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 Distribution Automation Europe

Understand the potential of smart control and the self healing Grid

Mark Ossel - Chairmans Welcome: "After Smart Metering came Smart Grid… a word misused and misunderstood in many cases.
The key challenge during the next years will be to be prepare for the distortion of the Low Voltage grid.
To cope with decentralized generation, PV,EV. This seminar  will cover these topics and help to be ready"


Distribution Automation is expected to form a crucial element of the Smart Grid development. The investment levels in Distribution Automation are likely to increase dramatically in the forthcoming years as utilities’ place a greater emphasis on operational efficiency, reliability, and energy conservation. Understanding the benefits, in terms of improving reliability, control enhancements, and cost savings, form the basis of the rationalisation in favour of utilities implementing Distribution Automation.

Attending this conference will allow you to deepen your understanding of the potential benefits of implementing Distribution Automation technology and appreciate the business model associated with the adoption of Distribution Automation. In addition, you will benefit from discussing the potential problems in the implementation of Distribution Automation and their solutions with leading experts. Analyze, alongside leading specialists, how altering regulations could encourage the uptake of Distribution Automation technology and consider how increased  automation of the grid can help meet climate change targets.




Gain valuable insight into the development of the European Distribution Automation Opportunity

Understand the restriction and regulations utilities face in deploying Smart Grid technology

Share knowledge with industry professionals actively engaged in building the DA business case and understand the market drivers

Hear unique case studies from European utilities, benefit from their successes and learn from their failures  


This conference would be of interest for:

  • Director of Smart Grids
  • Head of Smart Grid Planning
  • Head of Smart Grid Innovation
  • Distribution Development Director 
  • Director for Strategy
  • Specialist in Steategic Innovation- Grids
  • Head of Energy Delivery
  • Director of Utility Transformation
  • Renewable Technology Integration

From such industries including Utilities, Grid Technology Developers, IT Solutions Providers, and Equipment and Service Providers.   

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mark Ossel

Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Memeber and VP, Echelon Energy and Utility

9:10 Moving to a 'smarter' distribution network, through automation and active network management

John Kirkwood

John Kirkwood, Automation NCP Manager, Scottish Power

  • Developing new applications to assess network condition
  • Intelligent monitoring, interpreting data into information
  • Facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy through smart network management
  • 9:50 LiveLab: Extreme Makeover of Medium Voltage Distribution Network

    Frans Campfens

    Frans Campfens, Senior Consultant SmartGrids (ICT) and AMR, Alliander

  • Prototype
  • A lab in the field
  • Focus of experience and cooperation
  • A chain of components, OT/IT and operation
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Smart Grid Control Centre

    Rui Silva

    Rui Silva, Industry Solutions Executive, Ventyx, an ABB company

  • Drivers and challenges: EV, DER, DRMS
  • System components, workflows and integration: Planned and unplanned outage management processes
  • Centralized vs. localized automation: Network model based "Self Healing" and VVO
  • Role of Smart Meters and IT systems in network management
  • Use cases and benefits
  • Trends
  • 11:40 Distributed intelligence: a layered approach

    Mike  Edmonds

    Mike Edmonds, VP Strategic Solutions, S and C Electric Europe Ltd

    The principals of self-healing
     - Non communicative (pulse closing)
     - Communicative (radio and fibre)
     - Enhanced protection co-ordination
    The impacts of distributed energy storage and voltage optimization


    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Control at the Edge of the Grid

    Mark Ossel

    Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Memeber and VP, Echelon Energy and Utility

  • Architecture to support Smart Grid
  • LV transformer central architecture
  • Need for decentralized control
  • The necessity to combine Smart Metering and Smart Grid
  • 14:00 Critical Infrastructure protection in the European utilities environment

    Simon Noon

    Simon Noon, Business Development Manager- Utilities, Tait Radio Communications

    14:40 Smart Network – Enabling technologies

    Ronan  O'Hogartaigh

    Ronan O'Hogartaigh , Networks Operations Manager , ESB

  • Loop automation
  • Voltage regulation & embedded generation
  • Fault passage indicators
  • Self tuning Peterson coils
  • System losses management
  • Telecommunications
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Smart Metering; full roll-out to support Distribution Automation- Germany Case Study

    Matthias Grandel

    Matthias Grandel, Head of Sales and Technology- Metering, EON

  • Regulatory and legal requirements for smart metering in Germany
  • How can DSOs prepare for a full-rollout with smart meters
  • Implications on roles, business models and processes
  • Smart metering as the basis for an integrated smart energy infrastructure
  • 16:30 Real Time Systems in Distribution Networks

    Jesus  Carrillo Martinez

    Jesus Carrillo Martinez, Head of Real Time Systems and Infrastructure, Gas Natural Fenosa

  • Security and multisite configuration in SCADA systems
  • DMS and back office systems
  • Smart advance network analysis applications
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mark Ossel

    Mark Ossel, ESNA Board Memeber and VP, Echelon Energy and Utility

    9:10 Grid Stability and Market facilitation requirements for Medium voltage networks mapped on standardisation

    Frans Campfens

    Frans Campfens, Senior Consultant SmartGrids (ICT) and AMR, Alliander

  • Energy transition and the impact on MV networks
  • Properties of grid stability and market facilitation
  • Available standards
  • Gap Analysis
  • 9:50 The Benefits of Investing in Distribution Automation

  • Customer Minutes lost optimization
  • Disturbance indication, Remote switching, Self-healing
  • Grid Insight
  • Power Quality, Voltage monitoring and control, Metering, Network losses
  • Asset Management
  • Loading Conditions for grid planning, equipment health prediction, partial discarge monitoring
  • Business process optimization
  • Tehcnology lifetime management, aging employees, knowledge management, labour efficiency
  • Maarten Van Riet

    Maarten Van Riet, Manager, Research and Development, Alliander N.V.

    Frank Baldinger

    Frank Baldinger, Director, Business Development, Locomation

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Evolution of Distribution Automation in Vattenfall Finland

    Ville Maksimainen

    Ville Maksimainen, Manager, Operation Planning, Vattenfall A B

  • Adding feeder automation and upgrading SCADA/DMS Systems
  • Modernising telecommunications
  • Examples of real Smart Grid Solutions (AMR-DMS integration, Fault Location, Isolation and Restoration)
  • 11:40 Introduction of a Self-Healing Grid

    Wim Kerstens

    Wim Kerstens, Expert Asset Management, Stedin

  • Improving Customer satisfaction by decreasing SAIDI
  • Self-healing mechanisms- remote control of switches to locate, isolate the fault and restore the service
  • The technology behind the self-healing mechanisms
  • Safety issues for a self-healing network
  • Improving Network design
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Improving the ability to locate faults and the Self-healing grid

    Osmo Siirto

    Osmo Siirto, Unit Manager, Helen Electricity Network Limited

  • Decreasing the number of faults
  • The benefits of reducing the interruption time
  • Distribution Automation strategies
  • Self-healing mechanisms- remote control of switches to locate, isolate the fault and restore the service
  • Technologies behind improving the self-healing grid
  • 14:00 Distribution Automation: the IT Challenges

    Eric Woods

    Eric Woods, Senior Analyst, Pike Research UK

  • What are the major innovations happening in IT for distributed automation?
  • What are the challenges in terms of data management, security and integration with oher IT systems?
  • How is the relationship between operational systems and enterprise systems changing?
  • How is the supplier landscape changing?
  • What IT developments will have the biggest impact in future?
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Malaga Smart City: One Year On

    Ruth Martin Soria

    Ruth Martin Soria, Innovation Project Manager, Endesa S.A.

  • Investigating how energy efficiency, CO2 emissions and renewables are workingin practice
  • Successes and pitfalls of the project
  • Studying the technical aspects of the project
  • Exporting the SmartCity concept to other parts of Europe
  • 15:50 Mobile for smart utilities: technology evolution and partnership opportunities

    Svetlana Grant

    Svetlana Grant, Project Manager Embedded Mobile Programme , GSMA

  • Supporting Smart Utilities communications requirements with mobile technologies
  • Planning for the future: The evolution of mobile networks
  • What are the partnership opportunities and learnings from the early joint AMI rollouts?
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



    Distributed Intelligence: Creating the Self Healing Grid

    Distributed Intelligence: Creating the Self Healing Grid

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    12th October 2011
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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