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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – April 2021

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Cybersecurity and resilience in power system substations

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 14th April 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

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Cyberattacks to infrastructure systems motivated National Grid and the University of Manchester to seek solutions, techniques and devices that could become part of comprehensive defence systems. Two projects: Cyber Resilient Electrical Substation Technology (CREST) and Cyber Security for Legacy Equipment (CSLE) are currently in motion to investigate this topic. The university houses a laboratory with protection and control devices from multiple vendors, mimicking the secondary systems of a National Grid substation. These protection and control devices are connected to a real time simulated power system. The laboratory provided a realistic scenario to evaluate defence strategies in a multi-vendor environment without risking disrupting power delivery to the population.

These projects explored the literature from basic concepts like encryption and message signing to new developments (from both academia and industry) and investigated the applicability of many solutions in a practical environment. Many tests were conducted: attack scenarios, intrusion detection systems (IDS), software defined networks (SDN), networks with enhanced security features amongst other technologies. The projects identified how to improve security with currently available technologies and mapped topics to be explored in the future.

 

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Speaker Profile

Dr Daniel Texidor Dantas

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Dr Daniel Texidor Dantas is a post-doctoral research associated at the University of Manchester carrying out the research around the CREST project. He received his  PhD from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Before returning to the academia, he worked as a protection and control engineer for 5 years since his graduation as an electrical engineer from the University of Brasília, Brazil.

 

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Study Committee B1: The implementation of long AC HV and EHV cable systems Webinar

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The implementation of long AC HV and EHV cable systems

Thursday 4th March 2021 | 11:30 pm – 12:45 pm (GMT)

EHV underground cable systems have been available for a long time, but their development has been limited by large capacitance and dielectric losses as well as a relatively low current rating compared to Overhead Lines.

The difficulties in installing new Overhead Lines are making it essential to consider the use of longer underground cable links, as demonstrated by the increasing numbers of long AC cable projects. The Technical Brochure TB 680 covers most aspects of the implementation of long AC cable lengths both ground and submarine cables.

This CIGRE global webinar is presented by Fabien Renaudin and Volker Werle, members of CIGRE Working Group B1.47, “Implementation of long AC HV and EHV cable systems”, also published as Technical Brochure TB 680 (available from www.e-cigre.org).

To register for this webinar click on the link below:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2353309338746575885?source=CIGRE+website

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – March 2021

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Are Electricity Substations Ready for Net-Zero

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 10th March 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

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This presentation will focus on the range of substation specific challenges facing utilities and engineers in developing energy networks fit to support a net zero carbon economy. This will consider transmission and distribution systems and the range of opportunities to address external drivers around system access, technology evolution, engineering resource and smarter operations.

 

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Speaker Profile

 

Dr Mark Osborne

Mark OsborneDr. Mark Osborne is a Chartered Engineer and joined National Grid in 1997. He works in Electricity Transmission in the Engineering and Asset Management sector. Key activities include substation life-cycle design and development to incorporate new concepts in technology to meet the challenges facing the Electricity supply industry. He is active in the CIGRE B3 Substations Study Committee as a Strategic Advisory Group member, Special Reporter and UK Regular Member.

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Study Committee B5: Protection & Automation Webinars

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Announcing three webinars featuring recently published B5 Working Group Technical Brochures

These webinars are part of the CIGRE’ global webinar programme. If you are interested to attend, then please register for each webinar separately by clicking the links below.

 

CYBERSECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR PACS AND THE RESILIENCE OF PAC ARCHITECTURES, WG B5.66, TB 790

Tue, Feb 9, 2021 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CET     

https://www.cigre.org/article/GB/events/cigre-academy-webinars/cybersecurity-requirements-for-pacs-and-the-resilience-of-pac-architectures-wg-b566


PROTECTION AND AUTOMATION ISSUES OF ISLANDED SYSTEMS DURING SYSTEM RESTORATION/BLACK START, WG B5.54, TB 810
Fri, Feb 19, 2021 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM CET

https://www.cigre.org/article/GB/events/cigre-academy-webinars/protection-and-automation-issues-of-islanded-systems-during-system-restorationblack-start-wg-b554-tb-810


IEC 61850 BASED SUBSTATION AUTOMATION SYSTEMS – USERS EXPECTATIONS AND STAKEHOLDERS INTERACTIONS, WG B5.50, TB 819
Thu, Mar 25, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM CET

https://www.cigre.org/article/GB/events/cigre-academy-webinars/iec-61850-based-substation-automation-systems—users-expectations-and-stakeholders-interactions-wg-b5590

 


 

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CIGRE UK Technical Webinar – January 2021

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System development for a Net Zero future: keen, green and secure

An Online Technical Webinar

Wednesday 13th January 2021 | 12.30 to 13:30

The decarbonisation of the electricity network is accelerating and changes are happening at pace in government policy, regulation and technology. This is against the backdrop of increasing cost efficiency pressures and the ability to secure the network under a wider range of uncertain and extreme conditions. There is a substantial body of work progressing within C1 to understand and address the international challenges and opportunities presented, from network planning, investment and asset management perspectives.

This webinar will present insights from recent and ongoing work in Study Committee C1 including power system planning and investment with increasing DER and uncertainty, tools and methods to support this and consideration of whole system and multi-vector interactions.

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Speaker Profile

Dr Charlotte Higgins 

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Dr Charlotte Higgins has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector and has broad expertise in technology, economic and regulatory considerations for the future development of transmission and distribution networks. She has provided extensive independent advice to electricity regulators, transmission and distribution network owners on investment planning and regulation. Charlotte has also been involved in a number of ground-breaking electricity network innovation bids and projects, on the challenges and opportunities in decarbonising, decentralising and digitalising the grid. She is currently CIGRE UK Regular Member for Study Committee C1, Power Systems Development & Economics.

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Lightning Phenomena

NGN Webinar: Lightning Phenomena & Transmission Network Transients

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Lightning Phenomena & Transmission Network Transients.

A joint technical Webinar organised by the NGN sections of the United Kingdom and Austria

The Next Generation Network (NGN) seeks to facilitate a successful transition into the power systems industry for early-career professionals and students by providing technical resources and networking opportunities for personal and technical development.  Two subject matter experts will present current research activities in the fields of lightning research and voltage transients in transmission networks.

Date and Time: 12th November 2020 | 14:00 – 15:30 (BST) | 15:00 – 16:30 (CEST), Platform: Zoom

 

Agenda:

14:00 – 14:05 (BST) Opening
14:05 – 14:25 Introduction of CIGRE NGN AT & UK 14:25 – 14:55 Speech I by Lukas Schwalt
14:55 – 15:25 Speech II by Diptargha Chakravorty 15:25 – 15:30 Closing

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Topics:

Lightning Phenomena in the Alpine Region of Austria – Lukas Schwalt

In the first part of this presentation, an introduction about thunderstorm formation and lightning physics will be given and secondly the key findings of Dr. Schwalt’s PhD thesis “Lightning Phenomena in the Alpine Region of Austria” will be presented. The motivation for the PhD thesis was to gather lightning ground truth data for Austria out of on-site measurements, because this area shows high lightning activity. For this purpose, real processes of cloud-to-ground flashes were recorded with a high-speed video camera and an electric field measurement system. Analyses of this exclusive data set provide insights about lightning characteristics in general and for the alpine region in particular.

 

Effect of Network Parameters on the Transient Over-Voltage Phenomenon During System Restoration – Diptargha Chakravorty

System restoration is currently a transmission-led approach of starting large conventional generators with self-start capability and energising a skeleton network. Increasingly, transmission connected fossil-fuelled generators are decommissioned around the world to meet the emissions targets. This makes it imperative to explore the possibility of using distribution connected DERs to support the whole system restoration.  However, energisation of network elements such as circuits and transformers pose significant challenges such as switching transients, Temporary Over Voltage (TOV) etc which can reduce the available options to restore a network and lead to a higher number of circuit breaker switching to avoid damaging equipment. This presentation will discuss the impact of different network parameters such as the strength of the system, saturation characteristic of transformers etc on the TOV and ways to manage it during restoration.

 

Speakers:

Lukas Schwalt is a CIGRE NGN AT member and he is a Post-Doc researcher at Graz University of Technology, Institute of High Voltage Engineering and Systems Performance. After completing his master in Electrical Engineering at Vienna University of Technology, he successfully defended his PhD thesis “Lightning Phenomena in the Alpine Region of Austria” at Graz University of Technology in 2019. His main areas of research include cloud-to-ground lightning, measurements of lightning discharges, performance of lightning detection systems, lightning protection concepts and transient voltages on power lines. He is also involved in the Austrian Association for Electrical Engineering in the field of lightning protection, CIGRE B2 and C4 and served as the technical secretary for „CIGRE International Colloquium on Lightning and Power Systems ICLPS 2019” in Delft, Netherlands. He was awarded the “Young Scientist Award” at the International Conference of Lightning Protection ICLP in 2018.

Dr Diptargha Chakravorty is a Senior Consultant with TNEI Services. He is an electrical engineer with over 8 years of experience in the power industry, including a 4-year PhD on the impact of demand response on system stability from Imperial College London. He specialises in modelling and analysis of transmission and distribution networks and automation of system studies. His core expertise includes stability analysis, grid integration of renewable energy and power electronics converter control. He is currently the vice-chair of the Cigre UK NGN steering committee.

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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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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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Agenda

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.

 

Agenda

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)

Platforms

This event will be delivered via Zoom.

Event Materials

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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.