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CIGRE UK Women’s Network Event

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CIGRE UK Women’s Network

25th June 2020 | 13:00 – 17:00 | Online event by Zoom

For special times, we are using the new “norm” to meet together, so the next CIGRE UK Women’s Network led gathering kindly sponsored by BakerHicks is a 4-hour fully online event focusing on clean technologies. As usual, we equally welcome both men and women from the engineering sector.

The zero carbon system operation of the electricity system and its network assets requires a fundamental change in how these are designed to operate, integrating newer technologies right across the system, from large scale offshore wind to domestic scale solar panels and increased demand side participation, by using smart digital systems for real-time management and control.

The first session will focus on clean technologies and how these are and could be evolving in a world post COVID-19. Our main speaker, Danielle Lane, Vattenfall UK Country Manager, will present the challenges and compromises of offshore wind development and how innovation is driving new opportunities. Our panelists, Gianluca Peviani, Dr. Heinz Sittler and Sina Beckmann will then detail some existing and new forms of clean technologies: how non-performing offshore oil platforms can be modified into powerful hydroelectric power plant, how hydrogen can soften the imbalances between electricity production and consumption and how to achieve low-carbon automotive supply chains by enabling, testing and scaling alternative clean technologies.

The second session will be another soft skill workshop with Robert Kahn. “Underlying concepts supporting the leadership model” will focus on the impact equation: Impact = Quality X Acceptance, managing our energy while removing a potential layer of conflict, and entertaining all “offers” while remaining assertive. This builds on the LeaderLike model introduced during our March event which will be summarized for new participants.

The third session will feature online networking with opportunities for participants to split into different virtual breakout rooms, each room being led by a panelist who will conduct a deep-dive into a clean technology topic addressing additional questions interactively.

The event is organised by the CIGRE UK Women’s Network for which a modest fee to register with payment by credit card only will be required (7-day refund before the event policy applies). Participation is limited due to the networking opportunity offered within each breakout rooms, so please book early!


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This event is kindly sponsored by BakerHicks



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NGN Section Events

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CIGRE NGN Joint Wind Energy Webinar
Wednesday 17th June 2020
14:00 – 16:00 (BST) 

In 2019, 60.4 GW of wind energy capacity was installed globally, a 19% increase from installations in 2018 and the second-best year for wind historically. Total capacity for wind energy globally is now over 651 GW.  So how can we exploit the full potential of wind energy?

The speakers/topics are: –

  • Professor Vladimir Terzija, “Smart Frequency Control in Power Systems with a High Penetration of Nonsynchronous Generation”.
  • Dr Xianxian Zhao, “Fast Frequency Support from Wind Turbine Systems by Arresting Frequency Nadir Close to Settling Frequency”
  • Dr Peter Wall, “Identifying scarcities on the All Island system in 2030 – perspectives from EU-SysFlex”
  • Tolulope Mayomi, “The opportunities of dynamic line rating for overcoming curtailment challenges”

In light of the current global situation, the CIGRE UK and CIGRE Ireland Next Generation Network (NGN) committees have come together to create their first joint, online webinar on the topic of Wind Energy.  Please note that the webinar is free and open to all members, however, registration from NGN members will be considered first if the numbers exceed our hosting capacity.

The event will be hosted via an Online Conference Platform. Please sign up to the Eventbrite page and you will receive the link and detailed agenda by email.


CIGRE UK Webinar Series

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TF-77 – AC fault response options for VSC HVDC converters

Wednesday 10th June 2020 | 12.30 to 13.30




TF-77 – AC fault response options for VSC HVDC converters

Cigre Study Committee B4 (DC and Power Electronics) set up a Task Force, TF-77, with the aim of summarising the requirements from the AC power system planners/operators with regards to the response to AC faults and reviewing what HVDC equipment control strategies can achieve.  TF-77 published its results in the CIGRE Science & Engineering Journal in October 2019.  The webinar will summarise the findings of this paper.

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Details of how to join the webinar are included in your registration confirmation

Join this lunchtime webinar with colleagues to ‘lunch and learn’.  Remember this event could could towards your 2020 CPD


Speaker Profile: Carl Barker



Carl holds 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, the Regular Member for CIGRE B4 for the UK and an honorary visiting professor at Cardiff University.


This Webinar series is kindly sponsored by Burns & McDonnell