Accelerating the Mass Roll-out of Digital Substations to Maximise Grid Visibility, Reliability and Security
26-28 November 2019 | Berlin, Germany

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Welcome to Digital Substations 2019

The 4th edition of the Digital Substations conference, formerly known as IntelliSub Europe, takes place 26th– 28th November 2019, in Berlin. This year’s programme will draw together 100+ participants to review 20+ utility implementation case-studies. Discussions will focus on system tendering and specification, design and implementation, advanced functionalities, testing and certification, operation and maintenance, as well as future system developments in the context of IoT, Cloud, AI & ML among others.

Event highlights include:

  • Case-study driven conference programme
  • Roundtable breakout sessions
  • Networking evening reception
  • Technology innovation panel discussions
  • AI and Machine Learning for the substation Tutorial
Conference Day 1Tuesday 26 November 2019
08:00Registration and refreshments
08:45Opening address from the chair
09:00DER Drivers for Digital Substations – leveraging advanced digital substation technologies to ensure power quality and stability in a more dynamic and complex grid environment
  • Helder Barbosa - EDP
    Helder Barbosa
    Project Manager on Automation and IoT Unit of Networks Digital Platform, EDP
09:45Risk Management – managing the migration to digital substations whilst ensuring seamless levels of grid reliability, stability and security
  • Speaker to be confirmed
10:30Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:00Key Panel Discussion: Business Case for Large-Scale Deployment – building a robust business plan that achieves instant board approval and deep workforce engagement to support the large-scale commercial roll-out of digital substations
12:30Lunch, networking & exhibition
14:00Tendering and Specification – effectively collaborating with suppliers to develop a specification framework that delivers systems that are fit for purpose today and flexible enough to adapt to the needs of a dynamic and rapidly evolving smart grid environment
  • Jennifer Mackenzie- Scottish Power
    Jennifer Mackenzie
    Senior Engineer, Scottish Power
14:45Future Functionalities for the Dynamic Grid – identifying new functionalities that will support power flow management in a more dynamic and volatile grid environment
15:30Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition
16:00System Design for Large-Scale Roll-Out – striking the balance between standardisation and customisation to support the rapid roll out of digital substations in a variety of locations and network complexities
16:45Communication Design for Real-Time Operation – developing a robust, reliable, secure and future-proofed communication architecture to support mission
  • Speaker to be confirmed
17:30Roundtable discussions
19:00Networking reception
20:30End of conference day one
Conference Day 2Wednesday 27 November 2019
08:00Registration and refreshments
08:45Welcome back from the chair
09:00Retrofitting Digital Substations – effectively integrating next generation digital substation technology with legacy infrastructure
09:45Optimising the Engineering Process – reducing the time and cost of engineering multi-vendor multi-edition digital substations through advanced configuration management
  • Pablo Humeres Flores
    Pablo Humeres Flores
    Head of Automation Systems of Substations, Power Plants and Control Centers, Eletrosul Brazil
10:30Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:00Technology Innovation Panel: benchmarking next generation substations systems, components, features and functionalities
  • Thomas Rudolph - Schneider Electric
    Thomas Rudolph
    CTO Substation Automation, Schneider Electric
  • Additional speakers to be confirmed
12:30Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00Advanced Testing for Multi-Vendor Systems – fully automating the system testing procedure to ensure an efficient and cost-effective approach for next generation digital substations
14:453rd Party Testing Tools – examining how vendor-independent testing tools are being developed to support the effective design, installation and testing of multi-vendor digital substations systems
  • Alex Apostolov
    Alex Apostolov
    Principal Engineer, OMICRON Editor-in-Chief, PAC World
15:30Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition
16:00IEC 61850 and the Process Bus – reducing costs and improving safety through advanced implementation of the Process Bus
16:45Real-time Monitoring & Control – applying real-time capability to the monitoring and control of next generation substation assets
17:30Data Management & Analytics – utilising high volumes of grid data to generate deep operational insights and drive grid efficiency in a secure and reliable manner
18:15End of conference day two
Conference Day 3Thursday 28 November 2019
08:00Registration and refreshments
08:45Welcome back from the chair
09:00Condition Monitoring – implementing condition-monitoring solutions across the grid to support advanced, real-time predictive maintenance based on accurate asset health data
09:45Predictive Maintenance – establishing a robust framework for predictive maintenance to maximise asset lifecycles whilst minimising unplanned outages
  • Petr Lang - E.ON Česká Republika
    Petr Lang
    Project Manager, Asset Strategy & Projects, E.ON Česká republika
10:30Morning refreshments and exhibition
11:00Cybersecurity – implementing advanced prevention and detection systems to maximise substation protection and rapidly respond to unforeseen cyberthreats
11:45Maintenance Crew Upskilling – defining the range of skills required of maintenance crews as the deployment of digital substations gain momentum and developing an inhouse training programme to support their needs
  • Javier Figuera Pozuelo - Red Eléctrica de España
    Javier Figuera Pozuelo
    Senior Engineer, Red Eléctrica de España
12:30Lunch, networking & exhibition
14:00IoT in the Substation – exploiting the full potential of IoT to deliver the next generation digital substation through the mass deployment of sensors, machine learning, and real-time analytics
  • Tom Segers
    Tom Segers
    Head of Department Digitalization & Communication Technology, Fluvius
14:45Cloud based Substations – leveraging cloud solutions to support high volume data storage, management and analytics
  • Sergio Ramos Pinto
    Sergio Ramos Pinto
    Associate Director, Digital Grid, Networks' Digital Platform, EDP
15:30Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition
16:00Tutorial: AI & ML for the Substation - integrating AI & ML functionality into digital substations to drive the self-healing self-learning substation
  • Mark Richter - Fraunhofer IFF
    Dr Mark Richter
    Technology Evangelist for Energy Systems, Fraunhofer IFF
  • Ahmed Jawad - E.ON Digital Technology
    Ahmed Jawad
    Head of Advanced Analytics, Smart Agents and Systems, E.ON Digital Technology
17:30End of conference