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CIGRE UK Membership Survey Results

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CIGRE UK Member Survey 2020 Webinar
The Results!
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 | 10.00 – 11.00

If you are interested to hear feedback from our member survey, why not join this webinar.  Darren Jones (CIGRE UK Membership Working Group Leader) will be reviewing the findings of the survey and opening up a discussion.


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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.


This Webinar series is kindly sponsored by Burns & McDonnell


Joining CIGRE

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Benefits and Applying to Join

There are many benefits in belonging to and participating within the world of CIGRE.  Our members tell us that there are nine major benefits that stand out.  For individual professionals, collective members and their wider organisations each benefit is enabled and substantiated by the CIGRE organisation, programme and outcomes it delivers.


1. Be prepared for the future

CIGRE’s unique structure and approach plugs members in to a future focused industry perspective simply not accessible from within a single organisation.

– CIGRE’s knowledge programme is derived from the latest collaborative expertise of thousands of industry professionals.

– CIGRE draws all this together into a strategy firmly focused on addressing the key issues, challenges and trends of the power system of today and tomorrow.

– CIGRE’s Technical Council channels the strategy into a comprehensive, pragmatic, constantly evolving technical programme of work.

– Using state of the art technology and techniques, CIGRE Working Groups systematically develop the workable, on the ground solutions the industry needs to succeed.

2. Learn from real world experiences, lessons and successes

As a collaborative, global community of pragmatic professionals, CIGRE members share best practice, technical expertise and solutions, openly and inclusively discussing and debating their real-world experiences, lessons and successes.  By connecting and learning in this way they save time and money and reduce risk.

3. Inform your decisions with diverse perspectives from every corner of the globe

To make optimal power system decisions at home it is essential to take a world view about approaches to the environment, legislation, regulation, technologies and markets.  CIGRE’s unique global network of practitioners allows experts to be deliberately selected to ensure a wide geographical representation.  Each Working Group usually has experts from each continent, not just Europe or USA.

4. Solve local challenges

At the heart of CIGRE are its 59 National Committees (NCs) spanning over 90 countries.  NCs are on the ground, local volunteer driven organisations.  They implement CIGRE’s global strategic and technical plans to develop solutions to power system challenges.  The solutions are shared across CIGRE’s global network, but ultimately applied locally.

NCs are where you’ll find the most motivated, knowledgeable power system professionals in your local industry. CIGRE gives you access to them and therefore the greatest opportunity to solve your local challenges, whether they be known or emerging.

5. Source the most authoritative reference information

Like the organisation itself, CIGRE publications stand alone as an authoritative technical source of power system knowledge and real-world solutions.  The continuously growing body of thousands of CIGRE publications available at is consistent in its unbiased, rigorous, pragmatic, applied nature.  Around the world power industry professionals use CIGRE publications to inform their planning, decision making, product, service and solution development.

6. Get unbiased facts

Another unique aspect about CIGRE is its not for profit, volunteer based, global make up.  CIGRE’s fact-based approach is completely unbiased, vendor neutral and open to inclusive, frank discussion and debate about any issues, trends and challenges facing the power industry.  There are no hidden agendas at CIGRE.

7. Gain access to world leading experts

The calibre of CIGRE members is very high.  Key CIGRE positions are filled by top technical people who have built their expertise over many years of power system experience, often internationally recognised by senior peers as world leaders.  This applies at all levels of CIGRE, from Working Group members to Study Committee and Technical Committee chairs.

The Technical Council is peer elected to the level of leadership in their particular domain, thereby forming a group of experienced experts covering all aspects of power delivery.

Access CIGRE experts as your peers in inclusive, collegial situations, learning from them at a nominal cost.

8. Grow your skills

Grow your individual and organisational skills through CIGRE’s unique peer to peer environment and broad training and educational opportunities.

Professional team development is made easy through CIGRE participation, particularly relevant for smaller or isolated organisations, who can’t easily access a peer to peer relationship.

9. Connect with your industry in a technical setting

Grow your individual and organisational network, profile and influence by participating at CIGRE events, on Working Groups and by writing and revising of reports and brochures.

Transmission and distribution utility professionals can connect with product and consulting firms and learn their innovations in a non-commercial environment where the technical side is their focus.

To apply to join CIGRE UK go to:


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Working Groups: August 2020

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Recently Announced Working Groups

We are pleased to announce that CIGRE has approved new Working Groups during July 2020 (see below).  The Study Committees are seeking one expert and one NGN person from the UK interested in serving on this Working Group. CIGRE is committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation and we invite all members to consider these opportunities.

If you or one of your colleagues are interested in participating in these Working Groups, please send a name, email address, and a brief current CV to the appropriate UK Study Committee Regular Member indicated below, with a copy to  The Working Group will be staffed quickly so your prompt response is necessary.

Please note that Working Group members should have their Organisation’s support to cover the time and expenses, including travelling to meetings which can be anywhere in the world.

The final choice of the members of a WG will be made by the SC Chair and the WG convener.
The Working Groups and the appropriate UK RMs are shown in the table below and the Terms of Reference can be obtained by clicking on the TOR link

Working groups UK Regular Member UK RM email
TOR-WG C2.18_Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control Systems – Decision Support for System Operators Ronan JAMIESON
TOR-WG B4.89 _Condition Health Monitoring and predictive maintenance of HVDC Converter Stations Carl BARKER



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E-Session 2020 & Centennial Session 2021

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The CIGRE e-session will be delivered using the CIGRE Academy webinar technology and run over nine days from Monday 24 August, to Thursday 3 September, 2020. This unprecedented event will offer a vast wealth of power system expertise, digitally shared from across the global CIGRE community.The e-session is a must see event for the serious professional that allows delegates to customise their experience to support their own ‘power system expertise’ requirements.The event will be opened on the Monday by current President Rob Stephen. Rob will update us on the exciting progress CIGRE is making across the global power system. This will be followed by Anne Olhoff’s keynote address ’Emissions gap report 2019’. Anne is Head of Strategy; Climate Planning and Policy at UNEP DTU Partnership. The opening ceremony will then conclude with CIGRE’s 2020 awards presentations. This will be followed by nearly two weeks of webinar presentations, tutorials, and workshops for delegates to choose from. These will be delivered over four parallel webinar channels.

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Webinar: Energy Challenges and Opportunities for Young Members

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We are excited and honoured to have the President of CIGRE and the Chair of CIGRE UK to share their insights.

Decarbonisation and the current pandemic has created challenges to power industry, but they have also created opportunities.  Here in the UK, the carbon intensity of the electricity system has halved over the last five years.   We have seen the longest period of coal-free operation in Britain (67 days) and an impressive 83.77% share of zero carbon sources on June 21.  These are underpinned by new technologies and more intelligent ways of using energy to tackle the challenges that decarbonisation brings.   These are the exciting areas where young engineers and professionals can get involve and contribute to the global effort of decarbonisation.

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Wednesday 19th August, 2020 02:00 PM (BST)

Platform: Zoom/Youtube

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Topics & Speakers

  • ‘Electricity Supply Systems of the Future – Challenges and Opportunities’ by Rob Stephen, President of CIGRE
  • ‘Energy Transition, Decarbonization and the Impact of COVID-19 on Our Industry and Implications for Our Next Generation Engineers’ by Adam Middleton, Chair of CIGRE UK, CEO of Siemens Energy B.V.

This event is organised by CIGRE UK NGN and will be kindly hosted by the University of Birmingham. It is also the first webinar of the Birmingham Power Systems Young Professional Seminar Series.  The series will invite leading experts worldwide to share their technical expertise and career advice with young professionals in the energy sector. It provides a platform for young professionals to learn and engage with peers around the globe.


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Member Profile: Polly Osborne

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Polly Osborne – a passionate champion for a sustainable world

Polly is a passionate individual who is all about making a difference to those around her and driving a better future for society through championing sustainable choices in her personal and professional life.  From small things like mandatory adoption of reusable cups through to delivering two industry leading net-zero projects in the energy sector, her influence extends way beyond her current position.  She is recognised in her Burns & McDonnell corporate HQ 5,000 miles away as a sustainability leader and has helped establish diversity policies in the UK organisation to achieve 33% of senior leaders as women.

She has made positive choices in her education and in her career, firstly a physics degree and then working at the Carbon Trust before embarking on an engineering degree so she could make practical differences to the way society engineers a lower carbon future.  Never accepting second best she achieved a distinction and a special merit prize.

She is a strong influencer for her family, friends and colleagues, holding all to account and leading by example.  It’s not always been easy, as she has had to battle institutional and everyday sexism in the workplace, from male bravado to ill-fitting PPE for women on construction sites.

As an assistant electrical engineer Polly would be expected to knuckle down and complete the work she is assigned, working predominantly inside the business with minimal client facing activity.  But Polly has done anything but.  She has been an outspoken advocate for Burns & McDonnell pursing projects that support net-zero outcomes and developing the engineering solutions that society desperately needs.  She asked to be the project manager and through mentoring now leads two projects, E-Port Smart Energy and Zero2050, both radical in their ambition, creating whole energy system roadmaps to decarbonisation.  At the professional level she is active in the sector’s women’s network and has recently presented two lectures, one to CIGRE and one to the IET on net-zero solutions.

As Burns & McDonnell UK STEM ambassador Polly leads initiatives to get the whole company engaged and active.  From the Big Bang Fair through to school engagement, with a focus on encouraging young women to overcome prejudice about what an engineer looks like and does.  Back in the office she supports the recruitment of female engineers through 1-to-1 engagement outside of the formal interview process and advocates for policies in the workplace that support flexibility and diversity.


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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).

This Webinar series is kindly sponsored by Burns & McDonnell


Future medium voltage distribution applications of power electronics

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The evolving distribution networks

Contributor: James Yu

Most responsible governments have committed to a low carbon economy. The UK government has set out a clear ambition to take on the leadership in this international transition. A low carbon electricity network is critical to enable and to realise such a commitment. Unlike a conventional network where centralised generation is to supply all the electricity demands, more and more distribution connected resources (most of them are in the form of renewables) are playing an increasing active role in electricity supply security and reliability. From engineering perspective, the phenomenon can be reflected as the controllable and bi-directional power flow between transmission networks and distribution networks; from the customer perspective, customer can also take on multiple roles simultaneously be a generator or active demand responses party.

The GB Energy System Operator has already made a clear commitment that by 2025, it will have transformed the operation of Great Britain’s electricity system and put in place the innovative systems, products and services to ensure that the network is ready to handle 100% zero carbon. [1] Picture 1

The majority of existing electricity networks were built in 1950s and 1960s, therefore a significant investment is required to renovate the network while expanding it at the same time to meet the electricity demand growth. GB networks operators have collectively been set to spend over £26billion between 2015 and 2023 to ensure GB grid can provide adequate available capacity to allow secure energy transfer to the customers, in additional to the £2billion per annum investment planned for transmission sectors  and the bespoke Strategic Wide Works such as the Shetland HVDC Link, estimated about £800m. Distribution Network Operator (DNO) serves as the direct interface and takes on active coordinating role between all market participants, facilitating the markets and services in a neutral and non-discriminatory manner.

This can be achieved by extending the current role of DNOs to that of Distribution System Operators (DSOs). An effective DSO model will reduce system balancing costs, whilst enabling the flexible networks necessary to facilitate customer’s use of low carbon technologies. [2]

Innovation and sustainability have to play the critical role in a post-Pandemic economy. the distribution network is evolved to have more visibility and more controllability than ever before. Decentralisation, Decarbonisation and Digitalisation are the main themes of the distribution network development. Commercial innovations and the engineering advancement alike are required to enable a smarter distribution networks to meet the future requirements of our customers. The technology advancement of power electronics and its commercial availability are the catalyst of this transformation.



The enabling function of power electronics

Power electronics will play a key role in power systems of the future with multiple functionalities. An important area of application is identified in the distribution networks for larger uptake of low carbon technologies. Moreover with the uncertain nature associated with renewable resources (such as solar and wind) and the distributed renewable resources an enhanced co-ordination and management is required. The engineering challenges associated with integrating the unprecedented level of distributed renewable generations can include but not limited to:

  • The unpredictable power flow from the embedded generation;
  • Imbalance of energy demand between the 3-phase of AC supply;
  • Wide voltage angle can prevent the connection between key circuits;
  • Voltage control at both transmission and distribution level;
  • Power quality

Power electronic device has been conventionally deployed at the renewable sector to fulfil the requirements set out in the Grid Code or Connection Codes, such as Fault Ride Through; Reactive power control (and the voltage control) on the connected busbar. With the help of power electronics solutions, power flow can be controlled in a wide range of conditions, and make it possible to implement widely.

The requirement to maintain a secure, reliable and economical distribution network has seen the increasing activities in both the engineering developments, such as

  • The power electronic material (silicon carbide power electronics),
  • Hardware design (e.g. new topology of converter; Solid State Transformer);

and the commercial innovation, such as:

  • The planning and ownership of Statcom at Grid side
  • Integrated function of synchronous condenser and Statcom to provide frequency support

[2] The customers are potentially paying distributed renewable generators over £1billion forecasted constraint costs within the coming two years (by April, 2022):–_including_new_services_–_forecast

Challenges with Power Electronic Devices

In additional to the ongoing engineering and commercial innovation in the power electronic sectors, there are still challenges prevailed over their widespread application in the power systems domain. The challenges associated with proliferation of power electronic devices in the distribution grids can include but not limited to:

  • Converter topology suitable for different voltage levels in the distribution grids
  • The selection of passive (inductors, capacitors and resistors) and power electronic components, with respect to size and power density.
  • Selection of suitable power electronic materials based on application and voltage level (Silicon Carbide, Gallium Nitride etc)
  • Reliability of the power electronic and its associated components
  • Cost of power electronic devices and associated control systems
  • Efficiency and power losses related to power electronic devices.

Existing Project (Pictures and reference)

CIGRE is an established international organisation and taking on the expectations to coordinate and standardise the relevant activities in this sector. Based on the previous efforts from working groups of both C6 (Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation) and B4 (HVDC and Power Electronics). The newly established collaborative working group: C6.B4.37: Medium Voltage Direct Current has been set up to champion the efforts at international level.

A power electronic-based network upgrade can solve the issues associated with the traditional MV systems such as active control of the active and reactive power, independent reactive power compensation, harmonics and unbalance on the on the AC grids. To this end, a few existing examples are presented here


Example 1: ANGLE DC Project

Angle-DC is a smart and flexible method for reinforcing MV distribution networks, operated by Scottish Power Energy Networks. Angle-DC provides controllable power electronic based flexible connection that facilitates enhanced bi- directional power flow between two sections of the network, Isle of Anglesey and North Wales. The project aims to convert the existing 33kV Alternating Current (AC) assets to DC operation and will trial the first flexible MVDC link in the GB distribution system. Moreover, the project will provide learning to bridge the gap between transmission network and low voltage distribution DC technologies. It is expected that Angle -DC will bring a total saving of £69.2m by 2030 and £396.0m by 2050.

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Figure 1 Single line circuit of the Angle-DC link with MVDC topology [1].


Example 2: LV Engine

LV Engine will trial the application of power electronic based smart transformers (STs) to facilitate the connection of Low Carbon technologies (LCTs). A ST is a power electronic device that provides multiple functionalities over and above standard voltage conversion of conventional transformers. SP Energy networks run the project and aims to demonstrate a low voltage Direct Current (DC) connection for LCTs. It is expected that LV Engine will bring a potential saving of £62m by 2030 and £528m by 2050.

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Figure 2 Connection Scheme of SST to LV network [2]


Example 3: UK Network Equilibrium project

The project aims to install a back-to-back power electronic convertor (AC-DC-AC) which will allow power transfers across two different 33kV networks, called Flexible Power Link (FPL).  The FPL will allow controlled transfers of both real and reactive power flows between the two networks. Western Power Distribution (WPD) as part of their “Network Equilibrium” project runs this activity. It is estimated that deploying such flexible power links across the UK could release 1.5 GW of capacity by 2050.


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Figure 3 Back-to-back Flexible power link connection between two grids [3].


Example 4, Indonesia

Coupling of an industrial grid including own generation, highly unbalanced and distorted load (arc furnace) with a public grid. There is a surplus of generated energy in the industrial grid, but both grids cannot directly be interconnected. A back-to-back converter with sufficient rating towards the industrial grid to compensate the unbalance and lower order harmonics interconnects both grids. It reduces the unbalance load on the industrial grid power generators, reduces the harmonics in the industrial grid and enables four-quadrant power transfer between both grids.

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Figure 4 Back-to-back Intertie connection between two industrial Grids [4].


Example 5, China – Wenchang Project

An MVDC system has been provided for CNOOC as part of the Wenchang platform submarine cable repair project. This was provided by the specialist power electronic equipment manufacturing RXPE on a turn-key basis.

The Wengchang project was started in 2010 as a result of customer negotiations and participation with the RXPE business, product development and engineering departments to help address the urgent loss of supply security problem. The MVDC was configured as a symmetrical bipole with a rating of 8 MVA / ±15kV, such that the positive and negative poles are identical and each pole can work independently of the other to provide security of supply to the remote platforms. The projects aims to convert a faulted 35 kV AC line to 3 MW DC line with voltage-source converter (VSC) topology as discussed in [5].

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Figure 6 8 MVA / ±15kV Wenchang MVDC project (a) Schematic diagram; (b) AC to DC operation schematic [5-6]


Example 6 Kylmäkoski, Finland

Pilot implementation of a point-to-point type of LVDC system implemented in co-operation with Elenia Oy (DNO) and ABB Oy Drives. Rectifier is a standard ACS800-11 module where only the bidirectional input power stage is used. The DC-voltage is boosted from normal 570VDC to 750VDC to minimize the DC-current and to maximize the available energy in DC-capacitor bank. The cabinet of the inverter consists of a 150 kVA converter module, an output transformer and an additional DC-capacitor bank as energy storage. The output transformer is a normal dry Dyn distribution transformer with a static shield and 460/400V transformer ratio.

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Figure 7 Schematics of the LVDC pilot setup [7].



[1] J. Yu, A. Moon ,K. Smith, and N. MacLeod, “Developments in the Angle-DC project; conversion of a medium voltage AC cable and overhead line circuit to DC,” CIGRE B4, Paris Session, 2018.


[2] Electricity NIC submission: SP Energy Networks– LV Engine, Nov 2017


[3]J. Berry, “Network equilibrium. Balancing generation and demand. Project progress report Dec 2015 – May 2016,” 17 June 2016. [Online].


[4] ABB, “PRS SFC INCO EN,” 4 August 2006. [Online]. Available:


[5] Y. Liu, X. Cao and M. Fu, “The Upgrading Renovation of an Existing XLPE Cable Circuit by Conversion of AC Line to DC Operation,” in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 1321-1328, June 2017.


[6] G. Bathurst, G. Hwang and L. Tejwani, “MVDC – The New Technology for Distribution Networks,” 11th IET International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission, Birmingham, 2015, pp. 1-5.


[7] T. Hakala, T. Lähdeaho and P. Järventausta, “Low-Voltage DC Distribution—Utilization Potential in a Large Distribution Network Company,” in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 1694-1701, Aug. 2015.



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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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.


Technical Knowledge Evening – Developments in System Harmonics

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The proliferation of power electronic devices is resulting in new challenges within the power quality area. One topic that has seen an increased level of attention within the power quality area is harmonic distortions.

Traditionally, harmonics have been dealt with at the planning stage and mainly at transmission level in detail. That trend continues today with an increased emphasis on all connections that include power electronic converters. However, it is not simply the sheer amount of increased connections that is driving this enhanced level of attention. The equipment being introduced as well as the system itself, is changing. In the past, harmonic injections were confined to a few characteristic harmonics, but this is no longer the case. With renewable generation technologies utilising inverter-based grid connection characteristics, it is quite common to see harmonic injections at a wider harmonic spectrum. The system is also changing with the addition of an increased share of cable circuits bringing the system resonant frequencies to the lower end of the frequency spectrum.

Standards, technical recommendation and/or industry guidance documents that are being relied upon are becoming outdated and require updating to accommodate this increased contribution. Furthermore, the need to plan the system, such that the contribution from many sources is minimized, is increasing – not just at transmission level, but also in distribution systems due to the increased integration of distributed resources.

The subject matter of the talk is going to be development/state of the art in harmonics with four subject matter experts reflecting from their experience in working with harmonics.

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Presentation and Discussion Topics:

  • Introductory talk on harmonics to provide a basic overview of the subject matter, historical treatment of various types of connections, types of harmonic studies and/or calculations, why the industry should be concerned about harmonics, what is being done and where, do we see any international trends, is the industry late in starting to deal with harmonic distortions, what is being done at standardisation level? The presentation and discussion will be led by PSC’s Dr Zia Emin.
  • The second talk will be on the application of the international standard (or rather the technical report adopted as standard by many countries) IEC 61000-3-6, and the difficulties faced in its application in complying with harmonic distortions by the TSOs that adopted the approach. This talk will concentrate on specific experiences of the Irish TSO, the difficulties of applying a methodology that provides relatively small emission limits, what can be done to alleviate these issues and how the standardization should take these into account in future revisions. The presentation and discussion will be led by a representative from EirGrid (Marta Val Escudero).
  • The third talk will concentrate on how the UK industry has taken the case of increased penetration of renewables and its impact on the system harmonics and how it went about revising the applicable industry recommendation to cover new areas and change the approach of allocated limits. The audience will be able to understand what is changing with the new standardization, what it brings and how that may impact the various connectees. This talk and discussion will be led by a representative of a UK transmission owner, who have been dealing with such system modelling issues and have first-hand understanding of the impact the changes will bring and what is going to change. (Dr Forooz Ghassemi)
  • The last talk takes the matter into distribution territory where quite a lot of changes are being observed. The talk will initially give an overview of the harmonic distortions from a distribution system level, before moving into active filtering. Development, both now and in the past, has been based on passive shunt mitigation measures when issues are encountered. However, with an increased number of inverter-based technologies, especially at distribution level, the possibility of changing the source of harmonic injecting devices into an opportunity where they can be utilized as active filters is gaining momentum. This talk will explore that angle and give the full background on an ongoing project where this is being tackled. The talk will be led by a distribution system engineer from Western Power Distribution, who is working actively on the harmonic mitigation via active filters project. (Chris Harrap).


The talks will be followed by a networking session with light buffet and drinks.

Kindly sponsored by PSC.



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Ms Marta Val Escudero is a Consultant Engineer in EirGrid. She received BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1994 and MPhil from the University of Bath (UK) in 2007. From 1997 to 2007 she was with ESB International (Ireland), working as a consultant in the area of power system modelling and analysis.Since 2007 she has been with EirGrid working in the Operations, Planning and Innovation Department. She is currently Team Lead in Innovation. Her main areas of responsibility include: (i) provision of support to Grid Controllers in relation to the on-line dynamic security assessment tool (WSAT) as well as maintenance of the dynamic models within the tool, and (ii) development of new decision support tools for the Control Centers in Dublin and Belfast to facilitate integration of non-synchronous renewable generation levels in excess of 65% SNSP combined with high values of RoCoF, in excess of 1 Hz/s.

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Dr Forooz Ghassemi received his Ph.D. degree from City University, London, U.K., in 1989. He has since been working in academia, manufacturing and utility sectors, all related to power system engineering. He is currently working for National Grid Electricity Transmission. He is involved in the connection of new grid users and setting design policies and specifications related to security and quality of supply. He is the named inventor of two patents, a Chartered Engineer in U.K., and Fellow of IET.


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Mr Chris Harrap is currently an Innovation and Low Carbon Networks Engineer at Western Power Distribution. Chris has extensive experience of electrical energy sector covering generation and distribution, having joined the industry in 1990. This has been accumulated from a variety of maintenance, operational and management roles in coal and gas power stations in the UK and in Portugal; and in asset management roles with UK distribution businesses. In addition, Chris has also worked within an engineering consultancy advising clients on a number of distributed energy schemes.  Most recently, Chris’ focus has returned to project engineering and project management, leading innovation work and projects.  This has included the FALCON project (techniques aimed at improving electricity distribution network capacity); Losses Investigation (assessing feeder specific HV and LV feeder technical losses); and most recently projects trialling alternative LV fault location equipment, and mitigation of harmonics.

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Dr Zia Emin received his PhD degree from The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom in 1997. He has worked as a specialist power system engineer with many years of experience in power quality and switching studies initially with National Grid and later with Parsons Brinckerhoff (later WSP) and PSC. He has extensive knowledge in all aspects of power system modelling including steady-state, frequency and time domain modelling and substantial experience in harmonic performance specification for HVDC converter stations, renewable generation connections and the connection of traction supply points. He is a Fellow of the IET, a Senior Member of IEEE, a Distinguished Member of CIGRE and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom. He is the Chairman of CIGRE Study Committee C4 Power System Technical Performance.


New Working Groups

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The following working groups have been announced: 


New Working Group Members Required JWG D1-B1-75


New Working Group Members Required B5.71


New Working Group Members Required B3.58


New Working Group Members Required C3.22 and B1.73

CIGRE UK Technical Events

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CIGRE UK B4 Liaison Meeting 

Monday 20th January 2020 | 11.30 – 17.00
WSP at The Mailbox – Birmingham



CIGRE UK members are activity engaged in support of Study Committee B4 (see Mission and Fields of Activity below) and its Working Groups.  This UK liaison meeting, kindly hosted by WSP at its offices in Birmingham, is an opportunity to understand the progress that has been made in a selection of Working Groups and hear from two guest speakers, both immersed in this field.  This is not only a technically rich event but also a great networking opportunity!

Please note that this is a CPD accredited event and certificates will be made available on request.


B4 Study Committee Mission

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 synthesising 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.

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11:30 – 13:00      Registration, Lunch and Networking

13:00 – 13:10.     Safety notice, CIGRE Compliance Guide, Introduction

13:10 – 13:40.     Guest Speaker – Norman MacLeod, WSP

13:40 – 15:00.      Working Group Update Session 1

15:00 – 15:20.     Refreshment Networking

15:25 – 15:45.     Guest Speaker – Chris Smith, National Grid

15:45 – 16:30.     Working Group Update Session 2

16:30.                 Closing Remarks/Summary

17:00.                 Close

Working Group Update Sessions

C2/B4.38 – Capabilities and requirements definition for Power Electronics based technology for secure and efficient system operation and control: Chris Smith

B4-64 – Impact of AC System Characteristics on the Performance of HVDC Schemes: Robin Preece

B4.68 – Revision of Technical Brochure 92 – DC Harmonics and Filtering: Nigel Shore

B4-71 – Application guide for the insulation coordination of Voltage Source Converter HVDC (VSC HVDC) stations: Amit Kumar

B4-72 – DC grid benchmark models for system studies: Jun Liang

B4-74 – Guide to Develop Real-Time Simulation Models (RTSM) for HVDC Operational Studies: Ziming Song

B4-75 – Feasibility Studies for assessment of lab losses measurement of VSC valves: Colin Davidson

TF B4-77 – AC Fault response options for VSC HVDC Converters: Carl Barker for John Gleadow

B4.81 – Interaction between nearby VSC-HVDC converters, FACTs devices, HV power electronic devices and conventional AC equipment: Omar Jasim

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Speaker Profiles

Dr Norman MacLeod: Guest Speaker


Dr Norman MacLeod studied at the University of Strathclyde, UK, from where he received his BSc and PhD degrees.  He joined Alstom Grid (now GE) in 1976 to work in the Power Transformer division and transferred to the HVDC division in 1981.  Dr Macleod held many posts within Alstom Grid, including Systems Engineering Director and Technology Director.  In 2012 he joined the consultancy firm Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP), where he is the Director of the Interconnectors department.  Dr MacLeod is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET (UK) and a Member of the IEEE (USA).  He is an active member of CIGRE and received the Distinguished Member award in 2014.  Dr MacLeod is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds and Cardiff in the UK.

Dr Chris Smith: Guest Speaker and C2/B4.38 presenter


Dr Chris Smith is presently employed as a technical specialist within National Grid Ventures.  He has been directly involved in the development of a NEMO link, North Sea Link, IFA2 and Viking Link Interconnectors.  Prior to joining National Grid he was a Strategic Growth Technology Leader at GE Power Conversion focusing on HV and MV DC applications.  He has also previously held technical and project management roles in Power Generation and Manufacturing industries.

Dr Robin Preece: B4-64


Dr Robin Preece is a Senior Lecturer in Future Power Systems in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester, where he has been an academic since July 2014. Since then, he has helped to secure over £4 million in funding for the University of Manchester.  Dr Preece has published more than 60 international peer-reviewed publications, has presented his research at major international conferences hosted by the IET, IEEE, IFAC, and Cigré, and is actively involved in numerous international working groups on the stability of future power systems.

Dr Nigel Shore: B4-68


Dr. Shore graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1973, then completed a Ph.D. on “Minicomputer Control of HVDC Converters” 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 he 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 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 has been active in IEEE and IEC, and within CIGRE he has participated in eight Working Groups, four of which as Convenor. He received the Technical Committee Award in 2014. Dr. Shore is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of the IET.

Prof Jun Liang: B4-72


Prof. Jun Liang from Cardiff University has over 27 years’ experience in high voltage DC (HVDC) transmission, power electronic converter control, power system stability operation and control. He currently leads a research group in power electronics and HVDC for renewable power generation and transmission. He has obtained research funding over £10 M, including £5 M external funding in 20 projects. In particular, he is the Coordinator and Scientist-in-Charge of two EC Marie-Curie Action ITN/ETN projects: MEDOW (€3.9M) and InnoDC (€3.89M). He has published over 180 papers including 90 journal papers, 1 book in IEEE/Wiley, and 4 book chapters. He has supervised 28 PhD students with 16 of them graduated so far. The research in DC grids for offshore wind power is at the world leading position.  He is an IET Fellow, the Chair of UK&RI Chapter of IEEE Power Electronics Society, Vice Chair of IEEE PELS Region 8 committee promoting IEEE membership, an Organising Committee member of the IET ACDC conferences, a committee member of several CIGRE Working Groups, the Technical Secretary of the CIGRE WG B4-60, C6/B4-37, an Editorial Board Member of CSEE JPES, a Guest Editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Delivery, a Chair of the European HVDC PhD Colloquium, and technical committee members of several international Conferences. He has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Changsha University of Science and Technology of China, Northeast China Electric Power University, and North China Electric Power University.

Amit Kumar: B4-71


Amit Kumar, received B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from YMCA Institute of Engineering Faridabad, India in 2009 and an M.Tech. degree in Power System from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India in 2011.  Presently he works as ‘Team Leader – HVDC System Design Engineering’ in HVDC Centre of Excellence, in GE, Stafford, United Kingdom. He has been with GE since 2013 and his area of expertise includes Main Circuit Design, Insulation Co-ordination and Harmonic Filter Design for LCC and VSC HVDC System.  He has worked as a domain engineer in Distribution Automation R&D group of ABB corporate research centre, India from 2011 to 2013. Amit has several patents filed in ABB & GE and contributed in papers in international conferences/seminars

Colin Davidson: B4-75


Colin Davidson is Consulting Engineer – HVDC, at GE Grid Solutions HVDC Activity, whose Centre of Excellence is in Stafford, UK.  He joined the company in January 1989, when it was part of GEC, and progressed through the positions of trainee Thyristor Valve Design engineer; manager, Thyristor Valves; engineering director and R&D Director, to his current role. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and has served on several IEC standardisation committees for HVDC and FACTS. He has a degree in natural sciences, specialising in physics, from the University of Cambridge.

Ziming Song: B4-74


Ziming Song received a B.Eng. (Hons) from Lanzhou University of Technology, China, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Strathclyde, UK in 1982 and 1989 respectively.  From 1989 to 1996, he was an engineer and then senior engineer with the GE Grid, Stafford, UK. From 1998 to 2014, he was with the National Grid as a senior engineer and then technical specialist. Currently, he is a chief specialist on the HVDC with Toshiba International (Europe) in the UK. He served as the chair of the VLPGO WG5 and has been working on the technical committee of the IET ACDC conference for several years. He was invited to several international power conferences as the keynote speaker. He is a chartered electrical engineer in the UK, a Fellow of the IET, and a visiting professor at Lanzhou University of Technology. His professional interests include the HVDC, FACTS, power grid analysis and operation and renewable energy grid connection.

Carl Barker: B4-77


Carl Barker 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, the regular member for CIGRE B4 for the UK and an honorary visiting professor at Cardiff University.

Dr Omar Jasim: B4-81


Dr Omar Jasim received a B.Sc and M.Sc from University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq in 1998 and 2001 respectively. He received the CTES Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholarship delivered by London Business School, Imperial Collage London and University of Cambridge, UK and received a PhD degree in fault tolerant variable speed drives from University of Nottingham, UK in 2009.

His skill and expertise range from Core converter control in Power Electronics through to High Voltage Engineering, Network Protection and Control. Management

In recent years he been part of activities that show experience in designing control algorithms of HVDC converter topologies and technologies. He has extensive experience in control design for Power systems. He has provided career and competence development of team members, inclusive of coaching, mentoring and training. He has filed over 35 Patents and 20 publications and has been heavily involved in HVDC VSC project delivery such as DolWin3, South West and France-Italy projects.

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This event is kindly hosted by WSP