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Panel: Translating Power Systems Research into Practice

Friday, 3 July 2020
18:45 - 20:15

Chair: Keith Bell, Daniel Molzahn

Translating Power Systems Research into Practice ("From the lab into the field")

Panelists: Tom Overbye (Texas A&M University), Andreas Ulbig (Adaptricity), Britta Buchholz (ABB), Susana de Graaff (TenneT)

The aim of the session is to share experiences of trying to take research work on software or methods for power system analysis or market facilitation into 'real world' use.

Our intentions in the session are to
a) encourage PhD students, researchers, and academics to think how their work might progress to practical applications;
b) help both industry people and university people move towards best practice in collaborations;
c) share learning from experiences in commercialising ideas.

We are very pleased to have a number of different perspectives on the panel:
1. An experienced academic who has successfully taken something ‘out of the lab and into the field’,
2. A younger academic who is active in a fairly recent commercial start-up,
3. A TSO person who is interested in innovations coming out of universities and has collaborated with them,
4. A person from a large vendor who is interested in innovations coming out of universities.

Each panelist will make an opening five-minute statement. We will then open up for discussion for the remainder of the hour-and-a-half session.

Biographies:

Dr. Thomas J. Overbye is professor and holder of the Erle Nye ‘59 Chair for Engineering Excellence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Prior to joining TAMU in 2017 he was a Fox Family Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before starting his academic career he was employed with Madison Gas and Electric Company. He is the original developer of PowerWorld Simulator, a co-founder of PowerWorld Corporation, and an author of a widely used Power System Analysis and Design book. He was also the recipient of the Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, a University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, the IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Andreas Ulbig is a co-founder and COO of ETH spin-off Adaptricity. He is also the vice president of the Swiss Energy Foundation. He received his M.Sc. from Supélec, Paris in 2006 and his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart in 2007. Previous work positions include the R&D department of RTE, the French transmission grid operator, and the International Energy Agency (IEA). During his PhD at the Power Systems Lab of ETH Zurich, he was an academic visitor at Caltech, the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Britta Buchholz is Vice President Active Distribution Grids in ABB Power Grids Global Market Innovation. Prior to this, she had several global managing roles in business development, product management and line management in the area of integrating renewable energy into power systems. From 2001 to 2011 she held various positions as manager of R&D projects and head of the grid planning department at the regional energy supplier MVV Energie Group in Mannheim, Germany. She holds a Doctor´s degree in Electrical Engineering with focus on renewable energy from Kassel University, Germany, and a Master in Industrial Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. She has gained broad international working experience. In CIGRE, she is member of the CIGRE Technical Council-World Bank Working Group “AFRICA”. Further, she leads the working group “Hybrid systems for off grid power supply”. She chaired the global study committee C6 “Distribution systems and dispersed generation” from 2014-2016 and was member of the Technical Council. Further, she was convener of the working group on “Asset Management for Distribution Networks with High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources”. From 2007 to 2013, she lectured at Federal Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

Dr. Susana Almeida de Graaff received her Licenciatura (5 years degree), M.Sc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Porto University, Portugal, respectively in 2000, 2006 and 2010. Her PhD work "Portuguese Transmission Grid Incidents - Risk Assessment” was approved with distinction. In 2005, she was awarded with REN prize for her M.Sc. thesis in electrical power systems. She was with REN, the Portuguese TSO, since the beginning of 2001, with System Operations in the development of activities such as network security analysis, online risk assessment and disturbance/blackout analysis. Since November 2010, she is with TenneT TSO B.V. in the Netherlands, in International Development within System Operations, focusing in innovation, research and development, cooperation and coordination among TSOs, developing methodologies for capacity calculation, network security on a European level, including R&D projects. In 2018, she received the Hidde Nijland Prize in the Netherlands, in recognition for contributions to the development of the electrical power system. Since the 1st of July 2020, she is the head of the System Operations Development department at TenneT. Dr. Susana Almeida de Graaff is the chair of CIGRE Study Committee C2 on System Operations and Control since August 2016, and contributing actively to CIGRE SC C2 activities since 2006, as working group member, special reporter and national member. In 2013, she was awarded with CIGRE Technical Committee Award.

 

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