Plenary Session (25 and 26 October)

Overview Programme 

Date Time Name of speaker Topic
25 October 09.00am Professor Deepakraj Divan,
Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA
Autonomous Grid Edge Control – An Enabler for the Future Grid
  09.30am Mr Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan
Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India
Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India
  09.55am Mr Bernard Blez
Director, ENGIE Lab CRIGEN (Center for Research and Innovation on Gas and New Energies, Paris)
Microgrids in Southeast Asia, stakes and solutions within ENGIE
  10.20am Mr Paul Gardner
Global Storage Segment Leader
DNV GL – Energy
 DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook 2017: impacts of rapid electrification and high renewables growth in Asia
  10.45am Coffee & Tea Break  
       
26 October 09.00am Professor Kaushik Rajashekara
Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston, USA,
IEEE Fellow and Member, IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
Flying Cars – Requirements and Propulsion Strategies
  09.30am Dr Jay Giri
Former Director, Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives,  GE Grid Software Solutions
Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, USA
IEEE  Fellow, and Member,  IEEE Power & Energy Society
Evolution of EMS Control Centers – PMU Synchrophasor Solutions
  10.00am Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj
Professor of Sustainable Energy, Head, Energy and Climate Change Division, Southampton University, UK
Sustainable Energy across Scales
  10.25am Mr William Gaillard
Sales Director, South Asia,
Siemens Gamesa
Wind Turbine technology trends and its impact on Cost of Energy
  10.50am Coffee & Tea Break


Abstract and Biography of Plenary Speakers 

Plenary Session: 25 October 2017
Professor Deepakraj Divan
Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. 
Topic: Autonomous Grid Edge Control – An Enabler for the Future Grid
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Abstract: Coming soon

Biography: Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids, and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures.Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates.Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineers, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$150m in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Mr Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan
Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India

Topic: Integration of Renewable Energy in India
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Abstract:  In India, ‘Electricity’ is in concurrent list in the constitution of India and both Central and State Governments can formulate laws on electricity based on their jurisdiction.  If we look back, the structure of Electricity Market was largely under control of the Government having the utilities vertically integrated.  In 1991, generation sector was opened-up for private sector participation.  Subsequently based on the experiences and the realities facing the sector, a holistic reform was conceived through the Electricity Act, 2003.

The Electricity Act, 2003 facilitated unbundling of the sector and provided the Regulators with substantial role to facilitate growth of the sector.  Through the Electricity Act, 2003, the law makers of the country provided a long term futuristic vision for development of the sector.

Since promulgation of EA 2003, substantial progress has been made; generation capacity has now touched the mark of 330 GW from 105 GW in 2002.  Renewable energy generation has also witnessed significant growth, with the present capacity of 58.3 GW from an insignificant capacity of less than 5 GW in 2002-03.  Still, India has a huge untapped renewable energy potential.  The Government has initiated the Renewable Energy programme by setting its targets of adding 175 GW RE capacity by 2022.  The target of renewable energy capacity includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro power.  Out of the 100 GW of Solar target, 40 GW are aimed to achieve through Solar Roof-Top segment.

In order to facilitate holistic growth of RE sources in India, the Government and Regulators have initiated several policy and regulatory interventions.  While the fiscal subsidies and incentives provided by the Government of India gave the initial push, the ‘feed-in-tariff’ specified by the Regulators from time to time gave the much desired tariff support.  Additional thrust was provided through the framework of ‘Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation’, which acted as an important policy / regulatory intervention for creating demand for renewable power purchase.   Further to address the issue of mismatch between availability of RE sources and the requirement of the obligated entities to meet their RPO, “Renewable Energy Certificate” mechanism evolved by CERC.

In India, the solar and wind sources which together constitute in excess of 78% of total RE portfolio are majorly concentrated in western and southern parts of India.  But, owing to the nature of consumer demand profile in these states and the other techno-commercial reasons, these RE-rich states are unable to absorb the entire RE generation, necessitating sale of RE to other states.  However, as these resources are intermittent in nature, they pose technological challenges.  In this context, the Government as well as the Regulators have initiated multiple policy and regulatory interventions, to facilitate effective integration of RE sources into the grid.

While taking into consideration the aspects of uncertainty and variability of RE, a framework for ‘Forecasting and Scheduling Mechanism for Wind and Solar technologies’ has been brought out.  This framework requires forecasting by the system operator as well as wind/solar generator with the objective to primarily minimize deviations from schedule.  Through a regulatory intervention, additional legroom through relaxation in deviation limits has been provided.  Further to provide flexibility to respond to the needs of variation in demand and RE generation, the technical minimum in case of thermal generating units has been reduced to 55% with corresponding compensation mechanism for deterioration of heat rate, aux energy consumption and oil support etc.

In order to maintain the required instantaneous and continuous balance between aggregate generation and load, the Central Commission in India has also identified the need for creation of secondary and tertiary reserves and has operationalized ancillary services.  Regulators have also extended the market session thereby enabling the power exchanges to carry out round the clock intraday / contingency market operation for same day as well as next day delivery of Power.  These measures have played a key role in ensuring safe, secure and reliable operation of the grid.

These frameworks and measures towards grid integration, formulated by CERC are applicable to inter-State transactions.  However, for smooth system operation and seamless RE integration it is equally important that matching frameworks exist at the State level as well.  States are being guided to put in place the necessary metering and IT infrastructure for proper energy accounting under on “Scheduling, Accounting, Metering and Settlement of Transactions in Electricity” (SAMAST) framework.  Through the Forum of Regulators (a statutory body consisting of Chairpersons of State Commissions and headed by Chairperson of Central Commission), the State Commissions are being facilitated to roll-out frameworks for ‘Forecasting & Scheduling of RE Sources’, ‘Deviation Settlement Mechanism’, ‘Ancillary Services’ etc. for implementation at State level.

The Regulators as well as policy makers are closely watching the dynamics of RE segment and making efforts to ensure its seamless integration with timely policy and regulatory interventions.

Biography:  A career civil servant with over 37 years of experience, both at the national and state level, Shri Gireesh B Pradhan was born in Mumbai on 20th December, 1952. Shri Pradhan joined the Ministry of Power, as Joint Secretary, in November, 2003 where he was handling diverse subjects including Planning, Coordination, Energy Efficiency, Transmission and OM. Shri Pradhan was promoted as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 1st February, 2011 and took over charge of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in October 2011.Shri Pradhan retired from Government service at the end of 2012. He was appointed Chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in 2013 and he continues in this assignment.

Mr Bernard Blez
Director, ENGIE Lab CRIGEN (Center for Research and Innovation on Gas and New Energies, Paris)

Topic: Microgrids in Southeast Asia, stakes and solutions within ENGIE
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Abstract: Coming soon

Biography: Bernard BLEZ is director of ENGIE Lab CRIGEN (Center for Research and Innovation on Gas and New Energies, Paris), the largest ENGIE corporate R&D center, and is the coordinator of International ENGIE Labs worldwide. He is supervising a large panel of R&D programs on energy and environmental issues : energy efficiency in buildings, city of tomorrow, renewable energies, smart energy grids, sustainable mobility, high energy efficiency industrial processes… He has 30 years of experience in energy companies, both in Research and Innovation domains and in Marketing & Sales domains. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Superieure d’Electricite (Paris).

Mr Paul Gardner
Global Storage Segment Leader
DNV GL – Energy

Topic: DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook 2017: impacts of rapid electrification and high renewables growth in Asia
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Abstract: DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook was published in September 2017, and is the first DNV GL study to show global energy demand peaking well before 2050. The study also forecast rapid and widespread electrification across the world, rapid growth of electric vehicles, and very high fractions of the variable renewables solar and wind. This presentation will provide more detailed insights for in Asia, and will discuss the very significant implications for electricity system operators, energy regulators, electricity suppliers and governments.

Biography: Paul Gardner trained as an electrical engineer and has worked in renewables since 1984. He led the electrical engineering group at Garrad Hassan, the world’s largest independent technical advisor for renewables, now part of DNV GL. His experience included wind turbine electrical systems, network connections, and grid integration issues. Subsequently he joined the Strategy and Policy Studies Group at DNV GL, providing strategic and market advice to government bodies, NGOs, established companies in the renewables industries, and new entrants. He is now global Segment Leader for Energy Storage, responsible for co-ordinating DNV GL’s activities in Energy Storage, including integration of renewable energies, electricity grid applications, distributed and isolated energy supply, heat, electric vehicles, and electric marine propulsion.

Plenary Session: 26 October 2017
Professor Kaushik Rajashekara
Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston, USA,
IEEE Fellow and Member, IEEE Transportation Electrification Community

Topic:  Flying Cars – Requirements and Propulsion Strategies
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Abstract: With the advances in the technology of engines, electric motors, power converters, and communications, there is an increasing interest in flying vehicles and more electrification of these vehicles.  Several companies are already developing these vehicles with the intent of commercialization.  In this presentation, the history of flying cars including some of the on-going developments will be presented.  The technical challenges, particularly related to lift and propulsion, and the problems related to making it a wide scale adoption will be discussed.  The challenges, requirements of developing a hybrid or a pure electric flying car, and propulsion strategies for operating like an automobile, airplane with vertical take-off and landing will also be presented.                                                                                    

Biography: Kaushik Rajashekara, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas. Prior to this, he worked at UT Dallas as a Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Chief Technologist at Rolls-Royce Corporation, and Chief Scientist at Delphi/General Motors.  He has published more than 160 papers in international journals and conferences and has 44 patents. He has given over 150 invited presentations at international conferences and universities.  He was elected as Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation. He was also elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is the recipient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award, IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, and IEEE IAS Gerald Kliman award for contributions to electric power conversion systems in transportation. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of SAE International.

Dr Jay Giri
Former Director, Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives, GE Grid Software Solutions; Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, USA; IEEE Fellow, and Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society

Topic:  Evolution of EMS Control Centers – PMU Synchrophasor Solutions
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Abstract: Managing the future grid will require creative, innovative solutions. Uncertainties in the grid are increasing due to the growth of less predictable & reliable renewable generation resources, demand response programs, distributed generation, microgrids, potential cyber-security issues and the aging infrastructure. Energy Management Systems (EMS) have been deployed for decades at utility control centers to manage the electricity grid in real-time. Today these EMS capabilities are poised to be enhanced quite dramatically with growth of synchrophasor PMU measurements. Solutions to decentralize management of the grid are also being introduced – these include Distribution Management Systems, Substation Automation and advances in grid control devices. These new solutions will help us manage the uncertainties and challenges of the future smart grid. This presentation will describe:
• The history and evolution of the EMS from its digital genesis in the 1970’s.
• The primary functions of a modern EMS
• Emerging new industry drivers & emerging new technology trends
• Impact of growth of microgrids, renewables and distributed generation on the EMS
• Growth of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) and synchrophasor measurements worldwide
• Wide area monitoring (WAMS) and wide area control (WAMPAC) solutions
• Modern advanced fast-acting grid control devices
• Concluding thoughts on the challenges and opportunities to manage the future grid.

 

Biography:  Jay Giri is former Director of Power Systems Technology and Strategic Initiatives at GE Grid Software Solutions in Redmond, Washington. He leads a team of power system engineers who deliver generation control, market applications and synchrophasor/phasor measurement unit (PMU) applications to control centers. He is an affiliate faculty at the University of Washington.In 1978, Giri and 11 other engineers co-founded Energy System Computer Applications (ESCA). Over time, ESCA became Alstom Grid in 2010 and GE Grid Solutions in 2015. Jay designed and implemented the original software for the ESCA automatic generation control (AGC) and dispatcher training simulator (DTS) power system simulation functions. Today this AGC controls over 50% of North American generation as well as generation in many other countries, and the DTS is one of the predominant simulators used by control centers worldwide.Giri received his Ph.D. from Clarkson University in New York and a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He was elected IEEE Fellow in 2002: “for contributions to the design and implementation of power system control centers.” He was a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Governing Board – Member at Large for Industry Outreach – 2011-2016. He has been an Alstom Grid Senior Fellow since 2013 and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences since 2015. In 2017, Giri was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, “for contributions to utility control center technologies to enhance grid situational awareness and reliability.”

Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj
Professor of Sustainable Energy, Head, Energy and Climate Change Division,  University of Southampton, UK

Topic: Sustainable Energy across Scales
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Abstract:  Over the last two decades, sustainable energy technologies have become a critical part and a major contributor to the global energy supply mix especially in the electricity sector. This is driven by our desire to use sustainable resources to reduce pollution emanating from the current use of fossil fuels, increasing resource security through local generation, and the creation of new industries and jobs. Although some of the sustainable energy technologies are in some cases still driven by what is termed as support mechanisms or subsidies, the sustainable or renewable energy industry has matured, with huge investments being ploughed into it globally. Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was around US$286 billion in 2015, nearly 19% higher than the previous year. A large proportion of the investments have targeted solar and wind electrical power generation, and overall investment in these exceeded that for traditional fossil fuels. Renewable energy is now a major industry sector that is likely to grow further, displacing and augmenting traditional electricity generation facilities as we progress in this century. This talk will address these technologies and will give a discourse of status, applicability and policy implications, covering solar, wind, and marine energy. It will also consider installations at building, village, city and large deployments in farms or arrays.

Biography: AbuBakr Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy.  For more than 25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at www.energy.soton.ac.uk. These include Cities and InfrastructureData and ModellingEnergy and BehaviourEnergy and BuildingsEnergy for Development,  Environmental ImpactsMicrogeneration Technologies and Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics and Marine Energy). Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted in over 300 articles, published in academic refereed journals and conference series of international standing. He founded the International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME) which he is the Editor-in-Chief.In 2012, Prof Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council—believed to be the first such appointment in the UK and in 2014, the UK’s Science Council named him as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.In 2014 Prof Bahaj was appointed to King Salman ben Abdulaziz Chair for Energy Research at the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and 2017 was appointed as a visiting chair to at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology.

Mr William Gaillard
Sales Director, South Asia
Siemens Gamesa
Topic: Wind Turbine technology trends and its impact on Cost of Energy
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Abstract:  Available soon

Biography: William Gaillard has a bachelor of mechanical engineering and then graduated with a Master degree from La Rochelle Business school in International Purchasing and Logistics. William provides customers with the necessary support to develop successful projects, from pre-feasibility study to financial closure. William has been in Asia for 9 years and his expertise in the wind energy sector includes negotiation of complex turnkey solutions and long term maintenance agreements.