Conference Programme

Day 1 - Tuesday 30th January 2018

08:00

Registration and refreshments

08:50

Opening address from the Chair

  • Mark Ossel, Vice President, Board Member Networked Energy Services Corporation, OSGP AllianceMark Ossel Vice President, Board member - Networked Energy Services Corporation, OSGP Alliance

09:00

Drivers for Change

Understanding the impact of the evolving digital grid on SCADA system requirements and determining a cost-effective system development plan to support this

  • Understanding the implications of key drivers for change:
    • Increasing complexity presented by DER, DA, AMI, Storage, V2G, VPP
    • New services and new business models
    • Physical and cyber security driven by IT/OT, IoT and new applications
    • Innovation through building new applications, trials and pilots
  • Evaluating how production, transmission and distribution network expansion is driving the need for greater data storage capability and analysis to support the day to day operation of the grid
  • Implementing the most cost-effective system developments, functionalities and features to support stable and secure digital grid operations
  • Assessing the emerging cyber-security risks posed by the evolving threat landscape and how it affects the need for SCADA system evolution into a Digital Grid Platform
  • Integrating legacy SCADA systems with new platforms to extend system lifecycle

  • Aurelio Blanquet, Director, Division of Automation and Telecommunications & Chair EE-ISAC, EDPAurelio Blanquet Director, Division of Automation and Telecommunications & Chair EE-ISAC - EDP

09:30

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

  • Understanding the implications of key drivers for change for next generation SCADA system architectures and functionalities
  • Analysing the advanced processes that the European Network Code imposes on DSOs and TSOs and how these can support the migration toward the digital grid
  • Evaluating how DSOs and TSOs can implement new information exchange processes with other grid users resulting in new demands on SCADA EMS systems
  • Evaluating how production, transmission and distribution network expansion is driving the need for greater data exchange and data storage capability to support the day to day operation of the grid
  • Translating the growing demands for new SCADA developments into a secure architecture that supports the integration of new functions
  • Creating greater interoperability of SCADA system with IT and OT systems to support flexible and resilient grid operations
  • Implementing secure and flexible system functionalities that supports efficient operations and DER integration
  • Establishing a robust architecture that meets redundancy, cyber security, and data management and processing requirements
  • Will the implementation of a system with one back-up still be the standard or is a new architecture required?

  • Jan Vorrink, Manager National Control Centre, System Operations, TennetJan Vorrink Manager National Control Centre, System Operations - Tennet

10:00

Legacy SCADA System Integration

Achieving interoperability of SCADA with other IT and OT systems to extend network visibility to the end-to-end digital grid

  • Identifying when to invest versus upgrade your legacy SCADA infrastructure to support next generation requirements
  • Comparing alternative approaches to building real-time capability in legacy SCADA systems
  • Overcoming the interface challenges when integrating legacy SCADA with new functionalities for more efficient data transfer
  • Enabling more effective integration of legacy SCADA systems with DER to support close monitoring of the end to end power supply
  • Analysing the ways in which operators can extend the lifecycle of existing SCADA systems to enable longer and more cost-effective operations

10:30

Morning refreshments & exhibition

11:00

Vendor Panel Discussion: Advanced Functionalities

Prioritising the SCADA system functionalities that will maximise the performance of the digital grid and deliver a significant return on investment

  • Prioritising investment in functionalities that meet current requirements and allow for adaptation, additions and scalability to effectively meet next generation grid demands
    • Forecasting
    • Alarm management
    • LV monitoring
    • Frequency control
    • Voltage control
  • Identifying alternative approaches to data incorporating functionality within legacy and new SCADA systems, advanced future-proof functionalities to improve decision making through analysis of operational data and support day to day operations, business and planning activities
  • Understanding the interface requirements and security measures to protect the integrity of advanced functionalities in the system 
  • Determining how new functionalities can enable more accurate short term forecasting
  • Enabling employee training and development to fully unlock the potential of functionalities and facilitate an efficient and secure operation

12:30

Lunch, networking & exhibition

14:00

SCADA & GIS

Optimising the integration of SCADA & GIS systems to achieve accurate and real-time monitoring of the grid

  • Determining the range of information that can be extracted from GIS systems and used to produce in depth analyses and results
  • Pace-layering SCADA, GIS and ERP in the correct security zones
  • Ensuring that GIS data and visuals are represented accurately when transferred to SCADA
  • Enabling secure remote accessibility of GIS through mobile channels such as tablets and cell phones and real-time monitoring on the move
  • Establishing which application to use in which situation to maximise performance
  • Dealing with changing requirements in the market and measuring the business benefits in terms of optimised network and crew management

14:30

SCADA & AGC

Achieving effective integration of AGC, SCADA and DER systems to ensure efficient load balancing and cost-effective power supply 

  • Understanding how increasing numbers of DER systems in the grid is driving the need for better integration of AGC, SCADA and DER systems
  • Examining the architecture and interface considerations for SCADA, AGC and DER integration to support the seamless and real-time transfer of information in a dynamic digital grid environment
  • Migrating towards a highly automated system architecture to minimise manual intervention and speed up operator decision making
  • Determining the cyber-security vulnerabilities introduced by SCADA, AGC, DER integration and identifying how these can be overcome
  • Quantifying the improvements that will be achieved in terms of reduced grid disruption and higher quality power supply

15:00

Wide Area Monitoring

Phasor Measurements: Situational awareness and real-time grid control for DSO’s and the implications for measuring accuracy

  • Examining a methodological approach to DSO grid control and application development to ensure situational awareness in support of growing numbers of renewable generation
  • Extending the development and implementation of DSO specific synchronized phasor measurement applications for grid control
  • Selection, evaluation and prioritization of useful DSO applications of phasor measurement systems
  • Developments on increasing sensor accuracy, data collection and storage, and data analytics for distribution power system status monitoring and stability enhancement purposes

15:30

Afternoon refreshments & exhibition

16:00

Self-Healing

Utilising real-time data to detect and isolate faults, improve system reliability, reduce outage times and optimise operational costs

  • Defining a generic logic approach where no maintenance is required due to topology changes
  • Identifying the centralised solution in the control system to restore faults in a fast and secure way
  • Maximising the effectiveness of real-time data to detect and isolate faults and rapidly reconfigure the network to minimise power outage
  • Implementing additional functionality to identify undesired islands, using real-time measurement and topology analysis
  • Analysing information from the field and working around wrong information, failed commands, different substation tele-control engineering approaches
  • Closing the loop: control system autonomous restoration as a path to implement automatic operations from the control system, such as DER close loop control by the DSO

16:30

SCADA/EMS System Virtualization

Supporting advanced and flexible grid operations through implementation of SCADA environment virtualization

  • Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of virtualization for SCADA systems and outlining the drivers for implementation
  • Comparing differences in physical versus virtual servers and storage to establish the baseline for decision making
  • Evaluating different functionality and approach to maintenance in both virtualised and physical systems
  • Outlining the differences in backup and recovery and comparing resource distribution and performance in virtual and physical systems
  • Implementing a robust SCADA virtualization architecture and assessing the outcome in terms of:
    • Network
    • Physical servers
    • Storage
    • Virtual servers
    • Database
  • Introducing next steps in support of the existing infrastructure by implementing full flash storage technologies and VDI

17:00

Roundtable discussions

During this session he audience breaks out into several smaller working groups, each focused on specific themes that arose during the day’s presentations. Each working group will comprise of representatives of the entire smart grid technical community to ensure a well-rounded and holistic discussion. Key issues raised and solutions proposed will be collated for presentation to the wider group at the end of the session

18:30

Networking Reception

Time to relax and unwind after an intensive day of presentations and discussion! All participants are invited to join this networking reception where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues from across the European smart grid technical community.

Day 2 - Wednesday 31st January 2018

08:00

Registration and refreshments

08:50

Welcome back from the Chair

09:00

HVDC Control

Optimising power monitoring and control of HVDC to support decision making processes and achieve stability of the transmission grid

  • Identifying advanced supervisory control actions to guarantee high levels of uptime for the HVDC grid
  • Employing a hierarchical control system to manage different functions such as voltage or power flow control and limit fault disturbances
  • Applying appropriate responses to any disturbances within VSC based HVDC to effectively manage voltage and power flow for further renewables integration
  • Implementing interconnection of multiple HVDC converters to better control power flow and facilitate the future expansion into HVDC grids
  • Measuring the effectiveness of HVDC control innovations to facilitate renewable penetration, improving grid security and decreasing congestion in the system

  • Jorge Hidalgo López, Centre for Electrical Control and Integration of Renewable Energy, Red Eléctrica de España
Jorge Hidalgo López Centre for Electrical Control and Integration of Renewable Energy - Red Eléctrica de España


09:30

TSO-DSO Reactive Power Exchange

Providing reactive power support for the transmission system in real time, whilst ensuring consideration of distribution constrains

  • Discussing the TSO-DSO relationship by which market actors can interact with distribution network capacity limitations
  • Deploying Nodal Controller on certain types of large distribution connected windfarms clusters in Ireland
  • Examining the experience from this innovative project trial and findings from the device implementation
  • Investigating the means and processes for screening and assessment of impact of activation of TSO System Services provided by distribution connected resources

10:00

LV Monitoring

Optimising the functionality of LV monitoring systems to ensure cost-efficient visibility of the end-to-end digital grid

  • Exploring how visibility and control of the LV network can lead to better network management and greater reliability of the link between smart meters and the control room
  • Applying innovative approaches to utilize load monitoring data in combination with other sources of data to achieve network modeling accuracy and optimize network investment
  • Monitoring high volumes of data from AMI and DER systems to support and control LV networks
  • Investigating the opportunities for integrating new low-cost LV management systems with SCADA/DMS to provide extensive visibility of the digital grid
  • Quantifying the benefits in grid performance when applying remote control to LV networks

10:30

Morning refreshments & exhibition

11:00

Vendor Panel Discussion: SCADA in the Cloud

Leveraging the opportunities and managing the risks of cloud based SCADA systems to support advanced and flexible operation of the digital grid

  • Identifying drivers for migrating towards a cloud based SCADA system in terms of:
    • Range of functionality
    • Speed of access
    • Cost-effectiveness
  • Evaluating a hybrid SCADA in the cloud model and determining which functionality should be clouded based and which inhouse
  • Overcoming the challenges of maintaining constant and cost-effective connectivity up time through a variety of solutions
  • Identifying security vulnerabilities of SCADA in the cloud solutions and determining technically robust ways to address this
  • Examining how utilities can maintain control over their SCADA information and performance once migrated to the cloud 

  • Biren Gandhi, Global Work & Asset Optimisation and Renewable Energy Solutions Leader, IBMBiren Gandhi Global Work & Asset Optimisation and Renewable Energy Solutions Leader - IBM

12:30

Lunch, networking & exhibition

14:00

Alarm Management

Designing and implementing smart alarm management functionality to better inform operator decisions and significantly reduce unplanned outages

  • Implementing a well-defined alarm policy backed up by training and development to ensure effective operator alarm management
  • Ensuring an efficient alarms classification approach to pre-empt cascading alarms and take action in timely manner
  • Introducing the functionality into the system to intelligently recognize certain situations that could cause cascading alarms
  • Working effectively with suppliers to develop advanced alarm management system that meets current and future needs
  • Quantifying the benefits of smart alarm management in terms of reduced grid disruption and outages

14:30

Data Processing

Achieving effective system integration, data handling and data analytics, to support effective operational decision making for the evolving digital grid

  • Understanding the changing grid environment and the role that data processing plays in grid development and meeting business objectives
  • Developing the SCADA architecture for more advanced real-time data collection, analysis and storage
  • Achieving system interoperability to drive the smooth transfer of complex and unstructured data from legacy substations to SCADA systems
  • Handling the increasingly large volumes of smart meter data to gain a better understanding of customer and grid requirements
  • Effectively correlating high volumes of incomplete data with external sources to drive forecasting accuracy
  • Understanding the latest requirements in data protection and developing cyber security approaches to address these
  • Identifying the optimal data processing roadmap to maximise the ROI of grid investment

15:00

SCADA in Gas Networks

SCADA in Gas Networks – attaining effective gas flow control and gas composition through the implementation of state of the art SCADA systems to achieve operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness
  • Highlighting the challenges for gas transmission and distribution systems in the digital age
  • Examining the safety risks and identifying cost-effective ways to detect, manage, and evaluate incidents
  • Enabling next generation support, where operators and dispatchers are able to perceive with high accuracy how the incident will develop and are able to mobilise effective and efficient countermeasures
  • Understanding and managing the challenges of implementing new digital support to ensure success

15:30

Afternoon refreshments & exhibition

16:00

Forecasting

Integrating multiple sources of data to enhance forecasting methodology and determining the value the improved forecasting

  • Identifying how a more dynamic and volatile digital grid is driving the need for more forecasting tools and processes
  • Complementing data sources and advanced algorithms to significantly enhance accuracy
  • Leveraging forecasting methodologies and algorithms to effectively integrate renewable energy sources into the advanced digital grid
  • Quantifying the value of improved forecasting

16:30

CIM

Achieving seamless integration and interoperability between SCADA and other internal and external systems to support the smooth transfer of multiple streams of data

  • Comparing CIM with other interoperability models for ease of implementation, cost-efficiency and technical performance
  • Breaking down the key components of CIM to simplify and understand its application in the SCADA environment
  • Leveraging CIM as a semantic model in establishing a common and effective interoperability framework
  • Identifying ways to speed up the implementation of CIM
  • Optimising CIM implementation costs and determining how they can be reduced
  • Building a business case to achieve speedy management approval for CIM implementation

17:00

Closing remarks from the chair and end of day two