CIGRE NGN India and UK Collaborative Webinar | Thursday 25th July 2024 | 12:00-13:00 (BST)

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  • 2nd July 2024
NGN India and UK Webinar

About this Technical Webinar:

The initial segment of the webinar provides an overview of the history and current state of substation automation. It highlights IEC 61850 standard which created a revolutionary phase in substation protection and control application. Initially, this standard was applied as a station bus, now it has broadened to include the process bus. The later part of the webinar covers virtualization, which has marked the beginning of protection and control application in the form of software deployment on third-party hardware, thus enabling the easy introduction of new players, increasing competition and fostering an innovation mindset. The discussion shall also touch upon the need for enhanced specification, engineering and testing concepts for ensuring adequate performance of the systems.



Deepa Shaji Kumar CEng

Project Manager – Innovation Development | SSEN Transmission, UK

Deepa Shaji Kumar CEng

Deepa works in the Whole System Innovation team at SSEN Transmission. In the present role, she is working on smart flexible grid management schemes to optimise the utilisation of transmission networks and enhance the hosting capacity to support the integration of large-scale low-carbon technologies, thus accelerating the net zero transition.

Prior to this Deepa worked with PNDC, University of Strathclyde, a whole energy systems research, test and demonstration facility on cutting-edge innovation projects in the field of Digital Substations. And Deepa has over 11 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer in the transmission sector in India, at Powergrid Corporation of India Ltd. during 2009-2021, with experience ranging from construction, testing & commissioning to operation & maintenance of IEC 61850 based EHV substations.

Her key areas of experience and research include IEC 61850-based digital substation automation, protection & control, Synchrophasor based System Integrity Protection Schemes, power system stability, and HIL simulation using RTDS

Gopal Subramaniam MIET

Lead Protection & Control Engineer | Jacobs Solutions, India.

Gopal Subramaniam MIET

Gopal works as Lead Protection & Control Engineer at Jacobs and he has over 12+ years of experience in Power System Protection & Control area including design and testing & commissioning. Currently he is working in an offshore team for UK National Grid T&D projects and is responsible for checking and reviewing of the P&C designs. Throughout his career he has extensively worked in utility and industrial substations in areas of protection & control and IEC61850 based substation automation systems for national and global projects.

He holds a Bachelor’s in electrical & Electronics Engineering and is due to finish his online MBA in Power Management this year. He is a CIGRE member since 2021 (B5 Protection & Automation) and currently part of CIGRE NGN India Core Committee (as Webinar Co-ordinator) and is a member of IET (UK). He is also a CEng of Institution of Engineers, India.