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Grid Modernization: Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid

On April 6, at the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna, in the presence of some 100 people – colleagues, including Cecilia Metra, President-Elect of the IEEE Computer Society and Ferruccio Trifirò, President of the Bologna Science Academy, PhD, MS and BS students – John McDonald, IEEE Life Fellow and IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer since 1999, gave the seminar “Grid Modernization: Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid”.

John McDonald during his Distinguished Lecture Program (DLP) seminar at the University of Bologna, School of Engineering and Architecture

Participants were familiarized with a vision for Grid Modernization, focusing on technological advancements beyond Smart Grid. The technological advancements included key industry/ societal trends, Smart Grid concepts, holistic solutions, integration of microgrids and distributed generation, and Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) software applications. John also covered feeder automation business models, managing different types of data, big data, analytics, enterprise data management, Smart Grid standards and interoperability, and Smart Grid deployments and lessons learned.

After the session, coordinated by Carlo Alberto Nucci, IEEE Fellow and Professor at the University of Bologna, quite a few questions and comments were raised by the attendees, as the seminar was quite stimulating for students and colleagues. The seminar was an initiative of the IEEE PES Italy Chapter, chaired by Stefano Massucco, Professor at the University of Genova.