Half Day Tutorial

Electricity is fundamental to the world civilization, it conveys both energy and information, it delivers energy to the user with no emission at the point of use, and it provides an increasing array of innovative products and services. On the other hand, electric power system by all measures is a very complex “machine”, which consists of various large sources of power generations, vast transmission networks and local distribution systems. Among the attributes to this complexity are inadequate power flow control, inadequate reactive power management, power angle and voltage instabilities, in adequate planners/operators training, inefficient use of collected data, etc. It is, therefore, imperative to constantly look at the development of new “smart” technologies to be implemented on the grid for improving grid performance in providing reliable and quality of power delivery. Complex infrastructure of the transmission grid requires innovative and smart solutions. Under the “Smart Grid” umbrella, there will be a number of evolving developments.
The following are a number of key characteristics of which might qualify a transmission grid to be “smart”:

  •  Self-healing, grid which rapidly detect, analyze, and restore following incidents.
  •  Empowers and incorporates consumer equipment and behavior in grid design and operation
  •  Tolerant of attack, grid which mitigate and resilient to physical and cyber attack.
  •  Provides power quality needed by the “digital society”, i.e., grid which provide power quality consistent with consumers and industry needs.
  •  Accommodates wide variety of supply and demand, grid which accommodate variety of resources (including demand response, combined heat and power, wind, photovoltaic and end-use efficiency.
  •  Fully enabling and is supported by competitive markets.

The tutorial will present transmission technology options accommodating smart transmission requirements and needs.

Abdel-Aty Edris, Senior Director and Executive Advisor with Quanta Technology in Oakland, California, USA, IEEE Fellow

Dr. Edris is respected worldwide as a Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) technology expert. He is also widely known for his expertise in reactive power compensation, high voltage DC transmission, dynamic thermal circuit rating (DTCR) technology, and power electronics. He is well versed in project management, having managed the design, development and installation of the world’s first FACTS Controllers in the US. Dr. Edris holds numerous patents in the US and Sweden. Dr. Edris has authored, coauthored over 100 IEEE and CIGRE technical papers, primarily in the areas of FACTS technology, Power System Dynamics, Dynamic Thermal Ratings, Subsynchronous Resonance, Reactive Power Compensation, Voltage and power stability, and High Voltage DC Transmission.
Dr. Edris received numerous honors and awards, including the IEEE 2008 Outstanding Engineer, the IEEE 2006 FACTS Award, and EPRI Excellence Awards.