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07/02/2018:

“The digital substation market is expected to grow to USD 9.96 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 7.87% between 2017 and 2023”.  MarketsandMarkets (October 2017)

Our programme research for IntelliSub Europe 2018 with 30+ European utilities revealed that European utilities are currently preparing to make significant investments in next generation digital substation technologies. But with a plethora of products on the market promising simplified yet flexible system architectures, advanced smart grid functionalities, and robust cyber security capabilities, selecting the right solution to meet immediate grid development needs alongside longer-term lifecycle objectives is no easy task!

Attend IntelliSub Europe 2018 and join 120+ substation professionals to assess the potential of next generation substation systems for your specific grid environment. Over three intensive days you will hear implementation insights from 16+ utilities, as well as the product innovation plans of both market leading and innovative solution providers, providing you with a comprehensive yet in-depth view of how next generation systems can best be leveraged to maximise value.

Technology Innovation Panel

Taking place the morning of conference day two, 4 leading system, component, and tool suppliers will share their vision for how the market is developing, the most important trends they are leveraging, and the shape of their product development activities. This is your unique opportunity to quiz the technology innovators, convey your most critical grid development concerns, and influence the direction of new product development to better meet your end-user needs.

Live Demo Labs

The Live Demo Labs provide a 1:1 opportunity to asses the most advanced systems and solutions on the market, get hands on with the products, ask questions that are specific to your grid environment, and take away tailored advice that will help propel your digital substation implementation plans to the next level, fast!

Solution Zone

Running alongside the conference, the solution zone provides a display of 12+ of the most innovative and leading edge digital substation system and solution providers, all of whom will share the in-depth product and innovation insights you need to gain a complete and realistic picture of what is possible in the immediate and longer-term development of your digital grid.

Suppliers already confirmed to display in the Solution Zone include: Locamation, SEL, EFACEC, COPADATA, ADVANTECH…with many more to follow shortly!

What Your Colleagues Have to Say

We have many automated substations but not all have been digitised with the latest generation equipment. As older equipment is reaching end of life, a lot of refurbishment is going on in our company right now. A dedicated conference on digital substations will help us fully consider the rationale for substation digitisation, allowing us to better establish the business needs and requirements before making our investment decisions but also to find ways to reduce cost and improve efficiency in projects and substation maintenance.”
Anne van der Molen
, Expert, Asset Management, Grid StrategyStedin

“We are in dire need of replacing our substations, all of which are already automated. We need to know what new technology developments and product offerings there are, so we can create a system model that can be rolled out in high volume, 15 substations at a time.”
Michael Knuchel, Project Manager, SASSwissgrid

“Only a few utilities have embraced a comprehensive digital architecture so far, where the substation is fully software defined, fully configurable and data-rich by design. Utilities are looking for simplification, longer life cycles, lower cost, and reliability, but also for actionable insights and continuously improving assets. We believe we have a solution that meets today’s requirements and tomorrow’s innovations, and we look forward to sharing our approach with them at IntelliSub Europe 2018”.
Bastian Fischer, CEOLocamation

Presentation Highlights from Past Events

In the meantime, please enjoy a selection of the technology presentations from our past IntelliSub Europe events:

  1. Substation Intelligence, Digitize, Centralize, Analyze, Act – Bastian Fischer, Locamation
  2. Understanding and Fulfilling the Need for Speed – Dave Dolezilek, SEL
  3. HMI Configuration, Let the Machine Do the Job – Mark Clemens, COPA-DATA
  4. Valuable Big Data for Condition Based Maintenance – Roberto Candela, Prysmian Electronics

 


26/01/2018:

Whilst next generation digital substation systems promise simplified yet flexible system architectures, advanced smart grid functionalities, and robust cyber security capabilities, utilities  ready to invest are finding that selecting the right solution to meet both their immediate grid development needs as well as long term lifecycle objectives is no easy task.

And it was with this in mind that we invited Pablo Humeres Flores, Head of the Digital Supervision and Substation Automation Sector at Eletrosul Brazil, to join the speaker faculty at IntelliSub Europe 2018 and share their experience in making the business case for new systems. Pablo’s presentation opens the main conference and provides insights into how to win rapid board approval, achieve speedy implementation and leverage the data processing capability of new systems, to drive advanced operations and maintenance capability.

Pablo explains: “The digitalization process of protection and automation systems (PAC) over the last 20 years at Eletrosul has consolidated confidence in the new technology, advancing in many directions: power system supervision and control, protection migration to Intelligent Electronic Devices – IEDs, monitoring of yard equipment, supervision of the automation and telecommunication infrastructure.

The complexity of this new infrastructure based on communication networks and protocols has required new paradigms in the planning and management of the systems. Our corporate systems have also been developed to support operation and maintenance activities, and they are present in the same operating environment, requiring strategies especially with respect to cyber security.

This process has generated a huge set of data, which now needs to become information, in the right place, at the right time and available to the specific user of each information. In addition, storing information in the right quality and quantity must now be evaluated to optimize resources and set up backup policies. The new drivers that are guiding the planning and management of digital systems in Brazil and especially in ELETROSUL is to carry out an adequate planning of the infrastructure, ensuring the availability and quality of the critical processes, clear definition of the information needed for each process and where and how they should be made available, objective and adequate monitoring of the infrastructure with definition of responsibilities, support and procedures, as well as a cybersecurity policy.

In this new environment, opportunities for new management tools, measuring performance, reliability, asset management, economic costs, service and team sizing, and life cycle management of systems and equipment are growing. In other words the SmartGrid, and I look forward to sharing our experiences on this challenging new scenario at IntelliSub Europe 2018.”

 

Pablo’s is one of 14+ utility case studies scheduled to take place in just two intensive days. Alongside the case-study programme, we have a technology innovation panel, a series of roundtable discussions, live demo labs of the latest systems and solutions, an exhibition area displaying 12+ state-of-the-art solutions, and a networking evening reception open to all participants.

Following the main conference, a workshop on Digital Substation Cyber Security is scheduled to take place, led by the team at Security Matters with input from representatives of Enel, Austrian Institute of Technology, Applied Risk, Institute for Security and Safety, and Accenture Security.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to join 120+ digital substation professionals and gather the latest implementation insights, understand the full potential of the new technology, and network with a like-minded peer group of substation professionals.

 

 


23/01/2018:

Registration is now live for the 5th annual IntelliSub Europe 2018, the Digital Substation event of the year, taking place 10th to 12th April 2018, at the Courtyard Düsseldorf Seestern, in Germany.

This year’s programme draws together 120+ utility substation asset management, engineering, operations & maintenance, and cyber-security professionals for 3 intensive days of digital substation implementation reviews.

14+ utility case studies reveal how leading utilities are driving their implementation plans to ensure the cost-effective deployment of next generation digital substations.  The main two-day conference focuses on 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.

Conference Discussions Include:

  • Digital Substation Investment – establishing the drivers for investment and creating a business case that wins rapid board approval for the adoption of next generation substation technologies in TSO and DSO environments
  • System Design & Architecture – creating a robust specification, design, and implementation plan that fully leverages next generation systems, components, functionalities and cyber-security to effectively support the evolving grid
  • Interoperability & IEC 61850 leveraging advanced configuration and testing tools to ensure speed of implementation for multi-vendor digital substation systems utilising IEC 61850 and other interoperability protocols
  • Operation & Maintenance – utilising the advanced data processing capability of digital substations to enhance monitoring, control, protection, predictive and condition based maintenance for next generation digital substation systems
  • Future Proofing – creating a robust roadmap for integrating digital substations with IoT, cloud services, self-learning technologies to manage the migration towards the self-healing network
  • Cyber-Security – utilising advanced prevention, detection, recovery and response strategies to fully protect digital substations on an integrated cyber-physical security basis, and guard again emerging threats
  • Workforce Development – upskilling IT, OT and mobile maintenance teams to effectively manage the operational and maintenance complexities of digital substations

 

Event Highlights Include:

  • Case-study programme –  gain in-depth insights into the digital substation implementation experiences of 14+ 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

Why this Conference?

We have many automated substations but not all have been digitised with the latest generation equipment. As older equipment is reaching end of life, a lot of refurbishment is going on in our company right now. A dedicated conference on digital substations will help us fully consider the rationale for substation digitisation, allowing us to better establish the business needs and requirements before making our investment decisions but also to find ways to reduce cost and improve efficiency in projects and substation maintenance.”
Anne van der Molen, Expert, Asset Management, Grid StrategyStedin

“We are in dire need of replacing our substations, all of which are already automated. We need to know what new technology developments and product offerings there are, so we can create a system model that can be rolled out in high volume, 15 substations at a time.”
Michael Knuchel, Project Manager, SASSwissgrid

“Only a few utilities have embraced a comprehensive digital architecture so far, where the substation is fully software defined, fully configurable and data-rich by design. Utilities are looking for simplification, longer life cycles, lower cost, and reliability, but also for actionable insights and continuously improving assets. We believe we have a solution that meets today’s requirements and tomorrow’s innovations, and we look forward to sharing our approach with them at IntelliSub Europe 2018”.
Bastian Fischer, CEOLocamation

 


 

Welcoming our Sponsors:

Locamation is the leading solutions provider for Centralised substation Protection and Control (CPC) systems. Founded in 1983, the company is backed by leading utilities and provides grid operators, a simple, yet flexible and upgradeable solution for substation intelligence. With over 100 installations and more than 4 million hours of operation Locamation’s SASensor CPC is the most widely adopted Centralised Protection and Control system in the world. With a proven track record, Locamation delivers scalable and futureproof solutions that meet today’s substation automation requirements while it’s SASensor CPC application and data platform provides asset insights, fault identification and location and thus shortens customer minutes lost and reduces customer interruptions. Locamation’s SASensor CPC solutions comprise of an industrial computing unit, sensors providing high fidelity data and a software defined platform providing protection, control, monitoring, communication and asset management functions.


Efacec is a Portuguese company with a strong exporter profile and geographical footprint in more than 65 countries. Efacec is present in the development of infrastructures for important sectors of economic activity: Energy, Environment & Industry, Mobility & Transportation. Part of Efacec Group, Efacec Automation focuses on engineered solutions for protection, control and management of electric power networks. Through the development of its own advanced technology and the expertise gained through over 30 years of system implementation experience, Efacec Automation operates globally, focusing strongly on Europe, North and South of Africa, Middle East, India and Latin America.

 


Advantech is the world leader in industrial computing and the leading supplier of open computing platforms for the Power & Energy market, offering comprehensive system integration, customer-centric design and global technical and logistics support. Our products provide the computing power for generator control systems and the communications infrastructure of fibre-optic or copper, Ethernet or IO.  Our display products are used to monitor processes, while data acquisition is achieved by a wide range of devices and cards installed remotely and built-in to PCs. Step-up substations are supported with 61850-3 certified platforms for control, SCADA, protocol gateways and data storage and analysis.

 


Presentation Downloads

In the meantime, please enjoy past presentations from our sponsors at previous Phoenix Forums smart grid related events

  1. Substation Intelligence Digitize, Centralize, Analyze, Act
    Bastian Fischer, Locamation
  2. IEC 61850 Multi-Vendor Interoperability Today and Tomorrow
    Rogerio Paulo, EFACEC
  3. Advances in Substation Computing
    Tony Milne, ADVANTECH
Save the Date for IntelliSub Europe 2018

03/01/2018:

Please mark your diaries with the date and location for IntelliSub Europe 2018, taking place 10-12 April 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott Düsseldorf Seestern, Germany.

This 3-day conference, exhibition and networking event draws together 120+ asset management, engineering, operations & maintenance, and cyber-security professionals for an intensive review of digital substation implementations.

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

Alongside the 3-day programme, we have a number of technology innovation panel discussions, intimate end-user round table debates, a live demo lab of the latest systems and solutions, an exhibition displaying state of the art substation solutions, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

As the speaker line-up gets finalised, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of the topics and speakers confirmed to date, to help you plan your participation.


Utility speakers confirmed to date

  •  Anders Johnsson, Power System Specialist – Vattenfall Distribution Nordic
  • Michael Rotzinger, SAS Project Manager Substation Automation Technology Swissgrid
  • René Troost, Specialist AM Network Intelligence – Stedin
  • Dirk Costrop, Head of Measurement and Communication Technology Eandis
  • Paulo Santos, Substation Automation Expert – EDP Distribuição
  • Carlos Cândido, Distribution Automation Expert – EDP Distribuição
  • Alvar Suun, Chief Specialist, Network Technology Development – Elektrilevi OÜ
  • Mika Loukkalahti, System Manager Electric Power Systems – Helen Electricity Networks
  • Slawomir Noske, Senior Smart Grid Engineer – ENERGA
  • Ernst Wierenga, Technologist Protection, Control and Telecommunication – Tennet
  • Prof Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems – E.ON Energy Research Centre, RWTH Aachen University
  • Stefan Meier, Product Manager – ABB
  • Bastian Fischer, CEO – Locamation

….with many others to follow!


Themes that will be discussed

Main Conference: 10-11 April 2018

  • Drivers for Digitisation: Identifying how new capacity addition and renewable integration is driving the need for digital substations
  • Digital Substation Investment: Creating a compelling business case for investment, that balances the need for innovation with the pressure to achieve rapid ROI
  • Primary Digital Substations: Driving innovation in the implementation of primary digital substations through advanced functionalities such as the Process Bus, PRP and HSR
  • Secondary Digital Substations: Optimising system design and functionality to ensure the rapid and cost-effective digitisation of the end to end grid
  • Writing Specifications: Ensuring clarity of utility requirements whilst leveraging vendor expertise in delivering high performance, low maintenance, cost effective digital substation solutions
  • Configuration Tools: Leveraging vendor independent tools to speed up the engineering process and reduce implementation costs
  • Digital Substation Design: Developing a flexible and secure digital substation design that fully supports current and future requirements and maximises ROI
  • Advanced Testing: Devising a robust testing procedure to ensure the reliability, security and flexibility of digital substation assets
  • Change Management: Driving IT/OT convergence to speed up the adoption of IT related skills, systems and processes, within the digital substation environment
  • Skills Development: Reorganising workforce structures and fast-tracking skills development to ensure the effective operations and maintenance of digital substations
  • Leveraging Data: Identifying the optimal volume and type of data to generate and transfer to meet a variety of grid development objectives
  • Achieving Multivendor Interoperability: Comparing the potential of IEC 61850 with other protocols for the seamless integration and interoperability of digital substations
  • Substation Functionalities Innovation Panel: during this session leading technology innovators will share their vision for the digital substation market, present their product innovation plans, and provide you with the opportunity to influence their functionalities development direction to better meet utility needs
  • Condition Based Maintenance: Utilising substation data to drive predictive and remote maintenance of digital substation assets
  • Protection & Control: Maximising monitoring and control accuracy and efficiency whilst minimising operations and maintenance complexity to enable the self-healing network
  • Cloud Services: Overcoming cyber security challenges and prioritising the substation functions most suited to cloud services to speed up the migration toward the self-healing network
  • IoT: Establishing the roadmap for implementing IoT based digital substations to enable advanced functionalities for asset management
  • Self-Learning Networks: Introducing AI technology into the digital substation to drive the rapid and full realisation of the self-healing network

Cyber-Security Workshop: 12 April 2018

  • Digital Substation Security: Implementing effective cyber security solutions into digital substation systems that are integrated into legacy infrastructures
  • IED Security: Enabling the secure operation of digital devices such as IEDs and RTUs to ensure the uninterrupted protection and control of digital substations
  • Grid Edge Security: Effectively managing the cyber security of many more grid connections to LV and MV substations; renewable energy sources, smart meters, and EV charging points
  • Mobile Workforce: Eliminating cyber-physical security incidents within digital substations by implementing an effective mobile workforce framework for security policies, procedures and awareness
  • Digital Substation Communication: Effectively securing IP based communication networks to ensure the reliability and security of digital substation systems
  • IEC 61850 Cyber Security: Evaluating the levels of embedded cyber security within IEC 61850 and the customisation required to support the large-scale deployment of multi-vendor multi-edition systems
  • Control Centre to Substation Security: Developing a sophisticated multi-layered prevention, detection and response strategy, to fully secure control centre to substation communications
  • Cloud Security: Identifying the security vulnerabilities of cloud based substation systems and applying advanced cyber security solutions to effectively protect critical cloud based processes and data

Testimonials from the last edition

A very informative and entertaining event. Good networking opportunities”

Ray Zhang, Technical Leader, Protection, Control & Automation – National Grid


“A worthwhile conference for finding out what EU countries are working on in the innovation space”

Andrew Urquhart, Research and Development Project Manager – Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution


“IntelliSub is like a good wine, it gets better year by year”

David Valmacco, Technical Expert – Tecteo RESA


“Large diversity of subjects presented regarding intelligent substations, which gave me a more concrete image of future smart grids than I have previously seen”

Alexander Schouwenaar, Data Scientist – Enexis


“IntelliSub Europe is a major event for those who want to know what is happening in smart grids. It focuses on practical examples and provides an overview of the current status of implementation of many real projects, which makes it a great place to network and benchmark our approach with other DSOs and TSOs. We got very good direction on future trends and new projects.”

Carlos Peças Lopes, Sub Director – EDP Distribuição


Presentation highlights from the last edition

1. Developing a high functionality low cost digital substation concept – Anders Johnsson, Vattenfall

2. Future Intelligent Transmission Network Substations FITNESS –  Cristina Fundulea, SP Energy Networks

3. Maximising monitoring and control functionality whilst minimising operations, maintenance and upgrade costs –  Bengt Almgren, Ellevio

4. Leveraging substation data to support effective system analysis, planning and investment decisions – Benoit de Neuville, Sibelga

5. Opportunities for reducing costs in the rural grid through smart solutions – Ott Antsmaa, Elektrilevi


We look forward to welcoming you to the event. To register please click here!

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