Conference Day Two | Wednesday 11th April 2018


Registration & Refreshments


Welcome address from the Chair

Mark Ossell, Vice President & Board Member – Networked Energy Services Corporation, OSGP Alliance


Leveraging Data: Identifying the optimal volume and type of data to generate and transfer to meet a variety of grid development objectives

  • Identifying the most valuable data to extract from the digital substation environment
  • Appropriately formatting and transferring the data to meet grid development objectives
  • Design guidelines and the IEC TC57 reference architecture
  • Building in real time data transfer capability to enable immediate decisions and proactive actions
  • Leveraging data to maximize the lifecycle and feature new use cases in digital substations

René Troost, AM Grid Strategist – Stedin

Mark Ossel, Vice President, Networked Energy Services Corporation and Board member OSGP Alliance – OSGP

 (Each speaker will give a 25 minute presentation independently and there will be 10 minutes for Q&A)


Substation Communication: Comparing the potential of IEC 61850 with other protocols and with conventional technology

  • Comparing legacy and serial communication protocols with traditional copper wired technology, advantages and disadvantages
  • Comparing legacy and serial communicating protocols with IEC61850 standard communication, advantages and disadvantages
  • Predicting the long-term potential of IEC 61850, achieving multivendor interoperability and the potential of IEC61850 process bus and sensor technology
  • Quantifying the long-term advantages achievable through IEC 61850 compared with other protocols
  • Discussing the future plans for communication development

Mika Loukkalahti, System Manager, Electric Power Systems – Helen Electricity Networks


Morning refreshments, exhibition & networking


Condition Based Maintenance: Utilising substation data to drive predictive and remote maintenance of digital substation assets

  • Identifying the most useful sources of data to extract a variety of condition based maintenance activities
  • Determining how to provide analytic applications, such as Asset Health Index, with access to up-to-date, as well as historical process information according to IEC TC57 reference architecture
  • Supporting the information exchange between components at central level based on CIM, including IEC 61968 and IEC 61970, and Enterprise Service Bus
  • Enabling configuration and use of IEC 61850/CIM gateway to transfer data from substation automation systems to central systems
  • Utilising SCL to associate substation data with CIM asset, equipment and measurements

Anders Johnsson, Power System Specialist – Vattenfall Distribution Nordic


Substation Functionalities Innovation Panel: during this session 3-4 leading technology innovators will share their vision for the digital substation market, present their product development plans, and provide you with the opportunity to influence their plans to better meet utility needs.

Cédric Harispuru, Product ManagerSiemens
Andrew WestRegional Technical DirectorSUBNET
Rogério Paulo, Head of MarketingEFACEC
Sebastien Michelin, Solution Architect – Schneider Electric


Lunch, exhibition & networking


Protection & Control: Maximising monitoring and control accuracy and efficiency whilst minimising operations and maintenance complexity

  • Leveraging digital substation technology to enable better remote control of automatic switching, merging units and fault isolation
  • Leveraging maintenance efficiency through flexible configuration management using IEC 61850 dynamic datasets
  • Determining the impact of software upgrades and configuration changes on risk management, operations and system downtime
  • Utilising advances in digitisation to enable better protection and control of the growing number of renewable sources: Use case under frequency load sharing
  • Lifecycle aspects of brownfield and greenfield installations: how to minimize the impact

Dirk Costrop, Head of Measurement and Communication Technology – Eandis

 (Each speaker will give a 25 minute presentation independently and there will be 10 minutes for Q&A)


Cloud Services: Overcoming cyber security challenges and prioritising the substation functionalities most suited to cloud services to speed up the migration toward the self-healing network

  • Examining the drivers for utility migration to cloud services
  • Identifying and prioritising the digital substation functions that would most benefit from migration to the cloud
  • Determining how existing functions, such as centralised control would be radically enhanced through cloud support
  • Mapping out new and innovative cloud based functionalities that are being developed to further enhance digital substations
  • Establishing how cyber-security challenges are being overcome to ensure the reliability and resilience of cloud services
  • Developing effective back up mechanisms to eliminate downtime and protect security of supply
  • Calculating the costs, benefits and return on investment for cloud based digital substation services

Prof Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power SystemsE.ON Energy Research Centre, RWTH Aachen University


Afternoon refreshments, exhibition & networking


IoT: Implementing IoT enabled digital substations to enable advanced operation and maintenance

  • Understanding the potential of IoT to transform digital substations of the future
  • Establishing the technology roadmap for the evolution of IoT within the substation environment
  • Leveraging the full potential of digital substations for condition based asset management
  • Working with standards in digital substations
  • Understanding the cyber-security challenges and solutions for digital substations

Stefan Meier, Product Manager – ABB 

Beatrice BarresiApplications Engineer, Downstream Business Applications Department – European Space Agency

(Each speaker will give a 25 minute presentation independently and there will be 10 minutes for Q&A)

Self-Learning Networks: Introducing AI technology into the digital substation to drive the rapid and full realisation of the self-healing network

  • Understanding the full potential of AI technology for the digital substation environment
  • Applying lessons learnt from the application of AI in other industries
  • Mapping out how the underlying technology needs to evolve to support the seamless introduction of AI into the digital grid of the future
  • Updating on developments in quantum computing and understanding the role it will play in data processing for the self-learning, self-healing network
  • Evaluating how data capture and processing practices will need to evolve so support machine learning
  • Establishing realistic timescales for the introduction of AI technology into digital substation

Carlos Cândido, Distribution Automation Expert – EDP Distribuição


Closing remarks from the Chair and end of main conference

▲ Back to top