Change Drivers

Change Drivers

Change Drivers – Influential Figures within the Smart Grid Community

At Smart Grid Forums, we have created a community called ‘Change Drivers’, which is a group of influential and pioneering individuals within the smart grid industry that come together to share their opinions, projects and ideas in order to help drive change within the sector. This page will serve as a dedicated platform for their content, showcasing their projects, opinions, news and more!

Meet the Change Drivers:


What we Learned at NextGen SCADA Global 2020

From the 27th to the 31st January, 100+ SCADA implementation leaders and specialists from across Europe came together to review 20+ SCADA implementation case-studies. Beginning with a workshop, followed by the main 3-day conference and completed with a SCADA Cybersecurity seminar, this intensive programme gave attendees a variety of practical insights into the next-generation of SCADA – but what exactly was taken away from this event?

On the 1st day, attendees were involved in a 6 session workshop designed to formulate a roadmap to help implement SCADA systems, covering topics such as the Common Information Model, interoperability and more!

Throughout the main conference was a full coverage of the SCADA essentials – from DER’s to the cloud – giving a complete understanding of the benefits of implementing the next-generation of SCADA. One of the many highlights from the conference was the session on ADMS led by Mohamed Abdelghany from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, as many of the attendees commented on how advanced DEWA’s systems are and pointing to their infrastructure as where the industry will follow.

There was also plenty of opportunities for attendees to meet directly with solution providers. One of the companies exhibiting were Welotec, so we spoke to their Chief Technology Officer, Jos Zenner, who gave his opinions on the event.

“I just had 3 days of interesting lectures from leading TSO’s, DSO’s and vendors at NextGen SCADA Global 2020 in Berlin. The learnings we have from Smart Grid Forums events lead our product, solution and service roadmap. The insights about the implementation of SCADA and the tasks the utilities are facing brings a lot of value to it.

The main topics at NextGen SCADA this year was the use of a modular design, separation of hardware and software and cyber security.

In addition to that we get high quality business opportunities through exhibiting there. This very specialised audience is our target group.

Beside those important things I would also highlight the good organisation and the very good food during the breaks.”

To complete the event, a SCADA Cybersecurity Seminar was ran, exploring the latest cybersecurity policies, technology, cyberthreats and more. This allowed for an extensive understanding of the next-generation of SCADA systems, from more current processes to more future-focused possibilities.

We look forward to seeing the developments from attendees after this event.


Smart Grid Reliability on the Rise – SAIDI Improvement

The following diagram was provided by Mika Loukkalahti, Asset Manager at Helen Electricity Networks and Change Driver for Smart Grid Forums.

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SAIDI between 2016-19 includes Low Voltage faults.
In 2019, LV faults accounted for 0.85 minutes of the total 1.5 minutes

Helen Electricity Network Ltd (Helen) is a DSO for the capital of Finland, Helsinki.

As you can see in Helen’s reliability results, their SAIDI results have improved drastically since the turn of the millennium. In 2008, Helen launched a programme to halve its SAIDI level to 6 minutes by the year 2015 by applying 6 development tracks:

1: Investments to new substations

2. Replacing the remaining medium voltage (MV) overhead lines with cables

3. Investing in substation secondary system refurbishments

4. Strengthening the fault analyzing process and training of operational staff

5. Investing in new technologies as secondary substation automation

6. MV earth fault compensation systems.

The implementation of these 6 tracks proved to be extremely effective as the goal was to halve the annual energy weighted System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDIEW) level (5 years average) from 12 mins to 6 mins, but the result was under 3 mins by the end of 2016.

These results are credit to Helen’s process of analysing, investing and most importantly, innovating.

If you’re looking to maximise effectiveness, drive business value and speed to market, whilst also leveraging the opportunities of the energy transition, join us at ‘Smart Grid Innovation 2020‘ on the 12-14 May in Brussels. This 3 day conference will bring together smart utility innovation leaders for an intensive review of how TSOs and DSOs are innovating and developing the next generation of smart grid assets and processes in-house.


Securing Electrical Substations in 2020 and Beyond!

In the PDF below, Chaitanya Bisale (Product Portfolio Manager at Siemens and speaker at Smart Grid Forums) shares his insights on how to develop a cybersecurity strategy to support the more complex needs of multi-vendor, multi-edition substations.

Chaitanya will also be speaking at Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, alongside many other international utility cybersecurity experts.

To read Chaitanya’s full insights, download the document below: