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Role and Use Cases of Real Time Simulators (RTS) Towards Advancing and Deploying Synchrophasor Based Wide Area Monitoring Protection and Control (WAMPAC) Systems

Date: Tuesday, May 25                              Time:

Name of the organizer: Evangelos Farantatos 


Organisation: EPRI – SR. Project Manager, USA

Short biography of the chair: Evangelos Farantatos received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2006 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. He is a Senior Project Manager with the Grid Operations and Planning R&D Group at EPRI, Palo Alto, CA. He is managing and leading the technical work of various R&D projects related to synchrophasor technology, power systems monitoring and control, power systems stability and dynamics, renewable energy resources modeling, grid operation and protection with high levels of inverter-based resources. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. In summer 2009, he was an intern at MISO.

Abstract: Phasor Measurement Units providing synchrophasor measurements as well as Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control (WAMPAC) systems are being widely deployed in power systems worldwide, and have proven to be a very valuable resource to observe the power system dynamics in the control room and provide advanced situational awareness and dynamic security assessment. Meanwhile, many utilities and research organizations are establishing advanced laboratory facilities to create, model and test new technologies for power systems including WAMPAC systems. Real time simulators are a critical component of these facilities and are expected to benefit and accelerate the advancement and deployment of WAMPAC systems. This panel will discuss the role of RTS in advancing and deployment of WAMPAC systems, and will provide example use cases from representative international lab facilities.

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Panelist 1:

Name and title: Georgios Stefopoulos, Director

Organisation: New York Power Authority, USA

Short biography: George Stefopoulos is the Director of the Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe) at the New York Power Authority (NYPA). He has been with NYPA since 2009 initially as a Research and Technology Development Engineer and then as NYPA’s Smart Grid Solutions Architect. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and an associate member of Institute of Engineering Technology (IET). George received his Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2001 and he also holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2002 and 2009 respectively) as well as a MBA degree from Pace University of New York (2015).

Title of presentation: Real-time modeling and simulation of synchrophasor systems at the New York Power Authority: Use cases and applications

Abstract: Wide-area monitoring and closed-loop control systems are a key operational component of the integrated T&D grid of the future. However, although research in these areas has been ongoing for many years and a lot of innovative schemes have been proposed, in practice the industry is significantly lagging with respect to the current the state-of-the-art. This talk will describe some of the current efforts and future plans at the New York Power Authority that explore the use of realistic real-time simulation environments to extensively demonstrate and test such ideas as well as other synchrophasor applications in an attempt to contribute towards bridging this gap between research and field applications.

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Panelist 2:

Name and title: Ian Cowan – Lead Simulation Engineer

Organisation: The National HVDC Centre, UK

Short biography: Ian L. Cowan has long had an interest in Transmission systems and is excited to be at the forefront of HVDC, one of the latest developments in that field. As the Lead Simulation Engineer, Ian not only undertakes simulation studies, but also coordinates the activities of the Simulation team at the Centre. He is an experienced electrical engineer who has worked at the HVDC Centre from its opening in 2017, he brings technical consultancy experience combined with strong management skills to his role as Lead Simulation Engineer at the Centre. He has an MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (with a focus on power systems) from the University of Strathclyde. He originally joined the National HVDC Centre as a Simulation Engineer from Mott MacDonald where he worked in the Power Systems Analysis team carrying out a variety of offline simulations on multiple platforms. Since joining the HVDC Centre he has led the delivery of the following key projects: ‘[HVDC] Protection Systems Demonstration (WP9)’ as work package leader within the PROMOTioN project; Caithness-Moray Project Support; and Eastern Link Project Support.

Title of presentation: Study of WAMPAC to De-Risk HVDC Integration


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Panelist 3:

Name and title: Hjörtur Jóhannsson – Senior Scientific Consultant

Organisation: Denmark Technical University, Denmark

Short biography: Dr. Hjörtur Jóhannsson received the M.Sc. and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark (DTU), in 2007 and 2011 respectively. From 2011 to 2014 he was an Assistant Professor at the Center of Electric Power and Energy (CEE) at DTU. From 2014 he has been serving as a Senior Scientific Consultant at CEE, with the main responsibility of leading large research projects, supervising PhD students and teaching graduate students about power system stability and control. Dr. Jóhannsson’s professional interests are within research and development of methods that enable power system stability and security assessment in real-time and of methods for automatically determining control actions that regain system security when an insecure operation has been detected. This includes a work on theoretical derivation of power system stability limits and development of effective algorithms for wide-area assessment and control of power systems. Special focus is on the development of methods that can cope with assessment of systems where a high share of the power production is based on fluctuating renewable energy sources.

Title of presentation: Use of RTDS in R&D of Wide-Area Early-Warning and Early-Prevention Systems

Abstract: This talk will provide an overview of the activities carried out at the Technical University of Denmark that aim towards development of methods for real-time stability monitoring and control, and how the method development process is advanced further by deployment of RTDS for validation of concepts in laboratory environment.

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