Featured Presenters


Prof. Ronnie Belmans, K.U. Leuven and CEO of Energyville:

LINEAR — Large-Scale Implementation of Smart Grid Technologies in Distribution Grids

The Linear project (Local Intelligent Networks and Energy Active Regions) aims at the introduction and implementation of smart grid technologies in the low voltage electricity grid in Flanders. In particular, valuable experience of practical interest is gained on active demand-side management of domestic loads.

Ronnie Belmans is Full Professor at K.U. Leuven. He was chairman of the board of directors of ELIA, the Belgian transmission grid operator from June 2002 to May 2010. Since June 2010 he has been honorary Chairman of the board of directors of ELIA. He is co-founder of the K.U. Leuven Energy Institute and the European Energy Institute. He is co-founder and CEO of Energyville and also guest professor at Imperial College of Science, Medicine and Technology, London-UK.


Dipl.-Ing. Wilfried Fischer, TSO 50Hertz:

Low-Frequency High Voltage Offshore Grid for Transmission of Renewable Power

German railroads are electrified at 16.7 Hz (=50/3 Hz), and experience with equipment operating at this frequency has been gained for decades. Is a low-frequency 16.7 Hz AC offshore grid a practical alternative to HVDC? What are the capital and operational aspects when connecting to offshore wind parks?

Wilfried Fischer received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Technical University of Darmstadt in 1976. He then worked on AC transmission projects especially in the Middle East. In the mid-80s, he joined the HVDC business of Siemens and managed HVDC projects. Since 2004, he has been in charge of the AC grid expansion of TSO 50Hertz Transmission GmbH. Mr. Fischer is a member of VDE and of IEEE PES.


Prof. Mack Grady, University of Texas:

Lessons Learned from the Texas Synchrophasor Network

W. Mack Grady is Professor and Associate Chairman of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin, moving on to Baylor University with the same title in September 2012. He is Fellow of IEEE for “Contributions in the Analyses and Control of Power System Harmonics and Power Quality”. Prof. Grady also operates solar radiation monitoring stations in Austin and in West Texas.

At ISGT, Dr. Grady presents results from the Texas Synchrophasor Network. This project succeeds in assuring high wind energy penetration with only on a few strategically-placed Phasor Measurement Units. Mack will speak about lessons learned on measurements taken at wall outlets, daily grid operations, and the grid response to disturbances. He will introduce how to simply and economically install synchrophasor systems.


Christoph Schneiders, Amprion:

Enhancement of Situation Awareness in Wide Area Transmission Systems for Electricity and Visualization of the Global System State

The dramatic increase of data the operator has to monitor calls for innovative solutions of visualization in control centres of electrical transmission systems. At ISGT in Berlin, Christoph Schneiders will introduce the importance of enhancing situational awareness in leading this effort. The proposed solution supports an at-a-glance and clear insight for control centre staff.

Mr. Schneiders is with Transmission System Operator Amprion a Consultant to Vice President for transmission system operation. He has been educated and gained experience as dispatcher at the main control centre Brauweiler. Further, he is involved in several international working groups of ENTSO-E. Since 2010, he has been Secretary of CIGRE Study Committee C2 “System Operation and Control”.


Dr. Suresh C. Verma, Chubu Electric Power

Short Circuit Current Estimation using PMU Measurements during Normal Load Variation

With more integration of renewable sources to the system in the future, it is going to be more difficult to grasp fully the system configuration and parameters needed by performing conventional calculation of short circuit current in advance. As a result, there is a rising need to estimate the short circuit current from online measurements and without any pre-knowledge of network parameters and configuration. This could be provided by a methodology which is introduced by Dr. Suresh Chand Verma at ISGT in Berlin.

Dr. Verma is with Chubu Electric Power Company from Japan and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology in 1994. Before coming to Japan, in 1990, he has been working in an electric power company in India.


Prof. Ali Abur, Northeastern University in Boston:

Bad Data Detection in Two-Stage State Estimation Using Phasor Measurements

Bad data detection is essential for Smart Grid operation. In his presentation, Prof. Ali Abur shows how bad data analysis can be carried out when a conventional state estimator is augmented by a second stage estimation to account for PMU measurements.  The aim is to improve all critical application functions that depend on state estimator at the control centers of the Smart Grid.

Ali Abur is Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an IEEE Fellow for his work on power system state estimation.