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12/12/2017: Blog 8 – Early Bird Expires this Friday 15th December

A quick reminder that the Early Bird rate for NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 expires this Friday 15th December 2017. To join 130+ SCADA professionals for 3 intensive days of case-study insights, technology innovations, and power networking, visit the register page or download the brochure pdf and book your place today!

Whether you are at the early stages of exploring new SCADA systems or already implementing a next generation system, you will benefit enormously from the implementation insights of 20+ leading electric utilities, all of whom have committed to sharing their implementation journey with you, providing deep insights into their successes and their lessons learnt.

Just some of the benefits this forum offers include:

1. Utility-specific content – created with the input of 30+ electric utilities for the electric utility sector, this in-depth sector specific conference programme addresses the most pressing issues facing SCADA professionals operating within the digital grid environment, making each and every session and interaction completely relevant to you

2. Utility-heavy speaker line-up – with 20+ utility case studies scheduled over 3 days, you will gain practical insights into the successes and failures of recent implementations, and be able to apply the lessons learnt to your own implementation plans

3. Bridging the technical and commercial – each presentation links technology choices with commercial issues by focusing on why certain technologies are selected, why certain implementation plans have been made, and why certain road maps have been created, in the context of the organisation’s commercial and regulatory pressures

4. Cyber-security seminar – with a whole day dedicated to cyber security considerations for next generation SCADA systems, this is your opportunity to understand the emerging cyber threats, compare the potential of advanced solutions, and put in place a comprehensive prevention, detection, response and recovery strategy to fully protect and future proof your SCADA infrastructure

5. Focused networking – as a dedicated standalone conference designed specifically to meet the information needs of utility SCADA professionals, this event will attract a very focused audience making networking more relevant and impactful. You will meet the same group of people repeatedly over 3 days and get the opportunity to deepen your connections in the course of the event

6. Influence industry developments – with plenty of interactive sessions built into the programme you will get the opportunity to put forward your questions and suggestions and influence the direction of new technology and service development, by inputting during panel discussions, round table debates, and feedback sessions

7. Focused technology display – through the exhibition area you will get the opportunity to update on the latest technology innovations from leading SCADA system and solution providers. The big system players will be displaying alongside the more niche players providing a balanced view of where the technology is heading

8. Hands on technology previews – you can schedule a private 1:1 live demo lab session with the key technology innovators to get under the skin of their offerings and better understand how next generation solutions could work in your digital grid environment

9. Intimate & discreet – the event is held in a private hotel setting and is not open to the public. All attendees pay a fee to attend and are profiled by the organisers to ensure their business fit with the conference focus. There is a high ratio of utilities to vendors and there is no media participation to ensure that discussions can be open, honest, in-depth and useful

10. ROI – If you book your place before Friday 15th December you can take advantage of the Early Bird rate, which means your trip will cost in the region of €2,895 (€2,395 conference fee, €300 3 x nights at hotel, €200 flight). If you generate 10 new ideas or contacts that help you take your implementation plans to the next level it equates to €289.50 per new idea or contact.

Register here

05/12/2017: Blog 7 – E.ON and HOPS join the speaker line-up

We are now just 8 weeks away from the 5th annual NextGen SCADA Europe 2018, and the Early Bird rate expires in less than 2 weeks on Friday 15th December 2017. To save €200 on delegate places and €500 on exhibitor spaces please visit the registration page of the event website today!

Please join us in welcoming 2 new utility speakers to an already outstanding line-up:

-Thomas Pump, Head of Asset Information Systems
E.ON Climate & Renewables (Germany)

-Ksenija Žubrinić-Kostović, Head of Operational Analysis and Business IT Section
HOPS (Croatia)

This year’s practical implementation focused programme provides 20+ utility case-studies on new SCADA system architectures, integration, functionalities, and cyber-security. The perfect opportunity for you to step back from your own implementation activity, benchmark your approach with that of the leading European utilities, and fine-tune your strategy for maximum success.

Just some of the utility case studies you will hear include:
– Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Centre, System Operations – Tennet
Next Generation SCADA: Implementing a high functionality, cyber-secure, flexible and costs-effective architecture and understanding the impact of the evolving digital grid on TSO SCADA system

– Jorge Hidalgo López, Centre for Electrical Control and Integration of Renewable Energy – Red Eléctrica de España
HVDC Control: Optimising power monitoring and control of HVDC to support decision making processes and achieve stability of the transmission grid

– Paul Plessiez, Project Manager and member of EDI WG group ENTSO-E – RTE
– David Aubril, Enterprise Architect – RTE
CIM: Achieving seamless integration and interoperability between SCADA and other internal and external systems to support the smooth transfer of multiple streams of data

– Thomas Pump, Head of Asset Information Systems – E.ON Climate & Renewables
Alarm Management: Designing and implementing smart alarm management functionality to better inform operator decisions and significantly reduce unplanned outages

– Jose Manuel Corera Sanchez, Head of Control Systems – Iberdrola
Self-Healing: Utilising real-time data to detect and isolate faults, improve system reliability, reduce outage times and optimise operational costs

– Stefan Straubinger, Electrical Engineer – Salzburg Netz
LV Monitoring: Optimising the functionality of LV monitoring systems to ensure cost-efficient visibility of the end-to-end digital grid

– Boaz Landsberger, Information Security- Israel Electric Company
SCADA System Vulnerabilities: Identifying the most critical points of vulnerability in high functionality SCADA systems and how these can be addressed with state of the art cyber-security approaches

– Abdo Saad, Department Manager – Con Edison
Identification and Detection: Optimising the speed and accuracy of detection techniques to safeguard SCADA system security before unforeseen intrusions take root.

To see the complete programme and speaker line-up, click here!

 

28/11/2017: Blog 6 – Forecasting Case Study from R&D Nester

A recent Next Generation SCADA Utility survey carried out by us at Phoenix Forums reveals that 34% of European utilities will be significantly upgrading or replacing their SCADA systems in the next 12 months, 88% overall in the next 3-5 years, with the number one driver for change being the need for new functionalities.

And with renewables integration introducing unprecedented levels of volatility and intermittency into the grid, one of the most crucial functionalities utilities need is advanced forecasting capability.

This week we spoke with Nuno Pinho da Silva, Researcher at R&D Nester who will be joining us at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 to share his recent work in developing an advanced model for accurate forecasting.

Nuno explains “Volatility and intermittency of distributed generation sources such as wind and solar power greatly influences load characteristics. Several methods can be implemented to predict the long and short-term load forecasting depending on demand patterns. Consequently, finding an appropriate forecasting model for a specific electricity network is not a straightforward task. First step in accurate forecasting is integrating multiple data sources to significantly enhance accuracy.

R&D Nester is developing tools for improving the management of electricity from volatile renewable energy sources in the power system. Deterministic power forecasting accuracy can be improved by the assimilation of numerical weather predictions and Earth observation data. It can be further improved by using self-adaptive ensembles of different power predictors. Ensembles of power predictors can also be used to deliver probabilistic power forecasting services supporting risk based decision making for sizing frequency regulation reserves.

The development of valuation methods for improved forecasting performance, applicable to both producers and system operators, allows to perform cost benefit analysis (CBA) to justify the enhanced forecasting accuracy.

My presentation at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 will illustrate these issues with five case studies addressing short-term forecasting on power systems with over 20% of wind and sun in the electricity supply. I will also share experiences on forecasting production both for the purposes of individual generators and system operators, while discussing the technical and economic challenges of multiple data sources assimilation for efficiently and securely integrating volatile renewable energy sources in the electricity supply.”

Nuno’s will be one of 20+ utility case studies that will be shared across the 3 days of NextGen SCADA Europe 2018.

In addition to the practical implementation focused case-study programme, you will gain great insights into the latest technology innovations through a series of panel discussions, 1:1 live demo lab experiences, and a focused display of state of the art SCADA systems and solutions.

And don’t forget the exceptional networking opportunities facilitated through a series of intimate round table discussions and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

 

21/11/2017: Blog 5 – Who would you like to see in the Exhibition area?

The SCADA market is projected to reach USD 13.43 Billion in value by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.6% between 2017 and 2022.

Factors that are driving the growth of the market include increased demand for industrial mobility for remotely managing the process industry, increasing adoption of cloud computing in SCADA systems, increasing infrastructure development in terms of smart cities and transportation and rising adoption of Industry 4.0 using SCADA system.” Source: MarketsandMarkets April 2017

Please join us in welcoming OSI, Darktrace, GE Power, DNV GL, OPAL-RT and Iconics to the exhibition area at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018, where 150+ utility SCADA professionals will gather for 3 days to share implementation insights through 20+ utility case-studies.

Presentations will deep dive into the opportunities and challenges around next generation SCADA system architectures, integration, functionality and cyber-security. As the issues and challenges get uncovered in the conference room, a variety of solutions will be displayed in the adjoining exhibition area, providing the complete ‘how to’ guide to help drive your SCADA development plans to the next level.

Who else would you like to see in the Exhibition area? With only 14 stands available we are inviting only the most relevant and innovative suppliers and service providers into the area, and would like to hear your requests. Please email us at: registration@phoenix-forums.com with your recommendation and we will be delighted to investigate and invite.

Benefits of displaying at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 include:

Utility driven audience – achieved through our ‘application’ focused programme content, utility driven speaker line-up, utility skewed promotional campaign, and utility exclusive telesales campaign, leading to a higher than normal ratio of utility attendees

Case study driven programme – 20+ utility case-studies shared over 3 days, providing deep customer insights into the implementation, operation and cyber security challenges, procurement expectations and management approved roadmaps of the leading European electric utilities, enabling you to fine tune your product development and promotion strategies and better meet evolving customer needs

Technology innovation sessions – providing insights from the leading tech innovators on how they are translating the latest customer trends into market leading solutions and support services, providing you with a solid benchmarking platform to firm up your own position in the supplier ecosystem
Facilitated networking – through a series of structured networking events such as the round table discussions, evening networking reception, refreshment breaks in the exhibition area, you will build deep connections onsite at the conference leading to seamless follow up and relationship building post conference

Exhibition capped at 14 stands – located right next to the conference room, and incorporating all refreshment breaks, round table discussions, and the evening networking reception, the exhibition is strictly limited to 14 stands to ensure the optimal utility to supplier ratio and maximum footfall and visibility for each exhibitor

Testimonials from NextGen SCADA Europe 2017 include:

I was extremely sceptical of everything cloud related coming into the conference, however, after seeing many presentations on all the benefits and trends of cloud computing; I have started seeing use-cases in the company that could be related by private cloud.” Andres Koiva, Leading Specialist, Elektrilevi OÜ

Great mix of participants with insights about challenges that utilities are facing now and in the future.” Oleg Gulich, Smart Grid and ICT Expert, Project Manager, Caruna

Opportunity to meet collective SCADA professionals, interesting updates from suppliers, networking, share technical solutions and open discussions.” Ton Rijnen, IT Service Officer EMS, Tennet TSO

Great networking & interactions with high-levels of technical expertise among participants.” Simon Rodriguez, Vice President of Business Development and Product Management, SUBNET Solutions

Best opportunity to stay tuned in the fast-changing environment of energy world.” Javier Lopez, Product Line Commercialization Manager, GE

 

14/11/2017: Blog 4 – Case Study on Innogy

The next generation of SCADA systems currently being implemented into TSO and DSO environments promise extensive system integration possibilities, high volume data processing capability, and brand-new system functionalities to better support the demands of a rapidly evolving digital grid.

And with these system advances come significant cyber-security challenges which must be fully understood, carefully anticipated and effectively managed in order to prevent, detect and respond effectively to all known and emerging threats.

This week we caught up with Alexander Harsch, Head of Cyber Security Resilience, and Fabian Cholewa, Group Security, Head of Human Firewall Campaign at Innogy, who will be presenting during the SCADA Cyber-Security day at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018. Alexander and Fabian have kindly agreed to share their experience in bringing IT and OT colleagues onto a common cyber-security knowledge platform to ensure the end-to-end protection of SCADA and related systems.

Alexander and Fabian explain: “The IT-Security Law in Germany makes the implementation of an information security management system (ISMS) according to the DIN ISO/IEC 27001:2015 standard mandatory for all Transmission System Operators and Distribution System Operators. ISO 27001 requires the implementation of controls that are standard in today’s office IT but have not fully been implemented in the OT world due to technical constraints and different security concepts.

Bringing information security experts and experts of the electrical grid who are responsible for planning, building and operation together to work effectively and efficiently on information security in the OT landscape can be a challenge. It requires the transfer of hard-skills on information security and operational technology.

To enable the successful collaboration of all experts at Innogy, the ISMS implementation project was accompanied with a Training & Development program to bring IT and OT staff on the same knowledge platform. The program also contained aspects to manage the cultural change. By defining a new cyber security governance structure, all experts were brought together on an organisational level. Additionally, all employees within the scope of the ISMS took part in an awareness campaign, called the human firewall, which has yielded good results.

At NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 we look forward to sharing our experience, the results we have achieved and the lessons we have learnt.”

Innogy’s is one of 20+ utility implementation case-studies scheduled to take place at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018.

Alongside the utility driven programme, you will benefit from a number of technology innovation panel discussions exploring SCADA functionalities, cloud services and cyber-security. A series of intimate end-user driven round table discussions addressing issues arising during the course of the day’s presentations. A live demo lab providing hands-on experience with innovative new SCADA products and a solution zone displaying state of the art SCADA technologies. And last but not least, an evening networking reception open to all participants providing a relaxed and informal setting for new connections to be made and partnerships to form.

Book your place at the only truly end-user driven utility SCADA conference in Europe, and ensure you stay at the leading edge of SCADA system, integration, functionality and cyber-security developments.

In the meantime, please enjoy the presentation highlights from SmartSec Europe 2016 which took place in November 2016:

1. Protecting critical energy infrastructure – David Willacy, National Grid
2. Securing the digital DSO, building the connected utility – Walter van Boven, Alliander
3. Assessing the Emerging IoT Landscape: Implication for Smart Utilities and Achieving Cyber-Resilience – Aurélio Blanquet, EDP Distribuicao
4. Changes in energy distribution and their impact on security – Carlos Montes Portela, Enexis
5. Emerging threats and how to address them – Paul Smith, AIT
6. Cyber security standards development – Bart de Wijs & Frederic Buchi, IEC

 

09/11/2017: Blog 3 – Focus On Red Electrica De Espana

The rapid rate at which renewable energy is now integrating into the power grid is calling for the expansion of HVDC grids to provide higher transmission capacities over longer distances. However, the operational complexities that this introduces, require new modelling and control methodologies of the entire interconnected DC/AC system to accurately compute system behaviour and ensure system stability.

This week we caught up with Jorge Hidalgo López, from the Centre for Electrical Control and Integration of Renewable Energy at Red Eléctrica de España, to get an insight into the presentation he will give at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018. Jorge will be discussing the HVDC control innovations implemented at REE to support the new Spain-France interconnection.

Jorge explained: “The HVDC Inelfe is the new Spain-France interconnection, a ±320 kV double VSC link with a transmission rating of 1000 MW/per link, in commercial operation since October 2015. This project has presented a challenge for both TSOs as the project has had the peculiarity of being an HVDC link embedded in the Continental Europe synchronous system, practically in parallel with the 400 kV Vic-Baixas line, forming one of the most important corridors for active power transfer between France and the Iberian Peninsula.

The HVDC has been implemented with three different operation modes: a classical constant power control (CPC), an angle difference control (ADC) which emulates the behaviour of an AC line and the third one, not in use, proportional to an external signal. Both TSOs have agreed on normally operating the HVDC in the above-mentioned AC emulating mode, in order to optimize system security and the commercial Spanish-French exchange capacity, and leave the classical constant active power transfer mode just as a fall-back mode.

The innovative AC emulating active power control of the HVDC has implied defining a widespread HVDC model for the load flows simulating software PSS®E. Additionally, REE has tackled technical developments on real time SCADA applications (TNA: Transmission System Application) to ensure that the state estimator, on-line security analysis and other on-line real-time tools accurately reflect the emulating active power behaviour of the link and all of its specifics controls.

REE has integrated the operation of the HVDC in its own SCADA, including all the operating functionalities and HVDC controls. New operational displays have been designed trying to faithfully respect the manufacturer HMI (Human Machine Interface), but adapting them to the specific characteristic of Spanish SCADA design. This integration implies more than ,3000 new signals in the control system. At NextGen SCADA Europe 2018, I look forward to sharing the lessons we have learnt from this project and our roadmap for HVDC control innovation.

Jorge will be one of 20+ utility speakers at NextGen SCADA Europe 2018, where 150+ electric utility SCADA professionals will convene for a review of advanced SCADA system architectures, integrations, functionality and cyber-security.

Join us for a rich programme of utility case-studies, technology innovation panel discussions, intimate round table debates, live demo lab sessions, state-of-the-art technology displays, and a high-impact networking reception.

In the meantime, please enjoy a selection of presentations given by Red Eléctrica de España at previous Phoenix Forums smart grid technical events.

1. Condition Monitoring – Javier Figuera Pozuelo – Red Electrica Espana
2. Managing the Migration to IEC 61850 Edition 2 – Carlos Rodriguez del Castillo – Red Electrica Espana
3. IEC 61850 Maintenance Approach – Javier Figuera Pozuelo – Red Electrica Espana


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/10/2017: Blog 2 – 10 Reasons to Visit NextGen SCADA Europe 2018

We are now just 14 weeks away from the 5th annual NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 conference, exhibition and networking forum, and the response to this year’s end-user driven implementation focused programme has been fantastic!

We look forward to welcoming 150+ participants, 20+ utility case-studies, and 10+ exhibitors for 3 intensive days of insightful presentations, in-depth discussions, and high-impact networking. If you are currently planning, designing, implementing or testing new SCADA systems and functionalities then you cannot afford to miss this opportunity to benchmark your approach against the industry leaders and fine-tune your plans for maximum success.

To help you gain management approval to join us, here are your top 10 reasons to attend:

1. Utility-specific content – created with the input of 30+ electric utilities for the electric utility sector, this in-depth sector specific conference programme addresses the most pressing issues facing SCADA professionals operating within the digital grid environment, making each and every session and interaction completely relevant to you

2. Utility-heavy speaker line-up – with 20+ utility case studies scheduled over 3 days, you will gain practical insights into the successes and failures of recent implementations, and be able to apply the lessons learnt to your own implementation plans

3. Bridging the technical and commercial – each presentation links technology with commercial issues by focusing on why certain technology choices have been made, implementation plans been laid, and future road maps created, in the context of the organisation’s commercial and regulatory pressures

4. Cyber-security seminar – with a whole day dedicated to cyber security considerations for next generation SCADA systems, this is your opportunity to understand the emerging cyber threats, compare the potential of advanced solutions, and put in place a comprehensive prevention, detection, response and recovery strategy to fully protect and future proof your SCADA infrastructure

5. Focused networking – as a dedicated standalone conference designed specifically to meet the information needs of utility SCADA professionals, this event will attract a very focused audience making networking more relevant and impactful. You will meet the same group of people repeatedly over 3 days and get the opportunity to deepen your connections during the course of the event

6. Influence industry developments – with plenty of interactive sessions built into the programme you will get the opportunity to put forward your questions and suggestions and influence the direction of new technology and service development, by inputting during panel discussions, round table debates, and feedback sessions

7. Focused technology display – through the exhibition area you will get the opportunity to update on the latest technology innovations from the leading SCADA system and solution providers. The big system players will be displaying alongside the more niche players providing a balanced view of where the technology is heading.

8. Hands on technology previews – you can schedule a private 1:1 live demo lab session with the key technology innovators to really get under the skin of their offerings and better understand how next generation solutions could work in your digital grid environment.

9. Intimate & discreet – the event is held in a private hotel setting and is not open to the public. All attendees pay a fee to attend and are profiled by the organisers to ensure their business fit with the conference focus. There is a high ratio of utilities to vendors and there is no media participation to ensure that discussions can be open, honest, in-depth and useful

10. ROI – If you book your place before Friday 15th December you can take advantage of the Early Bird rate, which means your trip will cost in the region of €3,400 (€2,897.95 conference fee, €300 3 x nights at hotel, €200 flight). If you generate 10 new ideas or contacts that help you take your implementation plans to the next level it equates to €340 per new idea or contact.

 

18/10/2017: Blog 1 – Wide Area Monitoring for Real-Time Situational Awareness

Our recent audience research for NextGen Scada Europe 2018 revealed that Wide Area Monitoring for Real-Time Situational Awareness is one of the most pressing issues on utilities’ minds today. As new capacity addition and renewables integration continues to exacerbate grid complexity and undermine its stability, utilities are searching for new ways to expand their network visibility and monitoring and better prevent outages. And it was with this specific issue in mind that we invited Arjen Jongepier, Innovation & Sustainability Manager at Enduris, and Gert Rietveld, Senior Scientist at VSL, to present their current work in this area.

Arjen and Gert explained: “Increasing deployment of dispersed generation in the medium and low voltage network, combined with the increasing sensitivity and vulnerability of industrially and domestically applied power electronics require better understanding and management of the dynamic behaviour of distribution systems. TSO based applications of synchro phasor measurements, such as island detection and WAMS/WAPS are not quite shaped to support the control and management of distribution specific characteristics: lower inertia, shorter distances, many more customers, lower observability. Distribution management system applications must therefore be adapted to DSO specific needs. Examples are real-time harmonics reporting and power system vulnerability assessments.

Enduris and VSL have installed a set of synchro phasor measurement units to collect field data, and initiated a research programme with universities to support R&D in this area. Both bottom-up electrical power system analyses and top-down big data mathematics are being applied to investigate promising applications: detection and classification of anomalies/events, grid parameter assessment, and vulnerability/stability assessment. 
At NextGen SCADA Europe 2018 we will present our first wave of results and invite researchers and developers to take part in this programme and make use of the collected field data.

This presentation will be one of 20+ utility case-studies scheduled to take place at NextGen Scada Europe 2018. Additionally, we are pleased to offer a number of technology innovation panels, a series of intimate roundtable discussions, live demo labs of the latest SCADA solutions, an exhibition of state-of-the-art SCADA systems and components, and an evening networking reception enabling you to power network with like-minded electric utility SCADA professionals.