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NGN Young Member Showcase

CIGRE UK NGN Young Member Showcase Competition 2021 – Call for Abstracts

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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 (, by 14th 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:
  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.

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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


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.


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



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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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.


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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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.



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)


This event will be delivered via Zoom.

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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.


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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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, 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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