Special Session: Microgrid

Access to reliable, safe and affordable energy is one of the key challenges humanity must address and resolve during the 21st century. This challenge is particularly acute in South East Asia where more than 100 million people have no access to reliable electricity due to varying reasons. A commonly cited reason is the lack of infrastructure to connect remote areas to the national grid. While production of electricity using diesel generators is an alternative for the off-grid locations, there are still challenges for the transportation of fuel supply to the remote regions and the economic factors have to be considered as well.

In this microgrid special session on 31 October 2018, you will hear from the speakers on the innovations to address some of the challenges to electrify remote regions. While tapping onto renewables such as solar photovoltaic is an option, the unreliable nature also poses some issues to deliver sustainable electricity. The techniques to sustain and deliver reliable electrification throughout day and night will be discussed.

Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm 
Venue: Peony Room 4411, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands
Session Chair: Prof Choo Fook Hoong, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Draft programme (updated 28 October 2018 and subject to changes) 

Time Speaker Speaker / Topic & Abstract / Biography
2.00pm Topic: Unlocking the value of integrated energy systems with big data and artificial intelligence

Abstract: The ongoing energy revolution leads to the emergence of decentralized energy systems. In this context, METRON has developed an innovative solution based on Artificial Intelligence, to redefine the way we think about energy. The speech will encompass our disruptive approach. Metron’s unique A.I., supported by Machine Learning, and ontologies, which is fully context-aware and provides unrivaled insight into energy usage. Thanks to our industrial expertise, METRON is addressing new challenges from the consumption to the production of energy in micro-grids.

Speaker: Mr Scott Cerreta, General Manager, Metron Labs

Biography:  Scott is General Manager of METRON APAC. He leads strategy and day-to-day operations for METRON’s artificial intelligence approach based on real time energy data and knowledge bases, which enable flexible Distributed Energy Resources. Scott is shaping METRON’s EVA (Energy Virtual Assistant) platform offering which includes Factory, VPP, Microgrid, Mobility and Smart Machines throughout the APAC energy ecosystem. Prior to METRON, Scott was the Director of Technology Partnerships business for GreenSync a global energy-tech company connecting millions of energy resources to create more dynamic grids. Scott has been a Co-Founder of DAE Resources with a primary focus on client-specific advanced energy solutions and Director of Sales for A&P Construction, managing a national development team focused on commercial and industrial solar and battery storage deployment. He also worked with SolarCity in leading teams that developed, designed and installed multi-MW of solar PV projects. Scott holds a B.A in International Business and Management from the W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

2.15pm Topic: Rolls-Royce Hybrid Microgrid Demonstrators: Way to Future Commercial Solutions

Abstract: As a global leader in reciprocating engines gensets, Rolls-Royce seeks to provide complete suite of hybrid microgrid solutions to its customers. A hybrid microgrid can be represented as a small-scale power system network comprising of generating sources, loads and storage. As a very first footstep towards the ambition, a microgrid validation center has been built at Rolls-Royce Power System facilities in Friedrichshafen, Germany and an operative microgrid is in construction in Aiken, USA. These installations are set-up to demonstrate the future hybrid microgrid solution offerings comprising of system automation solution, energy storage solution and hybrid-electric reciprocating engine based genset etc. In Singapore, Rolls-Royce has set-up an Experimental Demonstrator at Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator – Singapore (REIDS). The objective of this demonstrator is to demonstrate and experimentally validate Rolls-Royce Microgrid Automation Solution with various power architectures involving various Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Reciprocating Engine based Gensets, Energy Storage Systems, Hybrid-Electric Gensets, Renewable Energy Systems, and Power-grid etc.

Speaker: Dr Amit Gupta, Chief of Rolls-Royce Electrical, Rolls-Royce Singapore

Biography: Amit Gupta holds a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS). During 2000-12, he worked for Bechtel Corporation, Samsung Heavy Industries, Delphi Automotive Systems and Vestas Wind Systems. Since August 2012, he has been Chief of Rolls-Royce Electrical (RRE) at Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd. He is Director of the Electrical Programme at Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate lab.

To date he has been granted 24 patents and filed another 25 patents. He has also published more than 100 papers in international conferences and journals. He is an Adjunct Professor with ECE, NUS and EEE, NTU. He holds a six sigma Green Belt Certificate from Delphi Automotive Systems and trained in six sigma Black Belt techniques through Vestas Wind Systems.

He received 2016 IEEE R10 Industry-Academia collaboration award for developing world class electrical R&T lab EPSIL@N. He was runner up in 2015 Rolls-Royce Engineering & Technology (E&T) Technical Awards and winner of 2018 Central E&T Sir Henry Royce Award for Engineering Excellence. He is a recipient of Vestas Innovation excellence award 2009 for being top 5 innovators of Vestas Global Research. He is a recipient of the Prize paper from the IEEE Industrial Applications Society’s (IAS) – Industrial Power Converter Committee (IPCC) for 2005.

He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transitions on Power Electronics and plays an active role in organizing electrical power engineering conferences in Asia. He is Fellow of the IET and a Chartered Engineer from Engineering Council UK, and a Senior Member of IEEE and Institution of Engineers – Singapore.

2.30pm Topic: Stability of microgrids with low inertia and VSG

Abstract: The increased integration and management of distributed generation coupled with the an increased participation of consumers (concept of active consumer and optimization of consumption) while taking advantage of key enabling technologies such as advanced power electronics, storage and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has opened up the possibility of managing local grids with local available decentralized generation. This is the case for microgrids. However, this concept encompasses several situations ranging from islanded grids or “non-interconnected zones” to self-supplied areas including industrial sites with different contrasted use cases.

These microgrids have different consumption patterns and are supplied with different penetration rates of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) with different dynamic characteristics. When these RES are interconnected to the microgrid through power electronic interfaces at a large scale, the inertia of the system is lower which can increase the sensitivity of the microgrid to various disturbances and therefore may jeopardise the overall stability of the microgrid. This issue must be addressed when considering high penetration rates of power electronic interfaced RES in microgrids while understanding the corresponding dynamics and their impact on the stability of these microgrids.

The presentation will address the challenges of microgrids with high penetration rate of RES and the related stability issue. It will focus on some recent developments in this area and the potential of a Virtual Synchronous Generator (VSG) to improve the stability of microgrids.

Speaker: Prof Nouredine Hadjsaid,  Grenoble INP, the Institute of Engineering of Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France, and Director of G2Elab

Biography: Dr. Nouredine Hadjsaid received his PhD and the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” degrees from Grenoble Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1998 respectively. He is presently a full professor at Grenoble INP, Institute of Engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes, where he conducts research at G2ELAB. His main expertise is in the area of “Smartgrids”.

He has directed the common academia-industry research & innovation center between EDF, Schneider Electric and G2Elab on distribution and Smartgrids from 2001 to 2013. He is presently the Director of G2ELAB research laboratory, the Director of an ENEDIS chair of excellence on “Smartgrids” and the Chairman of Scientific Council of Think SmartGrids, the French industrial branch. At the international level, he is the French representative at International Energy Agency for ISGAN-SIRFN Annex, the vice-chair of IEEE IGETCC (Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technologies Coordination Committee) and the Treasurer of IEEE Power Energy Society. He was the General Chair of IEEE PowerTech’2013 held in Grenoble-France and IEEE SG4SC (SmartGrids for SmartCities) held in Paris in 2016.

Dr. Hadjsaid has published more 260 scientific papers in international conferences and referred journals, has author/co-authored and directed 7 books about power systems and Smartgrids.

2.45pm Topic:  Sustainable Powering Off-grid Regions (SPORE) Project

Abstract: In general, the work around the micro grid concept focuses mostly on the electrical network .At ENGIE, though, we believe that we can increase the efficiency of the energy system by optimizing the interaction between multiple energy vectors at both operational and planning stages. Therefore, ENGIE and Schneider Electric have jointly built S’PORE –Sustainable Powering of Off-Grid Regions, the largest multi-fluid micro grid in Asian pacific region on Semakau island – Singapore. The presentation will first introduce the S’PORE multi-fluid micro grid project along with its rich energy ecosystem. The multi-fluid energy management system solution developed by ENGIE will then be highlighted as an extension of the concept of “energy management systems”. Eventually interactions between electricity, hydrogen and transportation sector will be depicted.

Speaker: Ms Lilia Bouchendouka, Electrical Power System Engineer and Project Manager, ENGIE Lab Singapore 

Biography: Lilia BOUCHENDOUKA is an electrical power system engineer and project manager responsible for of developing a multi-fluid energy management system on behalf of ENGIE Lab Crigen . Lilia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical power system engineering from Algiers Science and Technologies University. She also holds a master in Renewable Energy and Efficient Management of Energy from Claude Bernard- Lyon 1 University.
Lilia has worked as a design engineer in an engineering office and as a smart grid engineer for the R&D sector. Lilia’s experience includes Nice’s first micro grid project (Nice Grid) Nice-France and the analytics for a Smart City Energy project (SCE) Paris-France. She has also taken part in the design of a smart factory energy management system project in Lyon-France and in the modeling and simulation of multi-energy and multi-usage grids for several projects in France. Lilia’s passion is managing the design and the development of efficient energy systems.

3.00pm Topic: Microgrids for Affordable and Sustainable Electricity in Remote Areas

Abstract: Leveraging EDF experience, skillsets and innovations, together with NTU, EDF has built on Semakau island a fully integrated microgrid, easily deployable, reaching local needs with an affordable electricity supply, and targeting packaged and plug & play solutions. MASERA has been deployed in only one year from basic design in the end of 2017 to full commissioning in October 2018. MASERA leverages the strong EDF Group international experience in designing, developing and operating distributed energy solutions.

Speaker: Mr Bruno Prestat, EDF R&D
International & Partnerships
Managing Director, Electric Power Systems, EDF

Biography:  Bruno Prestat has a 30+ year experience with EDF spanning across transmission grids then R&D in electric power systems, energy markets, economics, regulations, smart grid and microgrids.(project and R&D team management). Bruno was recently seconded to the US to manage the EDF – EPRI collaboration in the smart grid area. Bruno Prestat is now with EDF R&D Paris-Saclay Lab (France), in charge of R&D development and collaborations in power systems, working with international EDF research labs and business units, electric utilities, industrial and scientific partners.

3.15pm Topic: The Economics of Hybrid Systems and Microgrids in Different Applications

Abstract: The presentation will cover analytical requirements to optimize the design and assess the economic feasibility of different kinds of microgrids. The focus will be on hybrid systems that combine renewables with storage and backup generation, where appropriate. The talk will distinguish between different types of microgrids where the emphasis varies between energy access, diesel fuel displacement, reliability, and resilience.

Speaker: Dr Peter Lilienthal, CEO, Homer Energy

Biography: Peter is the original developer of the HOMER software and founded HOMER Energy in 2009 to enhance and commercialize HOMER® Pro. He has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Peter has been active in the field of renewable and distributed energy and energy efficiency since 1978. Before founding HOMER Energy, he was president of Green Island Power, which provided analytical services for renewable and distributed power projects. From 1990-2007 he was Senior Economist with the International Programs Office at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His experience has included project development of distributed power projects, designing and teaching courses at the university level, and consulting to industry and regulators. His technical expertise is in utility modeling and the economic and financial analysis of renewable and distributed power projects. He was the lead analyst and one of the creators of NREL’s International and Village Power Programs.

3.30pm Coffee & Tea Break