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.
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.
Plenary 5 : 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.
Plenary 4 : 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.
Plenary 7 : Power electronics intelligence at the network edge
Prof. Prasad Enjeti,
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
Plenary 2 : Cyber-Physical Security and Resiliency of the Electric Grid
Prof. Anurag Srivastava,
School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Washington State University, USA.
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.
Plenary 1 : Power System Protection in the Era of Smart Grid
Prof. Sukumar Brahma,
William Kersting Endowed Chair Associate Professor, New Mexico State University, USA.
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.
Stay tuned for more plenary talks updates.
Plenary 3 : A Grid as Smart as the Internet
Prof. Felix Wu,
University of California, Berkeley and The University of Hong Kong.
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.
Plenary 6 : 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.
Sukumar Brahma received his Bachelor of Engineering from Gujarat University in 1989, Master
of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1997, and PhD in from Clemson
University, Clemson, USA in 2003; all in Electrical Engineering. He is presently William Kersting
Endowed Chair Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Electric Utility Management
Program (EUMP) at New Mexico State University, USA. Dr. Brahma is the past Chair of IEEE
Power and Energy Society's Life Long Learning Subcommittee, past Chair of Distribution System
Analysis Subcommittee, current Chair of Power and Energy Education Committee, and member
of the Power System Relaying Committee (PSRC). He is an editor for IEEE Transactions on Power
Delivery, and served as Guest Editor-in- Chief for the Special Issue on Frontiers of Power System
Protection for the journal. His research, widely published and funded by the National Science
Foundation, US department of energy, utilities and other government agencies, has focused on
different aspects of Power System Protection.
Advances in sensing, communication and computing have potential to refine, or even redefine
the conception and implementation of Power System Protection. At the same time, penetration
of widespread current-limited renewable resources has disrupted some fundamental
assumptions on which protection has been designed over the years. Increased computing
power at low cost has provided opportunities to implement more computation-intensive
methods/algorithms in real time. Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) providing faster and
diverse synchronized measurements over a wide area, with new communication options are
part of the emerging technology. These advances can be the potential enablers of new
paradigms in Protection. This plenary address will provide an overview of the state of the art
and review challenges, promises, and pitfalls of the changing protection paradigm in smart grid.
Felix Wu is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and the University of Hong
Kong (HKU). He joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at
UCB in 1974, where he was promoted to Full Professor in 1982, and served at HKU as Pro Vice
Chancellor (Vice President, 1997-2000), Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor of Electrical Engineering
(2001-11) and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Clean Energy and Environment (2011-14). He is a
Fellow of IEEE for “contributions to the development of theory and computation methods for power
system planning and operation”.
He was the TEPCO Chair of “Frontier Technology for the Future Electric Energy System” in 1991 and held visiting professorship at Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), University of Tokyo, University of Cassino (Italy), Tsinghua University and many other universities. He served as a consultant to a number of industry and government agencies including Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Electric Power Research Institute (USA), Chinese Electric Power Research Institute, ABB-Systems Control, Starcraft Norway, Iberdrola Spain, Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, Asian Development Bank, etc. He chaired the International Advisory Committee for the Strategic Development of Smart Grids Program of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan in 2011 and served on the Smart Grid Advisory Panel of CLP Power (2011- 14). He is currently a member of Committee of Experts, China Southern Grid.
Professor Wu is an Advisor to the President of Tianjin University and served as a Board Member of Shantou University (2000-03), and a Trustee of Croucher Foundation (2003-10).
Professor Wu received his BS degree from National Taiwan University, MSc degree from University of Pittsburgh and PhD degree from University of California, Berkeley.
* Why would we like the electric grid to be as smart as the Internet?
* What makes the Internet smart?
* Why previous attempts to make electric grids Internet-like unsuccessful?
* How to make the grid as smart as the Internet?
Plenary 8 : 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.