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CIGRE UK Webinar Series

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– Wednesday 9th October 2019 from 12.30 to 13.30 –

Active Network Management in LV Networks: a case study in the UK

The widespread deployment of low-carbon technologies can have a severe negative impact on distribution networks. Network reconfiguration and power electronic devices are two approaches that can be used to alleviate some of the problems caused by low-carbon technologies by changing the distribution of the power in these networks. Whilst the first offers limited control due to a reduced number of possible open/close switch commands, the second offers greater flexibility but depends on a more complex control scheme. This study used high-resolution data, obtained from real low-voltage substations and feeders part of the OpenLV project, to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of these two approaches. A set of cases with incremental levels of low-carbon technologies was analysed to determine the long-term performance of both strategies.

Julio Perez Olvera


Julio Perez Olvera is a final year PhD student in the Control & Power group at Imperial College London. His research is focussed on the operation of low-voltage (LV) networks with large volumes of distributed generation and electric vehicles. Particularly, he looks at improving the hosting capacity of such networks using power electronic converters and high-level optimization. As an active participant in the OpenLV project, he also seeks to develop data-driven algorithms that can be used for active network management to automatically reconfigure LV networks. He is a member of CIGRE UK and part of the CIGRE UK NGN steering committee, supporting the communications team.

To register: click here

This Webinar series is kindly sponsored by Burns & McDonnell



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– Journey to Zero Carbon Energy Systems –

Thursday 7th November 2019 from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Location: The IET, Savoy Place, London

CIGRE Women’s Network UK is delighted to organise its next event on the “Journey to Zero Carbon Energy Systems”.

The aim of the event is to highlight the available and future technologies for carbon reduction and explore the skillsets required for us to take on this challenge.

The delegates will have the opportunity to hear from our key note speakers, to network with other delegates and exchange ideas on how their roles can contribute to the zero carbon targets.

We have three engaging sessions prepared for you – all including interactive workshops:

  • Our first session aims at setting a scene and exploring what changes are needed to achieve zero carbon in the power industry.
  • The second session will explore at current and new technologies needed to create a zero carbon energy system and how different disciplines/expertise can incorporate these technologies.
  • Our third session will be a practical workshop to challenge delegates to explore the skillsets required to take on the zero carbon energy challenge.

Please note that due to limited spaces, this event is open on a first come, first served basis.

All presentation materials will be made available, exclusively to those attending, post event.

This must attend, informative (CPD) accredited event is not only exceptional value but it’s also an outstanding networking opportunity!

To register for this event click HERE


New Working Groups

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During August the following working groups have been started JWG B2/C4.76, WG C1.44 & JWG A3/A2/A1/B1.44

Full details including the title, link to Terms of Reference and the name and email address of the UK Regular Member to contact if you wish to join one of these Working Groups can be accessed by clicking HERE.

NGN Section Events

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Neilston Substation site visit

Event Details

When: Tuesday 10th September 2019, 09:30 to 15:30

Where: Neilston Substation, Scottish Power Transmission, Neilston, Glasgow

How: See the registration link below

The CIGRE UK NGN invites NGN members and students interested in the power industry, to join them for a trip to the Neilston substation, managed by Scottish Power Transmission (SPT). The site hosts a new hybrid solution combining two technologies, as part of the Phoenix project: Synchronous Condensers and Static Compensators.

These devices will mitigate serious system issues on the GB transmission network as a result of the progressive closure of synchronous generation plants. This event will include presentations from industry and academia and a tour of the substation, with a focus on the final deliverable of SPT’s Phoenix Project. A detailed agenda will be shared with you after registering for the event.


Talk 1

“Application of Superconductor Synchronous Compensator for Power System Applications ”, Dr Min Zhang, Reader, University of Strathclyde

Talk 2

“Role of CCGT in Frequency Regulation in Future Power Systems”, Antony Cooke, Automation Engineer, South Humber Bank Power Station

Talk 3

“Distributed ReStart”, Callum Dell, Graduate Consultant, TNEI

To register for the event click HERE 

“Please note that due to safety rules, a maximum of 12 attendees can take part in the substation visit. You will be told whether or not you are allocated a place soon after registration”