Welcome to IntelliSub Europe 2018

The 5th annual IntelliSub Europe 2018 draws together 120+ utility substation asset management, engineering, operations & maintenance, and cyber-security professionals for 3 intensive days of digital substation implementation reviews.

Through a series of case-study presentations leading utilities reveal how they are making their investment decisions, technology choices, and implementation plans to drive the cost-effective deployment of next generation digital substations.

Days 1 & 2 focus on the investment drivers, new system architectures, and operations and maintenance approaches for new and refurbished substations in HV, MV and LV networks. Whilst the third day deep-dives into cyber-physical security considerations for next generation substations particularly in the context of IoT and cloud enabled systems, integrated with self-learning and self-healing capabilities.

Event highlights include:

  • Case-study programme – gain in-depth insights into the digital substation implementation experiences of 16+ pioneering European utilities and understand how technology choices are being made in the context of organisational objectives and pressures
  • Technology innovation panel – quiz the technology innovators on the strength of their current product offerings, their R&D pipelines and their vision for the future of digital substations and the smart grid
  • Roundtable discussions – bring your specific digital substation challenges to the table and brainstorm and problem solve intensively with the entire smart grid technical community
  • Live Demo Labs – through a dedicated 1:1 session gain hands-on experience of the most advanced and forward-looking digital substation technologies and tools on to the market
  • Solution zone - get up to speed with the latest digital substation systems and solutions on the market, discuss your specific grid automation challenges and get tailored advice to help propel your implementation plans to the next level
  • Networking reception - relax and unwind after an intensive day of presentations and panel discussions, meet with colleagues from across the European substation community, allow new ideas to cement and new partnership opportunities to emerge

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Speakers Include

Pablo Humeres Flores

Head of the Digital Supervision and Substation Automation Sector
Eletrosul Brazil

Pablo is an Electrical Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, where he also graduated in Master of Power Systems. MBA with specialization in Electric Energy Market, at the University of Vale do Itajai – UNIVALI. Pablo has been an Engineer at Eletrobras Eletrosul since 1987, in Florianópolis, Brazil. Since 1996 acting in the areas of design, maintenance, operation and development of digital systems for supervision and control of substations and telecontrol centers. Author of several papers in the area published in national and international seminars and magazines. Active participant in CIGRE working groups, events and publications. Pablo is now head of management, maintenance and commissioning of supervision and control systems and automation infrastructure of HV transmission substations, Telecontrol Centers and Remote Access of Eletrosul.

David MacDonald

System Monitoring Lead Engineer

David works for Iberdrola Distrubucion, a leading distribution network operator in Spain and early adopter of substation automation systems. His role is to provide technical and asset management support to the Protection team, where he specializes in disturbance analysis and is also involved in the standardization of IEC 61850 across the business. He received his MEng degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde, before joining Scottish Power in 2009 and consequently Iberdrola Distribucion in 2012.

Nargis Shabbir Hurzuk


Nargis graduated in Electrical Engineering from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University – India in 2004. Prior to joining Statnett, she was working with Siemens AS Norway as a Protection and Control System Engineer in the Power Transmission and Distribution division. Since 2010 Nargis has been with Statnett, earlier work experiences in Statnett includes tendering to commissioning phases of the control system based on IEC 61850 design for station bus. Currently she is working as a project engineer for multivendor R&D pilot project – Digital Substation. Her main responsibility in this project is to investigate the maturity of the process bus technology and what benefits this technique offers for the future substation design in the TSO.

Alvar Suun

Chief Specialist, Network Technology Development

Alvar Suun holds a M.Sc in Electrical Drives and Power Electronics from Tallinn University of Technology. With a background of Substation system and secondary engineering, Alvar has been involved in many International projects around the world including Finland, Russia and Kenya. He Currently holds the position of Chief specialist of relay protection and automation in Estonias largest DSO, Elektrilevi. Alvar has strongly been involved in working out the technical principles for grid automation and his main focuses include developing relay protection and automation principles, secondary equipment approval procedures and technical requirements.

Paulo Santos

Substation Automation Expert
EDP Distribuição

Paulo Santos holds a MSc in Electric and Computer Science Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisbon). He joined EDP Distribuição in 2011 and has been participating and managing projects related with design, requirements specification, qualification and deployment of primary substation automation systems. Currently, he is working on innovative projects of grid digitalization at the Automation and IoT Unit.

Michael Rotzinger

SAS Project Manager Substation Automation Technology

Michael Rotzinger graduated as an electrical engineer in Germany. He started his career at ABB Switzerland Ltd. in 1993. For 16 years, he has worked in a variety of specialized positions such as substation engineer, substation commissioning engineer worldwide and as a course manager at the local ABB University. In addition, he completed during this time his post graduate diploma in Business at the Private School of business (PHW) in Bern. Michael Rotzinger joined Swissgrid, the Swiss TSO, in 2009. In his role as service manager, he was initially responsible for the power grid applications. Today he is employed as a technical SAS-Project Manager. He is responsible for the implementation of the Swissgrid standards on substations and for their further development. Standardization and harmonization are the keywords for the future integration of SAS systems. He is also a member of the Swiss TK57.

Mohseen Mohemmed

Protection & Control Engineering Manager
Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks

Mohseen Mohemmed is a Engineering Manager working for SHE Transmission plc in Glasgow, UK. Delivering Design Authority and Technical Authority responsibilities for Protection & Control aspects for delivery and innovation projects within Transmission. He took his career in Transmission sector after graduating from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2002. He gained various experiences within the industry by working on contracts with wide range of utilities for over a decade. During this period of work with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, he worked on all transmission voltage levels. He is involved with innovation team looking at the prospects of using emerging technologies for current and future projects of SHE Transmission plc. Contributed in the first commissioned fully interoperable IEC61850 station bus substation in SHE Transmission which is only the first of kind for UK. Now reviewing the task of simplify top-down approach for IEC61850 implementation.

Ernst Wierenga

Technologist Protection, Control and Telecommunication

Ernst E.F. Wierenga received his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, in 1996. In 1996 he started at KEMA (DNV-GL) at the consulting department and joined two services companies using energy management systems. In 2001 he joined TenneT TSO as a specialist protection for the last ten years. In his current position within TenneT he is a specialist in the Asset Management Department Offshore. In this function he is involved in protection- and control technology on platforms connecting windfarms. Next to that he started his own company KnowWatt, the main focus is teaching on the university of applied science.

Joost van Gemeren

Head of Engineering Department

From the technical specialization High Voltage Electrical Engineering I have interest developed in social factors within organizations such as attention to the workplace and production processes, the structure and management of organizations and paying attention to the institutional environment of organizations and employment. This all in combination with the main force within organizations, namely human beings. www.linkedin.com

René Troost

AM Grid Strategist

René Troost, graduated as an Electrical Engineer, and started his career in Telecommunications. He has an extended experience of over ten years in the modern Substation Automation business. In 2014 René joined Stedin, the DSO in the Rotterdam / The Hague / Utrecht area of The Netherlands. René oversees the Substation Automation policy at Stedin and is an active member of the Dutch mirror committee of the IEC TC57 (NEC57) and the TC57 WG10 dealing with power system IED communication and associated data models. He is an expert in the domains of Protection, Automation, Control and Telecommunication and fulfills several roles.

Henry Adams

Senior Cyber Security Manager
Darktrace Industrial

Henry Adams has a wealth of experience working with blue chip clients across EMEA with a particular focus on those in the energy, utilities and transport sectors. His expertise lies in topics ranging from: Immune System Technologies and the future of Artificial Intelligence, to securing industrial networks.

Mika Loukkalahti

System Manager, Electric Power Systems
Helen Electricity Networks

Mika studied Electrical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology with Electric Power Systems as a major subject. He received his Master of Science degree in 1996. He joined Helsinki Energy in 1997 as a Protection Engineer. In addition to protection systems, substation automation, power quality, network calculation and various expert tasks with network automation and R&D have been his expert and responsible areas. Since 2001 he had lead a group, which is now mainly responsible of previous mentioned tasks. In 2006 Helen Electricity Networks Ltd was founded, this subsidiary company of Helsinki Energy is responsible of electricity distribution in Helsinki City area. He has been Finnish Study Committee Member of CIGRE B5 (Protection and Automation) Committee from 2006 to 2012. He has been an active member of several CIGRE B5 working groups in Substation Automation area. He has also made several presentations in various courses and seminars on protection and automation area. He is married and has two childre


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