Plenary Lectures at ISGT Europe 2017 include:


Lessons learned from smart grids projects in Europe

Wednesday 27 September, Aula Magna, 10:10-10:50

Speaker: Marcelo Masera (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission)


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Automatic fault selection and self-healing techniques on Medium Voltage networks: first results from e-distribuzione large pilot experience of the new “Smart Fault Selection algorithms”

Thursday 28 September, Aula Magna, 8:45-9:30

Speaker: Lilia Consiglio (e-distribuzione, Italy)

Abstract: e-distribuzione, the largest Italian DSO, started experiencing automatic techniques for MV fault detection since early 2000s. The automatic selection of faulty sections is in operation all over the MV network, and allowed to significantly reduce the duration of outages (i.e. SAIDI). Nowadays the goal is to reduce the number of outages per customer, too (i.e. SAIFI).

The solution we are now testing at large scale, called “Smart Fault Selection”, has been ideated, developed and fine-tuned during the last 5 years thank to several Smart Grid pilot projects. The Smart Fault Selection (SFS) automation exploits the experiences done with the previous generation of algorithms and apparatus. SFS is based on always on and broadband communication and new field devices implementing IEC61850 protocol (including GOOSE); SFS allows not only to detect a fault and automatically isolate the faulty section (improving what implemented in the previous generation of automation techniques already in place), but also to do this with no outages affecting customer. SFS in now implemented over several MV networks, thus collecting real field results and allowing to further improve the end to end solution, from field devices and communication infrastructure to central systems.

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Grid Modernization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions

Friday 29 September, Aula Magna, 8:50-9:30

Speaker: Jianhui Wang (Argonne National Laboratory/Southern Methodist University, USA)

Abstract: Our aging grid infrastructure faces increasing challenges from multiple sources including greater demand variability, stricter environmental regulations and growing cyber security concerns.  Advanced smart grid technologies provide possible solutions to tackle these challenges. Meanwhile how to best utilize these new devices and technologies such as PMUs and electric vehicles remains a challenge by itself. In this talk, I will address various topics which span a multitude of areas including demand response, stochastic optimization for renewable integration, microgrids and cyber security. I will present the technical issues in implementing these technologies and corresponding potential solutions.

Biographical notes: Prof. Jianhui Wang is on the faculty of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and the Section Manager for Advanced Power Grid Modeling at Argonne National Laboratory.  He is the Secretary of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Power System Operations, Planning & Economics Committee. He has authored/co-authored more than 250 journal and conference publications. His work has been cited for more than 8000 times by his peers. He is an editor of Journal of Energy Engineering and Applied Energy. He has also held visiting positions in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong including a VELUX Visiting Professorship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Dr. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. He is the recipient of the IEEE PES Power System Operation Committee Prize Paper Award in 2015.


Reliability and resilience in low-carbon, low-inertia power systems: challenges, opportunities, and role of smart grid technologies

Friday 29 September, Aula Magna, 9:30-10:10

Speaker: Pierluigi Mancarella (University of Melbourne, Australia / The University of Manchester, UK)


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Industry contribution and readiness to cope with the current challenges in electrical grids: Technologies and Systems

Friday 29 September, Aula Magna, 10:10-10:50

Speaker: Paolo Perani (ANIE Energia, Italy)

Abstract: The integration of renewable energy into the grid in order to achieve the goals set by the European Union and the liberalization of the market lead the evolution of the electrical system to a new model in which the distribution grid becomes more and more important. At the same time, the evolution of information technology has made available data communication technologies to manage electrical grid, characterized by bi-directional energy flows, with flexible controls and real-time monitoring.

This new concept of the electrical system, now commonly known as Smart Grid, poses multiple challenges. The reference architecture for these grids must include both the physical and functional architecture of the various interoperable technological solutions and the market architecture within which they can operate. In general, applications for the Smart Grid can be effectively developed by ensuring a complete interaction between all components and actors in the electrical system.

Italy is already in an advanced position in this sector due to the high level of automation of the transmission and distribution system, the large amount of installed electronics counters and the high density of renewable generators in the grid. Nowadays also electrochemical storage systems are installed in order to improve the management of the grid. During the presentation, these technical solutions developed to make the grid more interoperable, more efficient and smarter will be presented.

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