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  • SS01 | Future-proof electricity market design

    SS01 | Revisiting Electricity Market Designs

    DAY 2 JUN 29 SALA GOYA | 13:30 - 15:00

    Chair: Pablo Rodilla IIT, Comillas University, Madrid

    Add to calendar2021-06-29 13:30 2021-06-29 15:00 Europe/Madrid SS01 | Future-proof electricity market design Pablo Rodilla IIT, Comillas University, Madrid POWERTECH 2021

    Electricity systems worldwide are being challenged by both increasing penetrations of intermittent renewable resources and extreme weather events, which, due to climate change, are presenting a higher frequency and intensity. In terms of market design, these challenges are translated into the need to better reward flexibility and adequacy services, to introduce more granular price signals, and, in general, to create a level playing field where all market players can compete, including demand and distributed energy resources. Responding to these needs will require reforms and refinements at all levels, encompassing adequacy mechanisms, energy markets, ancillary services and renewables support schemes. This session will assess for state-of-the-art practices in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
    • Benjamin Hobbs, Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute, Johns Hopkins University
    • Luiz Augusto Barroso, CEO of PSR
    • David Newbery , University of Cambridge, UK
    • Ross Baldick, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Karsten Neuhoff, German Institute for Economic Research AND Technical University of Berlin
  • SS02 | Integrated Distributed Energy Networks

    SS02 | Integrated Distributed Energy Networks

    DAY 3 JUN 30 SALA GOYA | 15:30 - 17:00

    Chair: Misha Chertkov University of Arizona, Tucson; Skoltech, Moscow

    Add to calendar2021-06-30 15:30 2021-06-30 17:00 Europe/Madrid SS02 | Integrated Distributed Energy Networks Chair: Misha Chertkov University of Arizona, Tucson; Skoltech, MoscowPOWERTECH 2021

    Multi-energy Systems are undergoing tremendous changes. Opportunities in integrated planning, operation, and modeling of the energy systems, including electric, natural gas, and district heating–cooling systems together with the demand side, are many. Traditionally, the role of electric power has been regarded as an energy carrier between the power plants and the consumers. Consequently, the focus of power system analysis, planning, and operation has been limited to those parts of the system that are between the electrical side of the power generators and the power outlets of the consumers. By expanding the system boundaries to also include the dynamics of supply of primary energy, for example, gas, and the characteristics of consumers’ power consumption, the overall efficiency and security of the power system can be improved. Furthermore, energy requirements of some consumers can be satisfied by different energy carriers. For example, heating can be achieved by electric power, gas, or, if available, district heating networks. An integrated analysis of all these systems would, therefore, offer new possibilities of providing an energy system with additional redundancy and flexibility, resulting in more efficient and resilient energy offerings to the consumers and the society, in general. Energy efficiency and renewable integration are also the drivers for energy system decarbonization. Final energy uses should be optimized especially in buildings and transport. Electrification of mobility and heating and cooling are in line with this trend. Integration of supply networks for electricity, heat and gas including future renewable gases, as hydrogen, poses important challenges in planning and operation of these infrastructures, together with optimization and control of final energy resources. The role of energy communities will be also discussed.

    CHAIR Misha Chertkov University of Arizona, Tucson; Skoltech, Moscow
    • Role and potential of energy communities in the decarbonisation of the European energy system
      Hans Auer (TU-Wien)
    • A Hierarchical Approach to Multienergy Demand Response: From Electricity to Multienergy Applications
      Misha Chertkov* (University of Arizona, Tucson and Skoltech, Moscow)
    • Flexibility in multi-energy systems
      Gianfranco Chicco (Politecnico di Torino)
    • Flexibility and grid services from hydrogen-based distributed multi-energy systems
      Pierluigi Mancarella (Univ of Melbourne and Manchester)
    • Technical Strategies and Open Source Analytics to Support Planning, Design, and Optimization of Multi-Energy Systems in Communities and Districts
      Ben Polly (NREL)
    • Multienergy Networks Analytics: Standardized Modeling, Optimization, and Low Carbon Analysis
      Ning Zhang (State Key Laboratory of Power Systems, Tsinghua University, Beijing)
      Hans Auer has been with Energy Economics Group (EEG) at Technische Universität Wien for more than 25 years, accompanied by various research fellowships and visits abroad. After studying electrical engineering (1996, MSc), he graduated in the field of energy economics (2000, PhD and 2012, Venia Docendi). Since the beginning of his academic career, Hans has been working on various aspects of energy market design and grid/market integration of renewable energy technologies both in applied research (coordination of a multitude of EU and national projects) as well as teaching/supervision of students, graduates and doctoral candidates. He has a significant amount of scientific publications and conference contributions (worldwide). Hans is an active member in different academic and scientific committees and associations.
      Michael (Misha) Chertkov is a Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP) in Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona (UArizona). He also has courtesy appointments at the Department of Computer Science and GIDP in Statistics and Data Science of the UArizona. Misha area of focus is mathematics, including statistics and data science, applied to physical, engineered and other systems and networks. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996, spent three years at Princeton University as a R.H. Dicke Fellow in the Department of Physics, and joined Los Alamos NL in 1999, initially as a J.R. Oppenheimer Fellow and then as a Technical Staff Member. During his 20 years at LANL he led multiple LDRD/DR, DTRA and DOE/EERE projects, in particular on “physics of algorithms”, “optimization, inference and learning of energy systems” and “machine learning for turbulence”. Misha has moved to Tucson in 2019. He has published more than 200 papers, is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a senior member of IEEE.
    Gianfranco Chicco graduated in Electrotechnics Engineering (honors) at Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Torino, Italy, and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrotechnics engineering from the POLITO School. He is currently a Full Professor of Power and Energy Systems at POLITO. He received the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa” from the University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania) and from the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” of Iasi (Romania) in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (Power and Energy Society) since 2018, and the vice-Chair of the IEEE Italy Section since 2021. He is the Scientific Responsible of the research group on Power and Energy Systems at POLITO, and the Responsible of the Torino unit of the Italian Consortium ENSIEL. In 2003 he was a Member of the Administration Board of POLITO and a Member of its “Budget and Accounting Management” and “Personnel Management” Commissions. In 2007-2015 he was the President of the University Academic Planning Council in Electrical Engineering at POLITO. He participated in various European Projects under FP6, FP7 and H2020 funding. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (Elsevier), a Subject Editor of Energy (Elsevier), and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, IET Renewable Power Generation, and Energies (MDPI). He is a past Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He was the Chair of the International Conferences 55th UPEC (2020), 7th IEEE PES ISGT Europe (2017), and 6th WESC (2006).His research activities include Power System Analysis, Distribution System Analysis and Optimization, Electrical Load Management, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact of Multi-Energy Systems, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence Applications to Power and Energy Systems, Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Generation, and Power Quality. His International scientific production includes one book, five book chapters, over 100 journal publications, and over 150 publications in conference proceedings.
      Pierluigi Mancarella (M’08–SM’14) received the MSc and PhD degrees in electrical energy systems from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He is currently Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia, and Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include multi-energy systems, grid integration of renewables, energy infrastructure planning under uncertainty, and reliability and resilience assessment of low-carbon networks. Pierluigi is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer.
      Ben Polly is a senior research engineer in the Building Technologies & Science Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Ben’s work is focused on zero energy buildings, neighborhoods, campuses, and districts; urban energy planning, design, and optimization; and grid-interactive efficient buildings. Ben specializes in the development, validation and application of energy analysis approaches.
      Ning Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University. He got his B.Sc. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2007. He got his Ph.D in electrical engineering with Excellent Doctoral Thesis Award and Excellent Graduate Student Award from Tsinghua University in 2012. After he completed two-year research as a post doctor, he started working in Tsinghua University as a Lecturer in 2014. He was a research associate in The University of Manchester from Oct. 2010 to Jul. 2011 and a research assistant in Harvard University from Dec. 2013 to Mar 2014. His research interests include multiple energy system, power system planning and operation with renewable energy (wind power photovoltaic, concentrated solar power). He was awarded The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Young Engineers for UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2018. He serves as the editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (TPWRS). He also serves as the convenor of C1.47 and Member of C6/C1.33 and C6/C2.34. He has published more than 150 papers with over 5000 citations with an H index of 40 on Google Scholar.
  • SS03 | Long Term Energy Scenarios

    SS03 | Long-term Energy Scenarios

    DAY 1 JUN 28 SALA  Picasso | 15:30 - 17:00

    Chair: Pedro Linares IIT, Comillas University, Madrid

    Add to calendar2021-06-28 15:30 2021-06-28 17:00 Europe/Madrid Long-term Energy Scenarios Chair: Pedro Linares IIT, Comillas University, Madrid POWERTECH 2021

    The decarbonization of energy systems that will have to take place in the coming years will have a large influence on power systems. For example, Europe has pledged to attain climate neutrality by 2050, whereas China or Brasil expect to achieve it in 2060. And all these countries count on a larger penetration of electricity as one of the vectors for decarbonization. Renewable energy technologies will provide a larger share of electricity demand, and this low-carbon electricity will increase its role in buildings and transport. However, the extent to which this will happen, and the speed at which it will proceed depends on many factors, and different institutions have differing views on this. This session will present the views and experience of three major institutions, all renowned for their work on future energy scenarios.

    CHAIR Pedro Linares IIT, Comillas University, Madrid
    • Arnaud Rouget, IEA
      Seb Henbest, BNEF
      Jorge Blázquez, BP
    Pedro Linares Professor of Industrial Engineering of the ICAI School of Engineering, Director of the BP Chair on Energy and Sustainability, and co-founder and Director of Economics for Energy. I am also a researcher at the Institute for Technology Research (IIT) and Affiliate Researcher at the MIT CEEPR and EPRG, Cambridge U. His research is focused on the study of the relationship between energy, economics and environment, and specifically sustainable energy policy, energy efficiency, and energy models. He has published about most of these issues in the usual journals relevant in the field, and has also been a consultant for several private and public firms and institutions in Spain, Europe and Latin America
      Arnaud Rouget is an energy expert currently working at the International Energy Agency on Africa and Energy Access, within the World Energy Outlook division. His primarily expertise is in integrated electrification strategies for Africa, with a strong focus on combining on-grid and off-grid solutions that provide reliable and sustainable electricity for all while fostering climate change resilient economic development. Arnaud has 6+ years of experience in the private sector on energy access and African business development. He expanded in Central and Western Africa the operations of d.light, the leading off-grid Solar Home System company, and implemented energy access businesses within the Renewables division of TOTAL. Prior to that, he worked in disaster and crisis contexts, supervising a public health programme in Afghanistan and other humanitarian projects with the Red Cross. Arnaud graduated from ESSEC Business School and Saint-Cyr Military School with Masters of Science in International Relations and in Economics.
    Seb Henbest is Chief Economist at BloombergNEF in London, overseeing the firm's long-term energy modelling, analysis and forecasting. He is lead author of BNEF's flagship publication, the New Energy Outlook. From 2014 to 2019 he was Director of BNEF's Europe, Middle East and Africa division, and before that he led BNEF in Australia, establishing the firm's Sydney offices. Seb writes for BNEF clients on energy economics and has contributed to external publications, such as the London School of Economics Business Review and the Lowy Interpreter among others. He speaks regularly at energy industry conferences and events, is quoted widely in print media, and has appeared as an expert commentator on ABC TV, Sky News, ABC Radio, and Bloomberg TV. In 2012 he gave evidence to House of Representatives Economics Committee in Australia on the pricing dynamics of linking Australia's Carbon Price Mechanism with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. He is a 2015 Rex J Lipman Fellow and has been an advisor to the GCC region Clean Energy Business Council. Seb studied physics at University of Adelaide and Monash University in Australia, before reading international relations at Clare Hall, Cambridge, specialising in emissions trading and environmental markets.
    Jorge Blázquez is the lead economist for power, renewable energy, and carbon markets at BP. He provides economic analysis on these fields with a special focus on the long-term aspects of the energy transition. He is deeply involved in the production of the BP Energy Outlook and Statistical Review of the World Energy. Previously, he worked as research fellow at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2014-2018. The rest of his professional career developed in both, the private and the public sector. In the public sector, he worked as economic advisor at Spanish Prime Minister’s Economic Bureau, at the cabinet of the Minister of Energy, and in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In the private sector, he worked as an economist in the in the bank BBVA and the construction company Sacyr. Currently, he is also a research associate at Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and a director of the British Institute of Energy Economics. Jorge holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
  • SS04 | Stability of power systems with very high penetration of renewable generation

    SS04 | Stability of power systems with very high penetration of renewable generation

    DAY 3 JUN 30 SALA PICASSO | 10:30 - 12:00

    Chair: Luis Rouco IIT, Comillas University, Madrid

    Add to calendar2021-06-30 10:30 2021-06-30 12:00 Europe/Madrid SS04 | Stability of power systems with very high penetration of renewable generation Chair: Luis Rouco IIT, Comillas University, MadridPOWERTECH 2021

    Stability would be severely threaten if the traditional operation of power systems were to be maintained in a scenario of a high penetration of renewable energy sources connected through power electronic converters. Given the current relevance of this topic, this session seeks a comprehensive revision. Analysis and simulation tools, practical experiences, and solutions will be reported.

    CHAIR Luis Rouco IIT, Comillas University, Madrid
    • Voltage Stability Support Offered by Distributed Resources
      Costas Vournas, NTUA
    • Grid-Forming Converter Contro
      Florian Dorfler, ETH
    • Impacts of PE devices on interarea oscillations : example of embedded HVDC links in AC grid and effects of RES
      Gilles Torresan, RTE
    • Black start with wind generation
      Juan Carlos Pérez-Campion, Iberdrola
    • Real-time simulation and HIL testing for validating an innovative under-frequency load shedding approach
      Kati Sidwall (RTDS Technologies Inc., Canada), Urban Rudez and Rajne Ilievska, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
    Luis Rouco is Professor of the School of Engineering of Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain, Prof. Rouco develops his research activities at Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT). His areas of expertise are modelling, simulation, simulation, control and identification of electric power. Prof. Rouco is Senior Member of IEEE and Distinguished Member of Cigré. He is president of the Electric Energy Systems-University Enterprise Training Partnership (EES-UETP), Member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish National Committee of CIGRE, Convener of the Advisory Group A1.5 New Technologies of the Study Committee A1 Rotating Machines of CIGRE, past editor of IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, member of the Technical Program Committee of Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC) and Technical Program Chair of the IEEE PowerTech Madrid 2021. He has been visiting scientist at Ontario Hydro (Toronto, Canada), MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) y ABB Power Systems (Vasteras, Sweden).
    Constantine (Costas) Vournas is Professor Emeritus in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has published close to 200 papers in International Journals and Conferences and has co-authored the book “Voltage Stability of Electric Power Systems”. His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, stability and control and include voltage stability and security analysis, wind generator integration in power systems, novel control applications in the distribution and transmission grid, as well as the effect of deregulation on power system operation and control. He is Fellow of IEEE since 2005, Life Fellow since 2019, member of CIGRE, Editor of Electric Power System Research International Journal. He was the recipient of the IEEE/PES Prabha Kundur Award for 2019. He was Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Tech Steering Committee (2007-2019), Region 8 Representative on the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board (2011-2014), and is the immediate Past Chair of the IEEE/PES Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee. Since 2021 he is Chair of the Energy WG of the IEEE European Public Policy Committee (EPPC).
    Florian Dörfler is an Associate Professor at the Automatic Control Laboratory at ETH Zürich and the Associate Head of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2013, and a Diplom degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart in 2008. From 2013 to 2014 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of California Los Angeles. His primary research interests are centered around control, optimization, and system theory with applications in network systems, in particular electric power grids. He is a recipient of the distinguished young research awards by IFAC (Manfred Thoma Medal 2020) and EUCA (European Control Award 2020). His students were winners or finalists for Best Student Paper awards at the European Control Conference (2013, 2019), the American Control Conference (2016), the Conference on Decision and Control (2020), the PES General Meeting (2020), and the PES PowerTech Conference (2017). He is furthermore a recipient of the 2010 ACC Student Best Paper Award, the 2011 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, the 2012-2014 Automatica Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award, and the 2015 UCSB ME Best PhD award.
    SS04 5 Gilles Torresan received the degree in electrical engineering from Grenoble INP, France. He joined Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), the French Transmission System Operator (TSO), in 2001. He worked in the Operation department for 18 years, mainly involved in power system stability studies. He is currently working for the Research and Development department and his main fields of interest are power system stability, grid code for generators and oscillation monitoring.
    Juan Carlos Pérez-Campión has 22 years’ experience in wind energy. He began his career with Gamesa Eólica in 1999 working in the Engineering Department as head of the Control and Regulation team. In this role, he led the design and implementation of control strategy for wind turbines, regulation strategies for wind farms (Active Power, Reactive Power and Voltage controllers) and he carried out multiple studies to meet the requirements described in grid codes of several countries. In 2006 Juan Carlos joined Iberdrola Renovables as head of Control Systems, Grid Integration and Cybersecurity team. He has been involved in a variety of projects such as new software control validations designs, wind turbine due diligences in onshore and offshore wind farms, wind energy integration, new SCADA design, impact of harmonics and sub-synchronous resonances in wind farms and monitoring projects in wind turbines and solar power plants. He has led projects granted by the European Commission such as Wind on The Grid and Twenties. Currently he is involved in the design of grid forming strategies for wind a solar power plants. These new strategies will provide the capability of islanding and black start.
    Kati Sidwall holds a B.Eng in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering from Carleton University, Canada. She founded the annual Carleton University Green Energy Symposium in 2010. In 2012, she received the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s Emerging Leader Award. She currently serves as a Simulation Specialist at RTDS Technologies Inc.
    Urban Rudež received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2005 and 2011, respectively. After finishing his graduate study he worked with the Korona company in Ljubljana for 2 years as a system engineer in the Department for Power Engineering. In 2007 he joined the Department of Power Systems and Devices at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, where he still works as a researcher and assistant professor. His areas of interest include mainly power-system modelling, power-system dynamic simulations, system integrity protection schemes and wide area measurement, protection and control applications. He is an active member in CIGRE Paris and IEEE.
    Rajne Ilievska received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia in 2017, and in 2019 she received M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is currently a Ph.D. student and a researcher at the Department of Power System and Devices at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. Her main research field is power system stability, including power system modelling, power system dynamic simulations, protection and control of power systems.
  • SS05 | Challenges and solutions for islands with large-scale integration of renewables

    SS05 | Challenges and solutions for islands with large-scale integration of renewables

    DAY 4 JUL 01 SALA GOYA | 10:30 - 12:00

    Chair: Joao Peças Lopes INESC TEC, Porto Porto University (FEUP)

    Add to calendar2021-07-01 13:30 2021-07-01 15:00 Europe/Madrid EP03 | Challenges and solutions for islands with large-scale integration of renewables Chair: Joao Peças Lopes INESC TEC, Porto Porto University (FEUP)POWERTECH 2021

    Several thousand island power system exist worldwide; the number of off-grid systems and of events of resource island systems is increasing. Island power systems face challenges associated with heavy dependence on fossil fuels, high energy costs, limited technical capacity and fragile natural environment. The transition to renewable and sustainable systems is particularly challenging for such systems. This special session will address the challenges and opportunities, and the roles of island in the future. The session will pin point operation and planning issues to accomplish the energy transition, methods and tools needed to cope with, and showcase practical experiences.

    CHAIR Joao Peças Lopes INESC TEC, Porto Porto University (FEUP)
    • Planning and operation of island power systems with 100% of renewable generation. Specific grid codes for safe integration of renewable power sources in islands.
      João A. Peças Lopes, INESC TEC, Porto University (FEUP) - Chairman
    • Robust energy management for island systems with high renewable penetration
      Nikos D. Hatziargyriou, National Technical University of Athens
    • Transforming small island power systems-Case studies
      Gayathri Nair, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
    • Operational experience with energy storage systems in island power system to improve stability of small island power systems
      Alberto Barrado, Endesa
    • System protection in island power systems with high renewable penetration
      Lukas Sigrist, IIT, Comillas University, Madrid
    João A. Peças Lopes is Full Professor at Porto University (FEUP) where he teaches in the graduation and post graduation areas. He is presently Associate Director and Coordinator of the TEC4Energy initiative at INESC TEC, one of the largest R&D interface institutions of the University of Porto. His main domains of research are related with large scale integration of renewable power sources, power system dynamics, microgeneration and microgrids, smartmetering and electric vehicle grid integration. He supervised 30 PhD Thesis. He is author or co-author of more than 400 papers and co-editor and co-author of the book “Electric Vehicle Integration into Modern Power Networks” edited by Springer. He has more than 7.000 citations in Scopus. He is a Fellow from IEEE. He is also member of the Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee of the IEEE PES. He is Editor of the (SEGAN) Sustainable Energy Grids and Networks journal. He is Honorary member of the editorial board of the IET Energy Conversion and Economics. He is Associate editor of the Journal on Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy. He is Associate editor of the China Electrotechnical Society Transactions on Electrical Machines and Systems.
    Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is professor in Power Systems at the National Technical University of Athens. He has over 10 year industrial experience as Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator and as executive Vice-Chair of the Public Power Corporation. He was chair and vice-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP-SNET). He is honorary member of CIGRE and Life Fellow of IEEE, currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Trans on Power Systems. He is the 2017 recipient of the IEEE/PES Prabha S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award. He is author and of more than 250 journal and 500 conference papers and he is included in the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Thomson Reuters lists of top 1% most cited researchers. He is Globe Energy Prize laureate 2020.
    Gayathri Nair works as an Associate Programme Officer for Renewable Energy Grid Integration at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany since 2018. Her major role has been to coordinate grid assessment studies and contributing to technical capacity building programs on grid integration of variable renewable energy sources, for several Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and developing countries hoping to achieve energy transition to renewables. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/Power systems from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India and worked as an academician for several years prior to joining IRENA.
     SS05 5 Alberto Barrado received his MSc from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in 1999. He joined Endesa in 2000. He has held several positions in the engineering division of Endesa: (responsible of power lines, protection, system studies). He is now attached to Technical Support – Electrical department inside the unit of Global Thermal Generation of Enel in charge of global reference in Protection of Electrical Systems. He has been involved in a number of projects on the installation of energy storage systems in the Spanish island systems.
    Lukas Sigrist is a researcher at Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT) of Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, and the secretary of the institute’s council. He has been involved in a large number of research projects related to power-system stability and power-system operation under high penetration of non-synchronous generation particularly in the area of island power systems. His areas of interest are modeling, analysis, simulation, and identification of electric power systems. Lukas is the secretary of the Spanish IEEE PES chapter and associated editor of the IET GTD. He is a member of the CIRED working groud 2018-3 on "Technical requirements for microgrids operating in both islanded and interconnected mode".
  • SS06 | Big Data and Machine Learning for Power Systems

    SS06 | Big Data and Machine Learning for Power Systems

    DAY 4 JUL 01 SALA PICASSO | 10:30 - 12:00

    Chair: Ricardo Bessa INESC TEC, Porto

    Add to calendar2021-07-01 13:30 2021-07-01 15:00 Europe/Madrid SS06 | Big Data and Machine Learning for Power Systems Chair: Ricardo Bessa INESC TEC, PortoPOWERTECH 2021

    The technological revolution in the power system sector is generating large volumes of data with important impact in the business and functional processes of system operators, generation companies, market players and grid users. In this context, the application of machine learning (ML) and other techniques from the artificial intelligence (AI) broader domain can deliver significant improvement of different key performance indicators, like profit maximization in electricity markets (e.g., participating in continuous intraday markets) or improvement of quality of supply in electrical grids (e.g., avoid cascading events and blackouts). This Special Session will address important challenges and needs, such as: a) data privacy and monetization with collaborative analytics; b) increase the trust of human operators and traders in automated AI through explainability and human-in-the-loop approaches; c) use new data sources, like earth-observation, for monitoring the electrical grid.

    CHAIR Ricardo Bessa INESC TEC, Porto
    • Collaborative and market-based analytics within power and energy systems
      Pierre Pinson, Technical University of Denmark, DTU (Dept. of Technology, Management and Economics)
    • Reinforcement learning for interacting with energy markets
      Damien Ernst, University of Liège, Belgium,
    • Towards an AI assistant for the human grid operator
      Antoine Marot, RTE, France
    • Interpretability and verification of neural networks: Removing barriers for power system applications
      Spyros Chatzivasileiadis, Technical University of Denmark, DTU (Center for Electric Power and Energy)
    • Monitoring electric grids from space using AI
      Reza Arghandeh, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Dept. of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)
     Pierre Pinson Pierre Pinson is a Professor of Operations Research at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU, Dept. of Technology, Management and Economics). He is an IEEE Fellow and an ISI/Clarivate highly-cited researcher (2019 & 2020). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Forecasting. His main focus areas cover forecasting, optimization and game theory, with power and energy systems being a relevant application area. He has published extensively in some of the leading journals in Meteorology, Power Systems Engineering, Statistics and Operations Research. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford (Mathematical Institute), the University of Washington in Seattle (Dpt. of Statistics), the European Center for Medium-
    range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF, UK), a visiting professor at Ecole Normale Superieure (Rennes, France) and a Simons fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge, UK).
     Damien Ernst Damien Ernst received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Liège, Belgium, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. He is currently Full Professor at the University of Liège, where he is affiliated with the Montefiore Research Unit. His research interests include electrical energy systems and reinforcement learning, a subfield of artificial intelligence. He is also the cofounder of Blacklight Analytics, a company developing intelligent software solutions for the energy sector. He has co-authored more than 300 research papers and two books. He has also won numerous awards for his research and, among which, the prestigious 2018 Blondel Medal. He is also regularly consulted by industries, governments, international agencies and the media for its deep understanding of the energy transition.
     Antoine Marot Antoine Marot is the lead AI scientist at RTE. He owns a double master degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris and Stanford University. After interning at Tesla Motors, he joined RTE R&D on the Apogee project 7 years ago with the long term goal to develop a personal assistant for control room operators with AI. Through collaboration with INRIA (the French AI research lab), he supervised several PHD students on augmented power system simulators with AI and on Human-Intelligent Machine interactions with a strong focus on interpretability. He recently co-authored several papers using AI for power systems and gave different talks on the topic such as IJCNN AI conference keynote. He advocates for a new "AI for power system community" bringing together researchers from both fields to accelerate the application of AI. The «Learning to Run a Power Network« challenge which run along NeurIPS 2020, the largest AI conference, was a strong step forward towards it.
     SS06 4 Reza Arghandeh is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, in Bergen, Norway. He is the director of the Collaborative Intelligent Infrastructure Lab (CI2Lab). He is also a lead data scientist in StormGeo company. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept, and the Center for Advanced Power Systems at Florida State University, USA, 2015-2018. He completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech (2013) and spent two years as a post-doctorate fellow at the University of California-Berkeley. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech (2013) and the other in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester (2008). He has been a power system software designer at Electrical Distribution Design Inc. in Virginia, USA, 2011-2013. Dr. Arghandeh is the recipient of the IBM Faculty Award in 2018. He is a senior member of IEEE. His research interests include data analysis and decision support for smart grids and smart cities.
     SS06 5 Spyros Chatzivasileiadis is an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Acting Group Leader of the Energy Analytics and Markets Group at the Center for Electric Power and Energy at DTU. Before that he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. Spyros holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2013) and a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece (2007). He is currently working on machine learning applications for power systems, and on power system optimization, dynamics, and control of AC and HVDC grids. Spyros is a recipient of the ERC Starting Grant in 2020, the Best Student Paper Award at SmartgridComm 2020, and the Best Teacher of the Semester Award at DTU Electrical Engineering.
  • SS07 | Digitalization Technologies

    SS07 | Digitalization Technologies

    DAY 3 JUN 30 SALA PICASSO | 10:00 - 10:30

    Chair: Miguel Ángel Sánchez Fornié IIT, Comillas University, Madrid

    Add to calendar2021-06-30 10:00 2021-06-30 10:30 Europe/Madrid SS07 | Digitalization Technologies Chair: Miguel Ángel Sánchez Fornié IIT, Comillas University, MadridPOWERTECH 2021

    Digitalization of power networks is a must. Energy transition is requesting an unprecedent active role to the power networks, specially distribution networks to integrate DERs, and without full observability, data processing and automated operation, the efficient transformation will not happen. This session will be dedicated to share, including research, innovation, deployment and operation of technologies used to digitalize power networks. The following main areas will be covered.
    Data, sensoring and conditioning; Connectivity, telecommunications; Information Processing (Big data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Digital twinning) and Cybersescurity.

    CHAIR Miguel Ángel Sánchez Fornié IIT, Comillas University, Madrid
    • Analytics for Supporting High Resolution Distribution Network Observability.
      Bruce Stephen, University of Strathclyde, UK
    • Broad band Power line Communications in the Smart Grids deployments.
      Markus Hofssaess, EoN, Germany
    • Digitalising distribution grids: Smart meter data analytics.
      Mónica Aragüés, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain
    • Edge computing use as a way to distribute processing and telecommunications requirements for digitalizing power networks.
      Iker Urrutia IBERDROLA, Spain
    • Cybersecuring legacy power control systems.
      Marteen Hoove, ENCS, The Netherlands
    • 5G for energy grids: more than just fast connection
      Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen, Germany
      Dr. Mònica Aragüés Peñalba Lecturer of the Electrical Engineering Department of the UPC (Serra Hunter Fellow). She has participated in industrial and research projects related to the grid integration of renewables (offshore wind and photovoltaics) at transmission and distribution level. She is currently the project coordinator of BD4OPEM H2020. Her research interests include renewable integration in power systems, transmission and distribution power systems, wind and solar power plants operation and control, microgrids operation and control, optimization and data science applications to power systems.
      Iker Urrutia received an M.S. in telecommunications engineering from University of Deusto, Bilbao, in 2002. He started his career as a consultant in Accenture and he joined the Iberdrola group in 2006, where he has performed several roles in the telecommunications department and, more recently, in the metering area within smart grids, including a two year international assignment as project manager of a smart metering project in NY state. He is currently head of the global smart metering practice in Iberdrola Networks, being responsible of the technology definition and project implementations within the companies. He is active since more than 10 years ago in standardization bodies and several industry associations, being the current Spanish representative of CIGRÉ Committee C6.
  • SS08 | Educating Future Power Engineerss

    SS08 | Educating Future Power Engineers

    DAY 2 JUN 29 SALA PICASSO | 15.30 - 17:00

    Chair: Carlo Alberto Nucci University of Bologna

    Add to calendar2021-06-29 15.30 2021-06-29 17:00 Europe/Madrid SS08 | Educating Future Power Engineers Carlo Alberto Nucci University of BolognaPOWERTECH 2021

    The future of engineering is intrinsically linked to the future of our society and our planet. Global access to energy, environmental care and sustainability, digital transformation of industry and global mobility are major challenges that require the same command of technical knowledge as ever, but demand greater flexibility and versatility than ever before. The training of future power engineers has to adapt in an agile way to the dizzying pace of technological changes, using these changes as leverage for their own teaching methodology through the digitalization of personalized learning, virtual and augmented reality, cooperative and hands-on learning, etc. In parallel, now more than ever, engineering schools must offer an increasingly holistic education, fostering transversal communication skills, international mobility and internships, teamwork, leadership and, above all, maintaining firm their spirit of service to society, and the commitment to fair progress and respect for human beings.

    Carlo Alberto Nucci University of Bologna
    • Babak Enayati, PhD, PE, IEEE PES VP of Education
    • Deputy Dean Professor Guiping
    • Miguel Ángel Sánchez Fornié, Research Affiliate (Comillas Pontifical University)
    • Panos Kotsampopoulos, Senior Researcher at Smart RUE (National Technical University of Athens)
    Carlo Alberto Nucci
    • Chair of the Region 8 Scholarship Plus Committee (University of Bologna)
    • Carlo Alberto Nucci is full professor of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Bologna and the Editor in Chief of the Electric Power System Research Journal. He authored or co-authored over 200 science papers in the field of power electrical engineering.[1][2] Fellow of IEEE and IET. He has also been Chair of the IEEE PowerTech Permanent Steering Committee. Nucci is head of the Power Systems Laboratory at the University of Bologna. Together with prof. F. Rachidi of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, he has developed a computer code for the appraisal of lightning-induced voltages in electrical network, called LIOV,[6] which is quoted in IEEE standards. Prof. Nucci is also member of the Bologna Science Academy.
    Babak Enayati
    • IEEE Power and Energy Society VP on Education (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
    • Power System Education under COVID crisis
    • Babak Enayati received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY in 2009. He is currently a Lead Research Development and Demonstration Engineer at National Grid, Waltham, MA. During the past ten years, Babak has worked on Distributed Energy Resources interconnections, power system protection, control of microgrids, and Smart Grid. He joined Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2006 and currently is a Senior IEEE Member. Babak currently serves as the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Governing Board Member-at-Large. Babak is also the Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 21 (SCC21) and IEEE 1547, Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Energy Resources with Electric Power Systems. Babak is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Massachusetts.
    Guiping Zhu
    • Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Department (Tsinghua U.)
    • Title?
    • She received the Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University degree in 1995, Master in 1998 and PhD in 2006 respectively. Her research interest include energy storage, interactions between electric vehicle and power grid, active distribution network and power quality control. She has been the PI of more than 20 academic and industrial projects. She is the author or co-author of 4 books on the course of principles of electric circuits. She is Member of IEEE since 2005.
    Panos Kotsampopoulos
    • Senior Researcher at Smart RUE (National Technical University of Athens)
    • Panos Kotsampopoulos received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece in 2010 and the PhD degree on distributed energy resources in 2017 from the same school. Since 2010 he is working on research projects at the Smart RUE research group of NTUA and serves as a tutor in Power System Analysis courses. He was a guest researcher at the Austrian Institute of Technology AIT (Vienna) in 2012 and 2013 for 5 months. He has participated in several European projects (e.g. ERIGrid, DERri, NobelGrid, Sustainable) and national projects with PPC/HEDNO. He is an active member of the IEEE PES Task Force on Real-Time Simulation of Power and Energy Systems.
    Miguel Ángel Sánchez Fornié
    • Research Affiliate (Comillas U.):
    • EDucation for DIgitalisation of Energy
    • Miguel A. Sanchez Fornié graduated in 1974 from the ETSI (ICAI) as Electromechanical Engineer, he also obtained a Nuclear Security Diploma from the MIT (Boston, 1977), and took a doctorate course in "Advanced Subjects of Regulation in the Electrical Sector" (2008). He joined Hidroeléctrica Española in 1974, where he was assigned to work on the Cofrentes nuclear power plant project in the first stage of his career, when he had the opportunity to work for General Electric in San José (California). Subsequently, he participated in the operation of Hidrola's electrical system, where he was responsible for its new control system. In 1991, as a result of the merger with Iberduero, he took responsibility for telecommunications, becoming involved in all its business aspects. Since 2003, he was also responsible for distribution control systems. In 2016 he took charge of the Global Management of Smart Grids of the Iberdrola group. Since 1980 he has been collaborating with the IIT in various research projects related to the Electricity Sector, participating in several projects under the financing of FP7 and H2020 programs of the European Commission. Since 2002 he has been teaching Intelligent Networks in different Master courses at Comillas University.
  • SS09 | Storage for Power Systems

    SS09 | Storage for Power Systems

    DAY 4 JUL 01 SALA GOYA | 15:30 - 17:00

    Chair: Raúl Rodríguez TECNALIA

    Add to calendar2021-07-01 15:30 2021-07-01 17:00 Europe/Madrid SS07 | Storage for Power Systems Chair: Raúl Rodríguez TECNALIAPOWERTECH 2021

    To achieve the decarbonization of the energy sector in the medium-long term (2050), an increase of electricity production from variable wind and solar energy is planned for the power system. This variability needs to be balanced out by flexibility from other resources, such as storage. Several storage technologies are, and will be, available, with different characteristics. Even if there is no storage technology suitable for every application, a best suited technology exists for a specific requested performance, either at generation, transmission, distribution or demand side. The EU long-term vision expects a significative growth of storage, especially, of batteries in the power system. In this context, we will have a look at the opportunities and barriers for storage in the EU in the next years. Storage will have to compete in electricity markets with generation and demand. Therefore, the feasibility of the projects will depend on the services it can provide, on the value of these services and on the cost of the technology. In addition, the demand profile modification caused by a massive penetration of storage will have an impact on electricity markets. In this session, we will discuss about all these issues with four experts on the field of storage in Europe.

    CHAIR Raúl Rodríguez TECNALIA
    • Main applications of storage in future networks
      Bo Normark – Industrial strategy EIT Innoenergy
    • Opportunities and barriers for storage in EU in the next years
      Jacopo Tosoni – Policy officer EASE (European Association for the Storage of Energy)
    • impact of energy storage on electricity markets
      Ricardo Pastor – Energy Storage and markets researchers, R&D Nester (Portugal) -
    • Storage as a key enabler for fully decarbonized systems
      Elena Agudo - Repsol
    Bo Normark has an experience of 38 years in the energy industry, where he has developed several tasks, such as the analysis of energy systems, the finding of efficient solutions and the management of large and complex international operations. In the innovation field, he has experience from developing and introducing to the market new products and systems for the energy sector. He has evaluated innovation ideas in the private industry at ABB, in the public domain at the Swedish Energy Agency and in the Public/Private domain at InnoEnergy. He has extensive experience in leading battery related strategy work at EU level, where he has developed roadmaps, but also set up and developed an industrial network of over 250 stakeholders in the battery field across Europe in the frame of the European Battery Alliance (EBA). Currently, he is responsible for the InnoEnergy activities in the EU Battery Alliance Program.
    Jacopo Tosoni joined EASE policy team in 2019. He is currently supporting the EASE advocacy efforts in the energy storage field, looking in particular at energy storage technologies and applications. He is looking into, among others, battery and Power-to-Gas solutions. He also worked on EU funded projects, such as TSO 2020 and Battery 2030+.
    Ricardo Pastor is a Project Researcher of R&D Nester since April 2014. Ricardo holds a Degree and MSc. in Electrical Engineering with Major in Energy from Lisbon Polytechnic Institute (Lisbon Institute of Engineering - ISEL) with a dissertation in the field of network planning and renewables operation. Ricardo’s main areas of research include the planning of energy storage at transmission level, combination of energy storage with renewable sources and electricity market participation of hybrid solutions. Among his areas of interest, it includes the simulation and analysis of power systems and the development and application of optimisation methods.
  • SS10 | Sector coupling

    SS10 | Sector coupling 

    DAY 2 JUN 29 SALA PICASSO | 10.30 - 12.00

    Chair: María Sicilia Chief Strategy Officer at ENAGÁS

    Add to calendar2021-06-29 15.30 2021-06-29 17:00 Europe/Madrid SS10 | Sector coupling  Chair: María Sicilia Chief Strategy Officer at ENAGÁSPOWERTECH 2021

    The decarbonization of the energy system will require the deployment of large amounts of variable, renewable electricity generation, which may not be available when consumers demand it. It is therefore important to understand the correlation between generation and demand, the need for storage, and the role that renewable gases may play in providing storage but also final energy to consumers.

    CHAIR María Sicilia Chief Strategy Officer at ENAGÁS
    • Julián Barquín, Endesa
    • Paul Nillesen, Strategy&PWC
    • Estimating storage needs in Europe for sector coupling based on the correlation between renewable energy sources and heating and cooling demand
      Jasmine Ramsebner, TU Wien.
    • Christopher Jones, FSR
    Dr. Julian Barquin works at the Regulatory Affairs Department of Endesa. He specializes in wholesale market regulation, network and operation codes, as well as techno-economical analysis and simulation. Previously he was a Professor at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain. He has been Visiting Scientist at MIT and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He is author or co-author of several books and more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and a frequent speaker at conferences. He holds a PhD and Power Engineering degrees from Comillas Pontifical University and a Physics degree from UNED.
    Jasmine Ramsebner has been a research associate at the EEG since October 2018. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Business and Economics in 2013 and her Master's degree in Supply Chain Management at the Vienna University of Economics in 2015. From 2016-2018 she worked in an international consulting firm. Her main area of research at the TU Wien focuses on sustainable, integrated energy systems, the sector coupling concept, energy models and handling variable renewable energy sources. Within these topics, she finds herself confronted with many challenges similar to her former focus. Variability in volumes and timing caused similar issues as within a renewable energy system. However, her current research implies a link to environmental aspects that specifically motivate her in her activities.
    Jean-Michel Glachant is the Director of the Florence School of Regulation and the Holder of the Loyola de Palacio Chair. Glachant took his Ph.D. in economics at La Sorbonne in France. He worked in the industry and private sector before becoming professor at La Sorbonne. He has been advisor of DG TREN, DG COMP and DG RESEARCH at the European Commission and of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). He has been coordinator and scientific advisor of several European research projects. Jean-Michel Glachant has been editor-in-chief of EEEP: “Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy” (an IAEE journal) and he is vice-president of the International Association for Energy Economics.