Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in
electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of
Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of full professors
hip in smart grid from
the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than
years’ academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems.
He is a leading renewable energy technologist and h
as previously held academic positions at
the world's prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of
Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada)
He was also a member of the Government of South Australia’s Renewable Energy Board (2009 - 2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies.
He was also leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid - ICT project ‘Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household’ as Technical Manager (2014 - 2017) . This project was in collaboration with 12 EU partners from 4 EU countries and successfully completed.
His academic work ranges from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, integrate d renewable energy systems for hydrogen production, techno - economics of energy systems, solar and wind energy engineering, development of business models for distributed generation etc. He also did extensive teaching in renewable and electrical energy syst ems engineering as well as in e nergy economics.
He has been successful in winning competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g. Norwegian Research Council, EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively inthe energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses / work shops . He has also been member of many academic promotional committees.
The necessity for an energy transition is broadly understood and shared; though,
the implications and challenges that must be resolved through focused effort. The world
is beginning to embrace a transition towards sustainable energy by shifting from fossil
fuel-based energy production to decentralized renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Substantial amounts of renewable energy must be installed and integrated within the
power network, however energy security and resiliency are remains the main
challenges. Energy storage can play a significant role in integration and operation of
the renewable energy systems. Electrolytic hydrogen offers a promising alternative for
long-term energy storage of renewable energy. Hydrogen and fuel cells can be utilised
in distributed combined power and heat generation, transportation and in energy
In this lecture, the role of hydrogen in the energy transition will be emphasised, as hydrogen is a versatile, clean, and safe energy carrier that can be used as fuel for power or in industry as feedstock. The integrated renewable energy system based on long-term seasonal storage in the electrolytic hydrogen is considered as a promising solution to overcome the limitations associated with the intermittency of the renewable energy sources. In this talk, the performance analysis / operational results of a developed integrated renewable energy system with energy storage in the form of electrolytic hydrogen will be presented for autonomous operation and energy management of the system.
Alberto Borghetti was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1967. He graduated (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Since then, he has been working with the power system group of the same University, where he was appointed Researcher in 1994 and Associate Professor in 2004. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, with particular reference to voltage collapse, power system restoration after black-out, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling and distribution system operation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transient conditions. In 2016, he has received the ICLP (International Conference on Lightning Protection) Scientific Committee Award. From 2010 to 2016 he has served as an Editor of IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid and he is on the editorial board of Electric Power System Research.
The protection methods of medium voltage (MV) power distribution lines and the calculation of the lightning performance of distribution lines are described in the Cigré brochure 441, IEEE Std 1410-2010, and references therein. There are some aspects that deserve an improved analysis in several cases. In particular, the talk will address the influence of both direct and indirect strikes, surge arresters location, flashovers occurrence, and environmental shielding. The calculation of the lightning performance for a distribution feeder with complex topology will be presented. Moreover the talk will address the analysis of the lightning performance of overhead power distribution lines in urban areas In order to take into account that buildings are expected to reduce the number of direct strikes to the line conductors and also to attenuate the lightning electromagnetic pulse (LEMP) radiated by indirect lightning strokes.
7 : Indian Electricity Market – Kal, Aaj aur Kal
Shri. Sushil K. Soonee,
Advisor, Power System Operation Corporation.
5 : Power electronics intelligence at the network edge
Prof. Prasad Enjeti,
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
1 : Cyber-Physical Security and Resiliency of the Electric Grid
Prof. Anurag Srivastava,
School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Washington State University, USA.
Mr. S. K. Soonee has been the Chief Executive Officer of Power System Operation Corporation Limited since May 2010. Mr. Soonee serves as the Chief Executive Officer for POSOCO at PowerGrid Corporation of India Limited. He served as an Executive Director of System Operations at Power Grid Corporation of India Limited. Mr. Soonee has 30 years of work experience. He has first-hand three decades experience of Power System Operation of Eastern, Southern and Northern Grids of India. He joined Central Electricity Authority through Central Power Engineering Services in 1978. He has worked extensively in Integration of State Grids to form a Regional Grid and subsequent integration of Regional Grids leading to the formation of the National Grid. He has specialization in Power System Operation, Planning, Commercial, Settlement, Restoration and entire gamut of Power Pooling and Governance. Other areas of expertise of Mr. Soonee include Electricity Markets including Power Exchanges, Open Access in Inter-State Transmission System, and Regulatory affairs besides expertise in Load Despatch Technology, integration of Renewable Energy Sources including REC Mechanism, Transmission Pricing and development of Ancillary Services. Prior to joining PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd. in January 1995, he worked in the CEA. He serves as a Director of Power System Operation Corporation Limited. He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), Senior Member of IEEE and represents India on the CIGRE Study Committee C2 on Power System Operation and Control. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
India is now amongst the fastest developing countries in the world in terms of GDP (in PPP
terms) as well as the electricity consumption in the world. Electricity Act 2003 set rolling the
reform process in the Indian electricity sector and accelerated the development of a
competition based market in Electricity. Generation is delicensed and transmission, trading &
distribution being licensed activities. Unbundling of vertically integrated utilities,
implementation of open access in transmission and private sector participation has facilitated
the functioning of a vibrant electricity market. Market mechanisms are an essential
requirement for facilitating the large scale integration of renewables. This plenary address
will provide an overview of the paradigms and shifts of past (kal), present (aaj) & (aur) future
(kal) of the Indian electricity market.
S. S. (Mani) Venkata is President of Venkata Consulting Solutions Inc. He was
with GE Power/Alstom Grid Inc. from January 2011 to September 2017 as
Principal Enterprise Architect. He continues his affiliation with the University of
Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington where he has taught since 1979. He was
Vice President with KEMA Inc. for six years during 2005-2010. He was the Dean
and Distinguished Professor of Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at
Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York during 2004-2005. In 2003, he was the
Palmer Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at
Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa. From 1996 to 2002, he was Professor
and Chairman of the Department at ISU. Before joining ISU, he taught at the
University of Washington, Seattle, West Virginia University, and the University of
Massachusetts, Lowell for 25 years. He received his B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E.
degrees from India, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina,
Columbia in 1971.
Prof. Venkata has conducted research, design and development work for more than 35 utilities and power related industries for the past 48 years. Venkata has published and/or presented over 375 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and is a co-author of the book Introduction to Electric Energy Systems, Prentice-Hall Publications, 1987. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Washington and West Virginia.
Dr. Venkata is a Life Fellow of the IEEE. At the IEEE level, he is a member of the IEEE Fellows Committee since 2010. He represented the PES as the TAB Periodicals Committee member for four years during 2004-07. He also served as the Seattle Section Chair, and the Student Branch Advisor. At the PES level, he is currently serving as the Chair of the PES Smart Grid R&D Committee. He served as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Technical Council during from 2011 until recently. He was a member of the PES Executive Committee and Governing Board for four years, as the Vice-President of Publications, member of the Finance Committee, and Technical Activities Advisory Board during 2004-2007. His past activities include serving as the Regional 6 Representative and the Seattle Chapter Chair. He was Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Power Engineering Education Committee during 2000 – 2006. He also chaired several subcommittees, working groups and task forces in the T&D Committee and Power Systems Relaying Committee, in which he still serves as an active member. He was also the Vice- Chair of the 1992 Summer Power Meeting at Seattle, WA.
Prof. Venkata was a member of ECEDHA during 1996 to 2002. He continued his participation with it via NSF sponsored workshops. He served the Engineering Deans’ council during 2004 – 2005. He has a long standing association with NSF during his entire professional life. In March 2016 he received the ECEDHA Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award. He also received the IEEE PES Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award in 2015. In 2000, he received the Third Millennium Award from the IEEE. In 1996, he received the Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society.
In his spare time, he enjoys doing volunteer service. He also loves to travel.
Electric power and energy systems have made tremendous progress over the last 50
years. With the advent of smart grid, these systems have witnessed exponential growth,
especially in the last twenty years around the world. The natural question that arises is,
“What will happen to them over the next 50 years?” Especially as this relates to the
global population that will increase to more than 10 billion. How do we meet the power
and energy needs in the wake of environmental concerns, increased demand, and
assure safety, reliability, resilience and reduced cost?
In this presentation, the first part will examine the remarkable progress made due to innovative technologies, power and power electronic devices, sensors, faster communication systems, and computational paradigms. The presentation will gravitate to the changes that are likely to occur during the next half century. If the past is an indicator, the future is promising due to the innovative minds of the power and energy community. The presenter will concentrate on his predictions for new energy sources, on power delivery systems, on consumers becoming prosumers, on the market impact at the distribution level, and on the future role of utilities and other revolutionary changes which may not be easy to envisage now.
Concomitantly, the second part will examine the exciting changes that have occurred on the educational front thus far. The power and energy curriculum during late 1960s will be examined and analyzed to set the background. Then, the gradual changes that have occurred in the past 50 years will be analyzed. Finally, the presenter will explore the exciting changes needed for the next half century to train future engineers to face the anticipated challenges. In other words, both technical and educational transformations should occur in a synchronous manner.
The goal of this presentation is to open the dialog with the audience for active interaction of generating innovative ideas.
8 : Distributed Grid Control - A Leap-Frog Opportunity for Emerging Markets?
Prof. Deepakraj M. Divan,
John E Pippin Chair and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Rajiv Varma is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at
The University of Western Ontario (UWO), London, Ontario, Canada. He is also the previous Hydro
One Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering. Before joining UWO in 2002, he was a Faculty
Member at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), India, for 11 years.
Dr. Varma has developed a new technology for "Nighttime Utilization of PV Solar Farms as STATCOM (PV-STATCOM)" for which six patents have been issued in US, Canada and China, and several other patents are pending in above countries, Europe and India. For this research, he received the Prize Paper Award from IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) in 2012 and the First Place Poster Award in 7 th International IRED Conference in 2016.
Dr. Varma has been the team-lead for the IEEE Tutorial on “Smart Inverters for Distributed Generators” in IEEE PES Conferences in 2016 and 2017. He also co-delivered several Tutorials on "Static Var Compensator (SVC)" conducted by the IEEE Substations Committee. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE PES “HVDC and FACTS Subcommittee”, and the Chair of IEEE Working Group on "HVDC and FACTS Bibliography". He is also a Member of the IEEE P1547 Revision Working Group and Standard Technical Panel UL 1741.
Dr. Varma has received thirteen teaching excellence awards at the University and Faculty levels at UWO. He is the principal co-author of the book "Thyristor-Based FACTS Controllers for Electrical Transmission Systems" published by IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons in 2002. Dr. Varma obtained B.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India, in 1980 and 1988, respectively.
This presentation will describe a set of innovative patented technologies of utilizing PV solar farms in
the NIGHTTIME and also daytime during critical system needs for providing multiple benefits to both
transmission and distribution systems. These technologies transform a solar farm into a dynamic
reactive power compensator – STATCOM (a FACTS Device), and are termed PV-STATCOM. These
technologies allow solar farms to perform completely novel functions such as, increasing power
transmission capability, mitigating subsynchronous resonance (SSR), obviating voltage instability,
enhancing connectivity of neighbouring wind farms, preventing instability of critical motors, reduction
of line losses, voltage control and power factor correction, etc. These PV-STATCOM technologies can
bring significant savings for utilities and also initiate new potential opportunities for solar farms to earn
credible revenues for providing several grid support functions. This presentation will also describe the
field-demonstration of the PV-STATCOM technology for the first-time in North America, in fact in the
world, on 13th December 2016 in the utility network of Bluewater Power in Sarnia, Ontario.
Anurag K. Srivastava is an associate professor of electric power engineering at
Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration
and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System
Innovation Center (ESIC). He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical
engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005. In past years, he
has worked in different capacity at the Réseau de transport d´électricité in
France; RWTH Aachen University in Germany; Idaho National Laboratory,
Pacific Northwest National Lab, PJM Interconnection, Schweitzer Engineering
Lab (SEL), GE Grid Solutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
Mississippi State University in USA; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in India; as well as at
Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. His research interest includes data-driven algorithms
for power system operation and control. Dr. Srivastava is a senior member of the IEEE, secretary
of IEEE PES PEEC committee, co-chair of the microgrid working group, secretary of PES voltage
stability working group, chair of PES synchrophasors applications working group, past-chair of
the IEEE PES career promotion subcommittee, past-chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s
(PES) student activities committee, and past vice-chair of the IEEE synchrophasor conformity
assessment program. Dr. Srivastava is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid,
editor of IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, an IEEE distinguished lecturer, and the
author of more than 200 technical publications including a book on power system security and 4
pending/ awarded patents.
With the development of the smart grid technology, information and communication
technologies (ICT) play a significant role in the smart grid. ICT also brings cyber vulnerabilities
and it is important to analyze the impact of possible cyber-attacks on the power grid and develop
defense mechanisms. Cyber-physical security analysis needs to be performed to minimize the
impact of the potential cyber attacks on the power grid. Keeping the power on to critical facilities
such as hospitals and fire department during cyber events is essential. With additional planning
and design, microgrid can also help to restore critical loads outside microgrid and hence increase
the system resiliency. There is a need for formal metrics to quantify resiliency of the electric grid,
or different configurations of the same network. This talk will cover basic of cyber infrastructure
for the power grid, cyber vulnerabilities, common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) score,
recent cyber attacks against the power grid, cyber-physical security analysis, defining resiliency,
and a tool to study the cyber-physical resiliency of the active distribution system for planning
phase and operational phase.
Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director
of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta,
GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids
and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is
actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.
Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.
Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.
The power infrastructure is poised for dramatic change. Drivers include growth in non-
schedulable distributed generation, improved economic, operational and energy
efficiency, and higher grid resiliency under cyber-attacks and natural disasters. The
utilities have adopted smart grid initiatives and Internet of Things methods to augment
the available centralized command & HV side control with sensors (AMI, V/I), back-
office data management & demand/system optimization to squeeze more performance
out of the grid. However, it is becoming clear from field data that utilities today do not
have the tools to manage the future grid with the precision needed.
This presentation will show a new approach for distributed grid-edge control that allows the existing infrastructure to operate more efficiently in terms of energy, assets and economics, and enables new objectives such as high levels of PV hosting on distribution feeders, and the realization of grid-side demand management. Distributed control also offers a possible leap-frog opportunity for utilities in emerging markets to realize significantly higher performance at potentially lower cost. The presentation will present field data to validate the concepts being presented.
3 : Improved analysis of the lightning performance of distribution lines
Prof. Alberto Borghetti,
Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering "Guglielmo Marconi", University of Bologna, Italy.
2 : Integrated Renewable Energy System with Energy Storage: Case study of energy storage in the form
of electrolytic hydrogen
Prof. Mohan Kolhe,
Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, Norway.
Prasad N. Enjeti (M'85-SM'88-F'00) received his B.E. degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1980, the M.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1982, and Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1988, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of Texas A&M University faculty since 1988 and is widely acknowledged to be a distinguished teacher, scholar and researcher. His research emphasis on industry-based issues, solved within an academic context, has attracted significant external funding. Up until now, he has graduated 22 PhD students and 11 of them hold academic positions in leading Universities in the world. He along with his students has received numerous best paper awards from the IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Society. His primary research interests are in advancing power electronic converter designs to address complex power management issues such as: active harmonic filtering, adjustable speed motor drives, power conditioning systems for fuel cells, wind and solar energy systems.
This presentation puts forth a vision for scalable distribution grid integration of energy resources such as rooftop photovoltaic (PV) and electric vehicles (EVs). These resources vary their output intertemporally in an unpredicted manner. Therefore, they bring substantial challenges to utilities for massive deployment of such resources. By leveraging the fact that most of the distributed energy resources are interfaced with power electronics converters, we propose a fully decentralized architecture
for achieving the main objectives of utility companies, namely, (1) end user voltage regulation; and (2) delivery system loss minimization. The proposed framework provides a bottom up approach to integrating many such distributed resources without substantial capital investment. This framework, termed as Power Electronics Intelligence at the Network Edge (PINE), provides a possible pathway towards very high level of PV and EV penetration in future distribution systems. The operational benefits to end users as well as the utilities are elaborated.
6 : My Vision for Power and Energy Technology and Education for the Next 50 Years
Dr. S. S. (Mani) Venkata,
Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
All plenary talks are scheduled on 22nd and 23rd December 2017.
4 : Novel Night and Day Controls of PV Solar Farm as STATCOM (PV-STATCOM) for Benefit to Utilities
Prof. Rajiv K. Varma,
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.
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