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B4 Global Newsletter: September 2021

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– Greeting from SC B4 Brazil Regular Member – Antonio Ricardo MATOS TENORIO – 


page1image31459568Dear SC B4 Colleagues,

When I first received the kind invitation from B4 to prepare the greetings for this Newsletter, I felt honored and at the same time aware of the responsibility to address to this great community. Therefore, I intend to share some news and thoughts from my side.

At the time of writing, the Centennial Session has already finished, and it was a very interesting and creative way to celebrate Cigre’s centenary and discuss new ideas with old colleagues and friends. Particularly the B4 GDM meeting was complementary to the paper’s session held last year, also in a virtual format. It is always important to develop ways to overcome the difficulties imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This pandemic severely affected Brazil. We have lost precious lives, but vaccination has been massively applied to the elderly in a prioritized manner and has recently been given to the youngest. With a population of 214 million people, the pandemic has seriously shaken the country. There are more than 20.75 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 580 thousand deaths (August 31st), placing the country in the third position in the world in cases, and second place in deaths, in terms of absolute numbers. In relative terms, unfortunately, Brazil is in third place in deaths, considering countries with more than 10 million inhabitants and in the leadership of deaths among countries with more than 100 million inhabitants. The country has been fighting against the virus to reverse this unfortunate trend, and good news has now appeared with a notable decrease in the number of deaths and hospital admissions………..

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CIGRE UK NGN Innovation

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Promote and support innovation in the UK and create a platform for SMEs to come and deploy their innovative ideas.

About this event

Event theme

Achieving the net-zero target

Event objective

CIGRE UK NGN would like to promote and support innovation in the UK and create a platform for SMEs to come and deploy their innovative ideas.


9th and 10th of November 2021

Event arrangement

• SMEs to submit innovation ideas before the event

• Submitted innovation ideas to be marked by experts

• 6 Shortlisted ideas in total to be presented during the two day event

•  Keynote talks from National Grid and Energy Systems Catapult

• 1 networking session for each day

Benefits to SMEs

• Opportunity to showcase their work to a network of SMEs deploying ideas in similar areas

• 12-month CIGRE membership for each of the 6 SMEs

• Networking opportunities with other UK SMEs

Expression of interests

Please register your interest here. Further details will be sent at a later time.

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 (”

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