IEEE PES General Meeting 2021

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What to Expect

RTDS Technologies is proud Platinum Sponsors of the 2021 IEEE PES General Meeting. We’re excited to highlight select sessions for you. Browse our recommended panel sessions, super session, and papers on this page.  

The IEEE PES General Meeting attracts professionals from every segment of the electric power industry. It features a comprehensive technical program with paper presentations, poster and panel sessions, a number of technical tours, a student program, and companion activities. This year’s theme is “Managing Energy Business During a Pandemic.” 

Event Details

Dates:  July 26 – 29, 2021
Timezone: Eastern Standard Time
Location: Virtual 
Event Registration: pes-gm.org/2021

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Super Session

"Grid Edge – Devices, Control, Applications, and System Operation"

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Summary: Eight panel sessions, listed here, will be presented during this super session. RTDS is proud to make this super session possible through its Platinum Sponsorship. 

Session Chair 1: Federico Milano
Session Chair 2: Andrey Bernstein

  1. Distributed energy resources and energy storage are paving the way to grid modernization
    B. Enayati, National Grid, US
  2. Understanding the behind-the-meter resources
    Y. Zhang, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  3. Hydrogen and smart energy storage in data centers
    E. Nasr, Microsoft, US
  4. Exact Relaxation and No Spurious Local Optima in AC OPF
    S. Low, CalTech; Panelists: Fengyu Zhou, CalTech
  5. Establishing credibility for load coordination at scale
    J. Mathieu, University of Michigan
  6. Flexibility and distributed resources for power system security
    J. Ostergaard, DTU, Denmark; Panelists: Charalampos Ziras, DTU, Denmark
  7. Grid modernization and DER: Resilient, complex, and affordable, pick any three
    R. Boys, Oncor, US
  8. Learning to optimize grid-edge devices in real time
    E. Dall’Anese, University of Colorado

Panel Sessions

Real-time simulation advancing education and training on power and energy systems

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 from 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM EST
Session Track:
Emerging Technologies

Summary: Tackling the challenges associated with DER integration to promote the energy transition requires new and advanced educational and training tools. During the last years a relatively large number of institutions have acquired Digital Real-Time Simulators in both academia and industry. However, this is not reflected in the use of real-time Hardware in the Loop (HIL) simulation for education and training, which is still rather limited in the power and energy sector. In this framework, this panel will shed light on the potential of using real-time HIL simulation for educational/training purposes on energy topics in both academia and industry. The benefits for distinct applications, such as power system protection, power electronics, DER integration and smart grids will be explained with selected reference experiences of the Task Force members. Moreover, the combination of real-time simulation with modern educational methods will be discussed.

Session Chair 1: Panos Kotsampopoulos
Session Chair 2: Nikos Hatziargyriou

Simulator and Physical Hardware Testbeds for Intelligent System Applications in Power Systems

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
Session Track:
Emerging Technologies

Summary: The objective of this panel to bring together a collection of testbeds, both simulators and physical hardware, that exist in different laboratories around the world for conducting research, development and innovation in intelligent system applications in power systems with emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) methods. Power system testbeds of different capabilities are important to evaluate the performance of current and new AI methods and compare them to non-AI methods.

Session Chair 1: Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy

Using replica converter models for HVDC system simulations (part 1)

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST
Session Track:
Resource and Transmission for Future Power System

Summary: VSC HVDC converter stations are very complex systems that are able to provide a highly dynamic response to system events. These converters make use of multiple dedicated control loops and protection systems to allow for this dynamic response. To protect the vendor’s IP, only proprietary black (or grey) box models are available, limiting the ability of the HVDC owner to obtain a full image of the behavior of the equipment and its interaction with other equipment. As a result, many system operators revert to the use of dedicated replica (hardware) models of the converters connected to a (real-time) simulator. This panel discusses the pros and cons of this approach, and will show best practices by different users. The panel session is split into two parts. In part one, the practice of using replica’s for system simulation purposes will be discussed and compared with alternative approaches. The second session will present a number of practical case studies from around the world.

Session Chair 1: Dirk Van Hertem, KU Leuven

Using replica converter models for HVDC system simulations (part 2)

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Session Track:
Resource and Transmission for Future Power System

Summary: VSC HVDC converter stations are very complex systems that are able to provide a highly dynamic response to system events. These converters make use of multiple dedicated control loops and protection systems to allow for this dynamic response. To protect the vendor’s IP, only proprietary black (or grey) box software models are available, limiting the ability of the HVDC owner/consultant to obtain a full image of the behavior of the equipment and its interaction with other equipment. The inability to model the response under all eventualities when using offline EMT type software leads to uncertainty on the actual behavior of the HVDC equipment. In order to reduce risks, many system operators and prospective HVDC system owners revert to the use of dedicated replica (hardware) models of the converters connected to a (real-time) simulator to perform a broad range of in depth studies. This panel discusses the pros and cons of this approach, and will show best practices by different users. The panel session is split into two parts. In part one, the practice of using replica’s for system simulation purposes will be discussed and compared with alternative approaches. The second session will present a number of practical case studies from around the world.

Session Chair 1: Dirk Van Hertem, KU Leuven

Papers

PMSG Wind Turbine State Space Model Structure Preserving Aggregation Method

Date: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST
Session Title: Power System Dynamic Performance Poster Session
Authors: A. Gole, University of Manitoba; I. Kaffashan, University of Manitoba; W. Li, University of Manitoba; Y. Zhang, RTDS Technologies Inc..

Considerations for specifying and connecting replica controls to real time simulators  

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 8:05 AM – 8:10 AM EST
Session Title: Using replica converter models for HVDC system simulations
Author: Paul Forsyth, RTDS Technologies Inc.