NGN Previous Events

CIGRE UK NGN Past Events:

The CIGRE UK NGN organises a number of events for its members throughout the year.  At Technical Events, you can find out about the latest power system developments and network with your peers; at the monthly Steering Committee conference calls, the committee members organise the NGN; while the Annual General Meeting (AGM) combines these two and gives an opportunity for the members to direct the NGN’s future.  Our previous events can be found below.

As well as the Paris Session, CIGRE UK hosts a number of events that NGN members can attend.  Please also check the UK National Committee events page for other events that may be of interest to NGN members. If you have an idea for an NGN event, or would like to host one, please let us know by emailing

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CIGRE NGN Joint Wind Energy Webinar

On Wednesday 17th, June 2020, 14:00 – 16:00 (BST), the CIGRE UK and CIGRE Ireland NGN came together to have their first joint, online webinar on wind energy.

The event was based on the background of the growing research and application of wind energy in the past decades of years. 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?

Four guest speakers were invited to share their perspective and experience on wind energy, including the latest research and development, pilot and commercial projects. The detailed information of the guest names and corresponding topics were:

  • Professor Vladimir Terzija, “Smart Frequency Control in Power Systems with a High Penetration of Nonsynchronous Generation”
  • 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”
  • Dr Xianxian Zhao, “Fast Frequency Support from Wind Turbine Systems by Arresting Frequency Nadir Close to Settling Frequency”

The event was successfully organised with more than 100 participants. Apart from the presentations, interactive polls and Q&A sessions were also taken place. With the rapid development of wind energy technology, the wind generation is anticipated to be one of the most significant contributors to meet the UK’s ambitious net-zero emission target.

CIGRE NGN Young Member Showcase Competition

In anticipation of the upcoming Global Young Member Showcase event in CIGRE Paris Session in August 2020, the NGN Committee of CIGRE UK hosted a presentation competition at the University of Manchester on 5th February 2020 to select UK young professional representatives for this global showcase event in Paris. This event allowed for a select group of young professionals to showcase their contributions to the latest solutions across the whole energy value chain, from generation to distribution, allowing for the opportunity to win tickets to the CIGRE Paris Session 2020 and potentially a bursary for travelling.

The abstracts submitted by the candidates were firstly assessed by the NGN steering committee and 10 candidates were invited to present their work in the presentation competition event on 5th February 2020, where they were judged by a panel of four senior CIGRE UK members, with extensive combined experience across a range of working categories in the energy sector. The CIGRE UK NGN committee is glad to announce that the four successful candidates to be nominated for attendance of the Paris Session in 2020 are:

  • Victor Timmers, a graduate power system engineer at Mott MacDonald, delivered an engaging presentation focusing on the development of a zero missing phenomenon identification tool.
  • Giulio Riccardi, an electrical engineer at Mott MacDonald, provided an overview of how digital engineering facilitates cable system design focusing on the Wimbledon cross site cable system project.
  • Gen Li, a researcher at Cardiff University, presented a striking method for analysis and protection of valve-side single-phase-to-ground faults in HB-MMC based bipolar HVDC systems.
  • Polly Osborne, an electrical power engineer at Burns & McDonald, delivered an exciting presentation outlining an innovative local energy master plan to decarbonise an industrial town, utilising a whole-system approach to energy.


CIGRE NGN Young Member Showcase Competition

CIGRE NGN Visit to St John’s Wood Substation, London, England

On Tuesday 26th November 2019, members of the CIGRE UK NGN visited the St John’s Wood substation in London, one of most compact and complex substations operated by National Grid. This substation is the grid supply point (GSP) for both Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea boroughs. St John’s Wood substation hosts what is known as The London Connection, a 20km tunnel for a 400kV XLPE cable connection between Elstree and St John’s substation. This connection supports the supply for North West London and the City.

Before starting the visit around the substation, Julio Perez gave an overview of CIGRE UK and the activities organised by the NGN. Following this, James Watson from National Grid delivered a technical presentation on the importance of St John’s substation in the high-voltage supply for London, its configuration, as well as the type of equipment found at the substation.
After a safety briefing by James, the first stop was The London Connection underground tunnels, which houses the 400kV XLPE cables used for the connection to another major substation, Elstree. The London Connection is part of a series of underground tunnels designed to meet the increasing electricity demand from London whilst minimising road disruption.


Then we visited one of the buildings containing some of the gas-insulated switchgear, to reconfigure the supply points when required. James explained to us how the gas-insulated mechanism operated to interrupt an arc when opening circuit breakers and also what are the main procedures for managing faults. At the end of the visit, we had the chance to visit one of the main super-grid transformers which serve to step-down the voltage from the transmission level, from 400kV to 132kV.


CIGRE NGN Visit to Neilston Substation, Glasgow, Scotland

On Tuesday 10th Sep 2019, the CIGRE UK NGN hosted an event in Glasgow. The whole day event was composed of a series of technical presentations, from both industry and academia, followed by a visit to the Neilston substation.

Professor Campbell Booth, Head of the EEE Department at the University of Strathclyde opened the session. The first talk was an introduction of CIGRE delivered by Jingyi Wan, the CIGRE UK NGN Secretary and Treasurer. Followed by Dr Min Zhang from the University of Strathclyde, on how superconductors offer new solutions for the modern grid and a feasibility study of superconducting cables in the UK distribution network.


Dr Diptargha Chakravorty from TNEI presented his work on the Electric Spring, a controllable load for voltage and frequency regulation – jointly developed by Imperial and Hong Kong university.

Next, Mr Marcel Nedd from the University of Strathclyde introduced Frequency Containment, Electricity System Operator’s concepts for new dynamic frequency response service and how these services could affect the penetration limits of non-synchronous power infeed in GB.

Finally, Mr Antony Cooke from South Humber Bank Power Station presented what is a Combined Cycle Gas Turbines (CCGT), how synchronous generators respond to frequency excursions and how a CCGT’s control concept could be modified to provide faster response to frequency.


The afternoon session started with an overview of Phoenix project by Mr Craig Hume from Scottish Power Energy Networks followed by a visit to the Neilston substation. The Phoenix project explores the option of combining two technologies; Synchronous Condensers and Static Compensators to develop a hybrid solution.


CIGRE NGN-IEEE Student Branch Joint Event, University of Manchester, UK

On Wednesday 17th July 2019, the IEEE Student Branch UoM and the CIGRE UK NGN co-hosted an event at The University of Manchester. The event attracted 24 attendees, mostly new MSc and first-year PhD students.

The event had two primary aims: to increase awareness of IEEE Student Branches / Chapters and CIGRE NGN; and bring attention to the types of resources useful to young researchers produced by the IEEE and CIGRE.

These aims were met in the event through three talks. The first was delivered by James Hill, the CIGRE-UK NGN Institutions Collaborations Lead and Past-Chair of the IEEE PES Student Branch Chapter at UoM. His talk introduced the two institutions of IEEE and CIGRE, explained which publications are available from them, and how to be involved and get the most from the Student / NGN societies.

After this introduction, Prof. Paul Jarman explained how research can actively influence the direction that standards take, and conversely, how standards can help to influence and direct our research. Prof. Jarman drew on his vast experience from involvement with standards related to transformers to explain the process required for their establishment and revision.

Finally, Dr. Mathaios Panteli presented on his experience as a young researcher involved in a CIGRE working group during his PhD. He highlighted how beneficial this was to his career and how ideas he got from conversing with the senior personnel he was exposed to in this environment helped to add significant value to his final thesis.


CIGRE NGN Visit to Boskalis’ Cable Barge, Vlissingen, Netherlands 

On Thursday 3rd May 2018 a group of 14 Cigre-UK NGN members travelled to the Netherlands for a unique opportunity to visit Boskalis’ Giant 7 cable barge.

The day started with technical presentations at Boskalis’ offices in Vlissingen where attendees were able to learn about subsea cable installation and repairs, and the interesting challenges faced. This was followed by an introduction to some of Boskalis’ past and present projects as well as a visit to their storage site at Vlissingen port where there was the opportunity to see the newly-built BS-III trenching tool .Cable-ship-2-300x225

In the afternoon, the group travelled to Rotterdam where the Giant 7 barge  was docked. The barge was being made ready for service and this allowed a great opportunity to explore and to understand the amount of work that goes in behind the scenes before the cable and trenching tool can be brought on board.

We would like to thank all of our attendees for their enthusiasm and questions throughout the day, and of course the team at Boskalis for their hospitality and especially for letting us stay on board for an extra couple of hours due to the interest and number of questions! Special mention goes to Hans Veth and Jack Wattel at Boskalis and to Tony Zymelka from ESCA (European Subsea Cables Association)/BBP Cables for their support in the organisation of this unique and fantastic event.

Following this success, we hope to add another cable ship visit to our 2020 events calendar so watch out for information on this soon!cable-ship-1-300x225

CIGRE Paris Session 2018 Young Member (YM) Showcase

On Tuesday 20th February the Young Member (YM) Showcase competition was held at Manchester University to select 4 candidates to be put forward to the international round of the competition. The day consisted of 10 short-listed presentations which where judged by Carl Baker, Qiang Liu, Suipipi Weerasinghe, Simon Sutton and Aruna Gunatilake.
The lucky winners will now be put forward as the UK nominations to the international YM showcase for an opportunity to present at the CIGRE Paris session 2019. Up to 32 Young Members from across the world (2 per study committee) will be chosen for this prestigious prize.

Congratulations to the winners of the UK competition:

  • Jonathan Bowes
  • James Dixon
  • Lewis Hunter
  • Papiya Dattaray

After the presentation tours ofThe National Graphine Centre, HV lab and RTDS labwere organised. The NGN committee would like to thank Manchester University for hosting this event, and for the judges who gave up their own time to attend the event.


10 Years of NGN Evening Event

In October 2017 we celebrated 10 years since CIGRE’s first Next Generation Network was set up here in the UK. The event was kindly hosted by Siemens UK in Manchester and successfully attracted 74 attendees. The opening speech was given by Philippe Adam, the CIGRE Secretary General. Adam Middleton, the Chair of CIGRE UK, and Jonathan Halliday, the founder of CIGRE UK NGN, gave talks to share their experience in CIGRE. The event also highlighted by the outlook for the future power system digitization technologies and wrapped up with the networking and poster session, which allow the young members to present their works.
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CIGRE UK NGN Hunterston B Power Station Event 

On 28 June 2017, the CIGRE UK NGN had a successful event at the Hunterston B Power Station.  Our guest speakers Colin Foote and Alan Davenport from Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) gave very interesting talks on the developments in SPEN network and specifically the Western Link project. The event also included a technical tour to the plant, which gave the attendees an excellent opportunity to see and know more about how the plant is operated and maintained. The event was fully booked with 28 young professionals from utilities, consultancy companies and research institutes.hunterston-e1501859720421-300x216

Join the NGN or CIGRE UK:

To join the NGN please fill out the application form at this link and to join CIGRE UK (as a non-NGN member) please go to this link.