worldwide experts to discuss and learn about the industry’s future. The CIGRE Centennial Paris Session, celebrating 100 years of collaboration, will be held in August 2021 (click here for details). It will provide delegates with the chance to showcase the latest solutions across the whole value chain, from generation to distribution.


As part of the CIGRE Session, the Young Member (YM) showcase is a unique opportunity for young professionals to present their work to leading experts from all around the world. The successful UK representatives will be selected through a presentation competition. Successful candidates will have the chance to receive free conference tickets to the CIGRE Centennial Paris Session 2021 and a bursary for transport and accommodation. 2020’s YM Showcase Competition saw three UK competition winners receive free conference tickets for 2020’s e-sessions and presented to various panels.


The NGN Committee of CIGRE UK National Committee are delighted to invite NGN members to prepare and submit their abstracts of proposed presentations for the upcoming 2021 Session to the Technical Team Lead, Max McFarlane (technical@cigre-ngn-uk.org), by the newly extended date of the 21st December 2020.


Topics for abstracts/presentations need to align with one of the 16 CIGRE Study Committees. Abstracts will be scored on technical content, relevance to the selected Study Committee, and presentation of the material (structure, figures, etc.).


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a 10-min virtual presentation to a panel of senior CIGRE-UK members and an audience of NGN members at the presentation competition event. The presentation competition will be in late January or early February. Please check the CIGRE monthly newsletters for updates on the competition date.

 

The Abstract must: 

  1. Be in English
  2. Use the template available from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10P0yNKe1bG7lkxMxI_JZCdjtextbp7cn/view?usp=sharing
  3. Summarise the contents of the presentation
  4. Be a maximum of two pages, but a minimum of 500 words.
  5. it is important to note the candidates do not need to submit a full paper for this event: this is for a showcase of presentations only
  6. You must be a CIGRE UK NGN member to apply. To join CIGRE UK NGN, click here

*Note: the final decision over whether a presenter can have a slot at the Paris Session will remain with the respective Study Committee chair.