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IEEE Power Energy Society (PES) and EESA JoinTechnical Seminar

November 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Presentations by Two Prominent Speakers from ISGT-Asia 2017

Title (Presentation 1): Maximizing Transmission Network Potential with Power Flow Control Technology

Presenter 1: Frank Lambert, IEEE PES Vice-President for Chapters

Abstract (Presentation 1): 

Rapid changes in generation and load profiles are becoming increasingly unpredictable and therefore challenging for transmission organizations to resolve with conventional network tools. For decades electric utilities have relied on their ability to build new transmission assets, but now in addition to having less clarity around future needs, are also facing greater hurdles to complete these construction or upgrade projects due to mounting public resistance and more stringent environmental compliance requirements. An emerging and alternative solution involves deploying power flow control devices installed on existing transmission networks to dynamically adjust line impedance and optimize the transmission system. This approach represents a new strategy for electric utilities as they consider the way that the electric grid is planned, built, and operated in a less predictable future.

Biography (Presenter 1)

Frank C. Lambert (S’70-M’73-SM’87) serves as the Associate Director of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) at Georgia Tech (Atlanta). He is responsible for interfacing with NEETRAC’s members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He participates in the IEEE PES Switchgear Committee and Distribution Subcommittee and is serving as the Vice President for Chapters for PES. Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Title (Presentation 2): Managing Uncertainties of the Future Grid- “Keeping the Lights On! Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow!”

Abstract (Presentation 2): 

Managing the future grid will require creative, innovative solutions. This is because of uncertainties being introduced by the growth of less predictable & reliable renewable generation resources, demand response programs, distributed generation, microgrids, potential cyber-security issues and the aging infrastructure. Energy Management Systems (EMS) have been deployed for decades at utility control centers to manage the electricity grid in real-time. Today these EMS capabilities are poised to be enhanced quite dramatically with growth of synchrophasor PMU measurements. Solutions to decentralize management of the grid are also being introduced – these include Distribution Management Systems, Substation Automation and advances in grid control devices. These new solutions will help us manage the uncertainties and challenges of the future smart grid.

This presentation will describe:

  • The history and evolution of the EMS from its digital genesis in the 1970’s.
  • The primary functions of a modern EMS
  • Emerging new industry drivers & emerging new technology trends
  • Impact of growth of microgrids, renewables and distributed generation on the EMS
  • Growth of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) and synchrophasor measurements worldwide
  • Wide area monitoring (WAMS) and wide area control (WAMPAC) solutions
  • Modern advanced fast-acting grid control devices
  • Concluding thoughts on the challenges and opportunities to manage the future grid.

Biography (Presenter 2)

Jay Giri is Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at GE Grid Software Solutions in Redmond, Washington. He leads a team of power system engineers who deliver generation control, market applications and synchrophasor/phasor measurement unit (PMU) applications to control centers. He is a liaison for university research activities and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.

In 1978, Jay and 11 other engineers co-founded Energy System Computer Applications (ESCA). Over time, ESCA became Alstom Grid in 2010 and GE Grid Solutions in 2015.  Jay designed and implemented the original software for the ESCA automatic generation control (AGC) and dispatcher training simulator (DTS) power system simulation functions. Today this AGC controls over 50% of North American generation as well as generation in many other countries, and the DTS is one of the predominant simulators used by control centers worldwide.

He has a PhD from Clarkson University in New York and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. In 2002, he was elected IEEE Fellow: “For contributions to the design and implementation of power system control centers” and is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board. He is an Alstom Grid Senior Fellow and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Registration: Members and visitors are welcome, registration at https://pes-eesavic.eventbrite.com.au

Date and Time: Tuesday, the 29th November 2016, 6.00 pm (tea and coffee served at 5.30 pm).  Duration approximately one and half hour (including the question time).


New Engineers Australia Building

Level 31, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia