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Utility Companies Receive £600 discount!

"Distribution Automation is emerging as the next hot topic in the smart grid industry. For utilities, DA deployments can yield significant cost savings through measurable improvements in operational efficiency, reliability, service quality, and energy conservation – all of which can contribute to customer satisfaction. In many cases, we expect DA will yield stronger return on investment than smart meters or other high-profile smart grid initiatives." Bob Gohn, Senior Analyst, Pike Research

In order to increase the capacity of the electricity network at a low cost and to facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy, DA will offer significant savings, and will enable generation and demand to connect to the network faster.

Utility DA upgrades are a necessity in supporting the proliferation of distributed renewables and electric vehicles. New capacitor banks, voltage regulators, load tap changers, as well as the retrofit of older units with monitoring and control modules to allow for feeder, substation, or system-wide coordination will be crucial for the next generation grid.
 

SMi's second annual event will enable you to meet and network with utilities and hear about their spending on:

  • distribution switchgear
  • upgraded distribution transformers
  • reclosers and sectionalizers
  • disconnect switches and fused cutout switches

The conference will also showcase the latest on self healing grids, voltage optimisation, data security and analysis via case studies from different stake holders including utilities and technology companies.

 

  • Hear about the commercial case for distributin automation in Europe
  • Learn how to realise return on investment
  • Discuss the barriers and how to overcome them in practical terms
  • Hear the latest on addressing funding issues and constraints
  • Learn the latest about communication systems upgrades and interoperability
  • Hear how utilities in Europe are developing a hugly optimised and cost effective architecture
  • Find out the latest on renewable integration and how it impacts on DA
   

Alliander N.V. ; Apax Partners LLP; Cambridge University; Cisco Systems ; Echelon Energy and Utility; EDF Energy; Electricity Supply Board ; eMeter; ENA; Endesa S.A.; EON; GSMA; Helsingin Energia; IBADAN SOUTH EAST LOCAL GOVT.; Innovation Observatory; Itron; KiWi Power Ltd; Locamation; Lucy Switchgear; Microgen Plc; PA Consulting Group; panasonic; Pike Research UK; RSE; S and C Electric Europe Ltd; SAFT Space and Defense Division; Schneider Electric; Scottish Power; SmartGridNews.Com; SSEPD; Stedin; Tait Radio Communications; Union Fenosa; Union Fenosa Distribucion; Vattenfall A B; Ventyx (UK) Limited; Ventyx, an ABB company

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Graeme Burt

Graeme Burt, Professor, University of Strathclyde

9:10 Distribution Automation - The true game changer

Karin Lomholt Finnemann

Karin Lomholt Finnemann, Head of Department, Grid Development, Dong Energy

  • The new power generation mix- involving more weather dependent renewable resources
  • The new types of end users – EV’s and HP’s
  • Creating an efficient way to meet the new challenges in a more unpredictable energy system
  • The role of smarter solutions in shaping the future of electricity generation and consumption
  • 9:40 Flexible networks for a low carbon future - dynamic network control

    John Kirkwood

    John Kirkwood, Automation NCP Manager, Scottish Power

  •  Objectives for a high voltage smart grid
  • Development achievements to date
  • Ongoing developments and ideas 
  • Distributed versus centralised logical control – the argument
  • Turning data into knowledge
  • Qualifying the benefits of achieving a Low Carbon Network
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    10:20 Large scale automation role out – an example from the Middle East

    Douglas Brown

    Douglas Brown, Area Sales Director at Netcontrol Oy, Netcontrol

  • How to automate a network, designed for manual operation 
  • How to integrate to Scada 
  • Protocol choices and their impact
  • Communication choice
  • Lessons learnt
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Distribution Automation and self healing city networks

    Osmo Siirto

    Osmo Siirto, Unit Manager, Helsingin Energia

  • Implementation of distribution automation in city networks
  • The effect of substation reserves on distribution automation planning
  • The effect of customer interruption costs on distribution automation planning
  • The challenges encountered in the implementation of distribution automation
  • Future R&D needs in distribution automation on the way to self healing city networks
  • 12:00 Distribution Automation using IEC61850; how to maximise the benefits of Substation Automation

    Richard Schimmel

    Richard Schimmel, Senior Consultant, Intelligent Networks & IEC 61850, Kema Nederland BV

  • Distribution Automation challenges
  • How IEC61850 ed2 can help
  • How to achieve multi vendor interoperability
  • How to manage interoperability
  • Conclusions and recommendations 
  • 12:40 The business case for DA and the quantifiable benefits on a practical level

    Mike Meisinger

    Mike Meisinger, Sales and Application Director, S and C Electric Europe Ltd

  • Outage causes
  • Evaluation reliability improvement alternatives
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Base case system effects
  • Case study
  • 13:20 Networking Lunch

    14:20 Automatic network reconfiguration

    Alistair  Steele

    Alistair Steele, Project Manager, Scottish-Hydro Electric

  • Experience to date
  • The Isle of Wight/Eco Island trial
  • Centralised or distributed?
  •  Future trials and application
  • 15:00 Smart grids and smart cities

  • Why smart cities are the perfect testing ground for the smart grid?
  • Example smart city/smart grid projects
  • The DA technologies key to building a smart city
  • The future evolution of the smart city and the role of smart grid technologies
  • Realising the vision: challenges for utilities and city leaders
  • Eric Woods

    Eric Woods, Research Director, Pike Research UK

    15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 What is the next step after a 1st DA implementation

    Sjors  van der Heijden

    Sjors van der Heijden , Advisor, Enexis

  • The DA concept at Enexis
  • Experience with first >100 RMU’s
  • Investments in assets and people
  • Next (shortterm) step(s)
  • Vision for the (longterm) future
  • 16:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Tim Green

    Tim Green, Deputy Head, Imperial College London

    9:20 The new DSO role in the smart grid process

    David Trebolle Trebolle

    David Trebolle Trebolle, Active Management, Network Control and Advanced Applications, Union Fenosa Distribucion

  • What is a DSO?
  • DER and DSO active network management
  • The DSO and new system services
  • Voltage control with DG
  • Firm capacity with DER
  • 10:00 Innovations in the field of Distribution Automation - Experiences from field trials

  • Challenges for the Grid Operator
  • International field trials: Power Matching City, SmartHouse/SmartGrids, EcoGrid
  • Field trials in the Netherlands: Pilot Smart Storage, Couperus, Smart Substation
  • Josco Kester

    Josco Kester, Researcher, TNO

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 DA and the evolution of the smart grid

    Liam O'Sullivan

    Liam O'Sullivan, Programme Director, UK Power Networks

  • Prioritising efforts in achieving the benefits of DA
  • Consumer push back on the highly visible smart meters/ installation of private premises
  • Key factors having an impact on DA architecture and investments:
  • 50% of automation benefits are achieved by automating only 20% of the circuits
  • The potential growth of distributed generation, (solar PV systems, EV, and end use fuel switching)
  • Addressing the complexities to evaluate the business case for DA
  • Where should capital be spent first?
  • 11:50 Low carbon LV networks: future requirements

    Ian Madley

    Ian Madley, Associate Director, Business Relations, University of Manchester

  • Current passive approach to manageLV networks
  • Impacts of hugh penetration of small-scale PV systems and electric vehicles
  • Potential stand-alone and cordinated solutions for managing voltages

     

  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Global Smart Grid trends

    Stewart Neumann

    Stewart Neumann, Senior Manager, Verdantix

  • What are the energy management and smart grid priorities for global businesses? 
  • How does smart grid investment vary by geography and technology?
  • How can energy systems integrators exploit smart grid opportunities
  • 14:30 Understanding the risks and barriers

    Nazmiye Ozkan

    Nazmiye Ozkan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster

  • Consumer perspectives
  • Spatial differences in the functionality and capabilities of smart grids
  • Scalability of technology deployment
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Volt VAR Optimisation

    Jan Ove Gjerde

    Jan Ove Gjerde, SVP R&D , Statnett Entreprenor A S

  • An increased focus on Distribution Automation in order to improve grid reliability, efficiency and capacity
  • New ways of meeting peak load requirements
  • Volt-VAR optimisation – a way to reduce losses from distribution and transmission
  • Steps towards achieving dynamic voltage optimisation
  • Layered intelligence approach –what is the value?
  • 16:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Eric Woods

    Eric Woods

    Research Director, Pike Research UK
    Ian Madley

    Ian Madley

    Associate Director, Business Relations, University of Manchester
    John Kirkwood

    John Kirkwood

    Automation NCP Manager, Scottish Power
    Karin Lomholt Finnemann

    Karin Lomholt Finnemann

    Head of Department, Grid Development, Dong Energy
    Liam O'Sullivan

    Liam O'Sullivan

    Programme Director, UK Power Networks
    Maurice Adriaensen

    Maurice Adriaensen

    Director, Management and Operations Consulting, Kema Nederland BV
    Sjors  van der Heijden

    Sjors van der Heijden

    Advisor, Enexis
    Stewart Neumann

    Stewart Neumann

    Senior Manager, Verdantix
    Tim Green

    Tim Green

    Deputy Head, Imperial College London

    Alistair Steele

    Project Manager, Scottish-Hydro Electric
    Alistair  Steele

    David Trebolle Trebolle

    Active Management, Network Control and Advanced Applications, Union Fenosa Distribucion
    David Trebolle Trebolle

    Douglas Brown

    Area Sales Director at Netcontrol Oy, Netcontrol
    Douglas Brown

    Eric Woods

    Research Director, Pike Research UK
    Eric Woods

    Graeme Bathurst

    Technical Director, TNEI Services Ltd
    Graeme Bathurst

    Graeme Burt

    Professor, University of Strathclyde
    Graeme Burt

    Ian Madley

    Associate Director, Business Relations, University of Manchester
    Ian Madley

    Ian McDonald

    Technical Director, Future Transport Systems
    Ian McDonald

    Jan Ove Gjerde

    SVP R&D , Statnett Entreprenor A S
    Jan Ove Gjerde

    John Kirkwood

    Automation NCP Manager, Scottish Power
    John Kirkwood

    Josco Kester

    Researcher, TNO
    Josco Kester

    Karin Lomholt Finnemann

    Head of Department, Grid Development, Dong Energy
    Karin Lomholt Finnemann

    Liam O'Sullivan

    Programme Director, UK Power Networks
    Liam O'Sullivan

    Maurice Adriaensen

    Director, Management and Operations Consulting, Kema Nederland BV
    Maurice Adriaensen

    Mike Meisinger

    Sales and Application Director, S and C Electric Europe Ltd
    Mike Meisinger

    Nazmiye Ozkan

    Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster
    Nazmiye Ozkan

    Osmo Siirto

    Unit Manager, Helsingin Energia
    Osmo Siirto

    Richard Schimmel

    Senior Consultant, Intelligent Networks & IEC 61850, Kema Nederland BV
    Richard Schimmel

    Sjors van der Heijden

    Advisor, Enexis
    Sjors  van der Heijden

    Stewart Neumann

    Senior Manager, Verdantix
    Stewart Neumann

    Tim Green

    Deputy Head, Imperial College London
    Tim Green

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