Panel Sessions at ISGT Europe 2017 include:


Inside EU Project MIGRATE – Power Quality Challenges and Solutions at Very High Shares of Renewables in Transmission

Wednesday 27 September 2017, Aula Magna, 11:20-13:00


Kai Strunz, TU Berlin, Germany (Curriculum Vitae)


  • Christoph Buchhagen (Curriculum Vitae), Tennet, Germany: The TSO Perspective on Massive Integration of Power Electronics in Transmission
  • Jaka Žvab (Curriculum Vitae), ELES, Slovenia: Next-Generation Power Quality as an Essential Contribution to MIGRATE
  • Jako Kilter (Curriculum Vitae), Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia: Identification of Critical Power Quality Phenomena
  • Boštjan Blažič (Curriculum Vitae), University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Simulation Models for Power Quality Studies in Power Electronics Rich Power Networks
  • Elvisa Bećirović (Curriculum Vitae) and Jovica Milanović (Curriculum Vitae), University of Manchester, UK: Modelling and Propagation of Harmonics in Power Electronics Rich Transmission Networks

Key questions addressed:

  • What is Massive Integration of Power Electronics (MIGRATE) about? What was the motivation of the Transmission System Operators to start this European initiative?
  • Why is power quality a central issue to succeed in massive power electronic integration?
  • How do we use simulation to study power quality challenges?
  • Can power quality phenomena travel through the grid?
  • What are the key research questions of power quality?


Defining Planning and Operation Guidelines for Future Smart Distribution Grids – The SmartGuide Project

Thursday 28 September 2017, Aula Magna, 9:30-10:50


Filipe Soares, INESC TEC, Portugal (Curriculum Vitae)


  • Bruna Tavares (Curriculum Vitae), Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES), INESC TEC, Portugal: Advanced methods and algorithms to optimize distribution systems planning
  • Stig Simonsen (Curriculum Vitae), Skagerak Nett AS, Norway: The benefits from the use of smart meter data in planning and operation of the distribution grid
  • Hanne Sæle (Curriculum Vitae), SINTEF Energy Research, Norway:  Methodology for forecasting of demand and production of electricity from prosumer in the distribution grid
  • Pedro Almeida (Curriculum Vitae), Smarter Grid Solutions, Portugal: Distributed generation curtailment assessment under active network management systems
  • Julian Wruk (Curriculum Vitae), University of Wuppertal, Germany: Deriving planning and operation guidelines considering different perspectives in Europe

Key questions addressed:

  • How will flexible resources affect the planning of distribution networks?
  • How to deal with uncertainty in grid planning?
  • How to improve long-term generation/demand forecasting for planning purposes?
  • How to use smart meters’ data to improve grid planning and operation?
  • How to define general planning and operation guidelines for smart grids in Europe?


This special session is related with an ongoing ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Project, the SmartGuide.

The need to decrease fossil fuels dependency and the policies imposing the reduction of  greenhouse gas emissions are inducing several changes in the planning and operation of distribution grids. Future distribution systems will come across many modifications mostly due to large-scale integration of distribution energy resources, such as

electric vehicles, micro-generation units, smart appliances and storage devices. The uncertainty related with the future integration of these resources will make distribution systems planning and operation a more complex and much harder task.

Given this context, the SmartGuide project aims to develop improved and generalised planning and operating guidelines for European smart distribution systems, considering renewable energy sources (RES) and demand-side services that arise from smart market applications (e.g. demand response, ancillary services provision, etc.). Country specific planning and operation principles will be derived using network data and expertise of operational network planning from several European distribution system operators (DSOs). These principles will be used to develop an European planning guideline for using smart grid technologies in distribution networks. The guideline is supposed to assist DSOs in the operation and planning of future distribution systems with large- scale integration of smart grid technologies. Different software modules will also be developed in the project to identify future networks reinforcement requirements and cost-effective smart grid solutions to be implemented.

The project and this special session are related with several topics addressed in the ISGT- Europe conference, such as the interoperability of smart grid technologies, the system integration of distributed energy resources, the planning of smart grid assets, interactions with the grid by electric vehicles, regulations and codes for smart grids, among others.


IEEE EPPI Working Group on Energy: Challenges for Energy Policy in Europe: a technologists’ approach

Thursday 28 September 2017, Aula Magna, 11:20-13:00


Jef Beerten, KU Leuven & EnergyVille, Belgium, IEEE EPPI WG Energy chair (Curriculum Vitae)


In the field of energy, policy plays a crucial role in determining the pace of technological development and deployment of new technology. It is therefore important that the engineering society keep an open dialogue with policy makers to leverage knowledge and provide policy makers with recommendations to address technology-related policy.
In this panel session, we will explore the links between technologies that are crucial to the energy revolution and the relevant European energy policy. Through the ongoing work in the working group, the panellists will highlight opportunities and challenges, both for the technology, as well as for the policy.
About us:
The IEEE European Public Policy Initiative (EPPI) was created in 2013. The Initiative aims at expanding the dialogue between the European engineering community and European public authorities to enable technologists to more easily share their expertise and concerns and to enable the EU institutions and other policy stakeholders to more easily obtain technologists’ input in matters relating to IEEE’s fields of interest.
The Energy Working Group is comprised of 12 leading electrical engineers from all walks of life, including academia and industry. The group develops technical policy statements and other documents (e.g., white papers, responses to consultations, etc.) on a wide range of issues with the aim of informing policy makers at the technical level on key topics in the energy realm.



  • Jef Beerten (KU Leuven & EnergyVille, Belgium)
  • Julian Barquin (Endesa, Spain)
  • Brian Kirby (Kirby Automation, UK)
  • Pierluigi Mancarella (University of Melbourne / The University of Manchester, Australia / UK)
  • Michal Wierzbowski (Lodz University of Technology, Poland)
  • Matthias Berger (IIASA, Singapore ETH Centre, Luxemburg/Switzerland)
  • Ana Cigarán Romero (50 Hertz, Germany)

Key questions addressed:

  • Will we still need a power grid? What could this grid look like technology-wise, how do we redefine its role and who will still pay for it?
  • Will we still need  power engineers? How do we integrate the move towards multi-energy systems and data and ICT in the curriculum and is the technical community ready for this challenge?
  • How to ensure the synergies? How do we facilitate the interactions between different forms of energy and what will be the influence of the electrification of our energy system?
  • How to plan for the future? What future do we plan for and how do we account for varying challenges across different regions? How can we integrate energy system planning with our technical know-how?


Understanding system resilience in critical infrastructures

Friday 29 September 2017, Aula Magna, 11:20-13:00


Rodrigo Moreno, University of Chile & Imperial College London (Curriculum Vitae)
Pierluigi Mancarella, The University of Melbourne & The University of Manchester (Curriculum Vitae)


  • Pierluigi Mancarella, The University of Melbourne & The University of Manchester
  • Mathaios Panteli, The University of Manchester
  • Rodrigo Moreno, University of Chile & Imperial College London
  • Jenny Moreno, The University of Manchester
  • Enrico Maria Carlini, TERNA
  • Corrado Gadaleta, TERNA
  • Niccolo’ Santino Tolu, TERNA
  • Paolo Visca, Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Torino

Key questions addressed:

  • What is resilience in power networks and why now?
  • How to measure resilience?
  • How to make resilient decisions in network planning?
  • How to include societal aspects of resilience?
  • What are the current practices in industry?