3-Day Training for Non-Electrical Engineers Entering the Smart Utility Sector
27-29 August 2019 | London, UK

Welcome to Fundamentals of the Smart Grid 2019

This training programme provided non-technical, non-electrical engineering professionals entering the smart utility sector with a firm foundation in the building blocks of the smart grid. Over 3 intensive and immersive training days attendees came to understand the history of the power grid and the drivers for its migration to the smart grid, the current architecture, operation and maintenance of the smart grid, and the impact of future technology trends on the ongoing operation and maintenance of the smart grid.

Whatever the professional background and seniority level, this programme provided the foundation and context needed to hit the ground running in attendees new roles. The programme was comprised of 12 modules, each lasting 90 minutes and provided a combination of speaker-led presentations, breakout group exercises and group Q&A sessions.

Places were strictly limited to 50 participants to ensure an interactive learning experience for all attendees.

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Programme format

3 intensive training days provided a thorough understanding of 3 fundamental concepts including:

  • History – getting to grips with the history of the power grid and the drivers for its migration to the smart grid. Including the current state of play, regulatory backdrop, carbon reduction targets, IT/OT integration.
  • Current – immersing yourself in current smart grid architectures, and their operations and maintenance implications. Including utility telecom networks, SCADA systems, substation automation and IEC 61850, cybersecurity
  • Future – exploring future technology trends and their impact on the operations and maintenance of the grid. Including AI & ML, blockchain, big data and utility cloud, energy storage, EV integration, DER and microgrids


Attendees learnt from industry leading practitioners including:

Mohseen Mohemmed - Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Mohseen Mohemmed

Protection & Control Engineering ManagerScottish & Southern Electricity Networks
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Mark McGranaghan - ESRI

Mark McGranaghan

Vice President, Integrated GridElectric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
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Tom Segers

Tom Segers

Head of Department Digitalization & Communication TechnologyFluvius
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Graham Oakes

Graham Oakes

Previously Founder and Chief ScientistUpside Energy
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Erwin Frank-Schultz

Erwin Frank-Schultz

UKI Energy & Utilities - Industry Technical LeaderIBM
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David Raisz - E.ON Research Centre

Prof. David Raisz

Project Leader & Division Head, Institute for Automation of Complex Power SystemsE.ON Energy Research Centre
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