Welcome to IEC 61850 Global 2018

Welcome to the 5th annual IEC 61850 Global 2018. This year’s programme draws together 150+ IEC 61850 experts and implementation leaders for a review of the latest utility implementation case-studies and supplier technology innovations. We will be including many more international presentations and inviting a more global delegation to facilitate a wider exchange of end-user experiences, and ensure the optimal development of the standard for the global power grid community.

Alongside the case-study conference agenda, we have a number of technology innovation panels, a series of intimate round table discussions, a live demo lab of the latest tools and technologies, an exhibition area displaying state of IEC 61850-enabled solutions, and an evening reception open to all participants. Additionally, don’t miss the Fundamentals of IEC 61850 workshop taking place the day before the main conference, led by Christoph Brunner, Convenor of IEC TC57 WG10, designed to demystify this complex standard and bring all participants up to speed with its latest edition.

Event highlights include:

  • Case-Study Programme – hear from 16+ international utility IEC 61850 experts and implementation leaders on the lessons learnt from actual deployments of the standard across smart grid infrastructures
  • Utility Heavy Speaker Line-Up - selected on the strength of the projects they are involved in, their pivotal roles in implementation decision making, and their insights into lessons learnt and future roadmaps
  • Roundtable Discussions - the opportunity to brainstorm and problem solve with peers from across the IEC 61850 ecosystem in small groups, bring real-life challenges to the table, and take-away fresh new solutions to support implementation objectives
  • Fundamentals Workshop - run by Christoph Brunner, Convenor of IEC TC57 WG10, taking place the day before the main conference, this workshop demystifies the fundamental building blocks of this complex standard and provides a comprehensive understanding of how it can be applied in a variety of scenarios
  • Solution Zone - running alongside the conference, the solution zone provides a focused display of IEC 61850 products and services on the market, with experts on hand to discuss your specific challenges and provide tailored advice to help propel your implementation plans to the next level
  • Live Demo Labs - a 1:1 private demonstration, providing you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the most advanced and forward-looking IEC 61850 solutions and services
  • Evening Networking Reception - taking place the evening of conference day one, this complementary networking event is open to all participants, and provides the opportunity to relax and unwind, meet with colleagues from across the global IEC 61850 community, allow new ideas to cement and new partnership opportunities to emerge

Speakers Include

Christoph Brunner

President of it4power & Convenor
IEC TC 57 WG10

Christoph Brunner graduated as an electrical engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1983. He is a Utility Industry professional with over 25 years of industry experience with both knowledge across several areas within the Utility Industry and of technologies from the Automation Industry. He is president of it4power in Switzerland, a consulting company to the power industry. He has worked as a project manager at ABB Switzerland Ltd in the business area Power Technology Products in Zurich / Switzerland where he was responsible for the process close communication architecture of the substation automation system. He is convenor of the working group (WG) 10 of the IEC TC57 and member of WG 17, 18 and 19 of IEC TC57. He is IEEE Fellow, member of IEEE-PES and IEEE-SA. He is active in several working groups of the IEEE-PSRC (Power Engineering Society – Relay Committee) and member of the PSRC main committee and the subcommittee H. He is international advisor to the board of the UCA international users group.

Grégory Huon

Head of Engineering Governance

Grégory Huon received degrees of Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering, Institut Supérieur Industriel de Mons, Belgium – 2000) and Master of Science (IT and Management, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium – 2003). Grégory began his career in the Transmission field in 2000.  After an experience as Project Leader (2001-2006) and Team Leader (2006-2008) in infrastructure projects, Gregory was between 2008 and 2012 head of Secondary Systems department (technical governance & expertise level) within Elia TSO in Belgium.   In 2013 Grégory took on responsibility for the infrastructure replacement projects – primary and secondary systems – for the Elia network in Belgium.  In 2015, Grégory took on responsibility for the Engineering Governance department.  Grégory is specialised in infrastructure project management, asset management and secondary systems expertise. Since 2012 Grégory has been leading the ENTSO-E WG on IEC 61850 standard and the Cigré Working Group B5.50 “IEC 61850 Based Substation Automation Systems – Users Expectations and Stakeholders Interactions”.  Grégory is also active within IEC TC57 WG10 as liaison D for ENTSO-E and he convenes the Belgian mirror committee of IEC TC57.  In 2017, Grégory took on the leadership of the Task 7.1 Interoperability of the European Commission funded project “Osmose”.

Rannveig Loken

Project Manager

Rannveig Loeken’s special field of interest is protection and control for the transmission system. She is currently the project manager in Statnett for an R&D project related to Digital substation. She has many years’ experience from her position as Head of the Control and Protection section in Statnett. Since 2012 Rannveig has been the secretary of CIGRÉ Study Commitee B5. In addition, the work in CIGRÉ Working groups is of great interest, she is currently a member of WG B5.53. In addition, she is in the Advisory board of PAC world, Committee member of DPSP, and Member of International Advisory Committee APA.

Mohd Iqbal Ridwan

Principal Researcher (System Automation)
TNB Research Sdn Bhd

Mr. Mohd Iqbal bin Ridwan is currently Principal Researcher (System Automation) in TNB Research Sdn Bhd. He received his Bsc. Degree from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan in 2005 and MBA from University Tenaga Nasional in 2018. He has been with Tenaga Nasional Berhad for 13 years. His research interests include; IEC 61850 based Substation Protection, Automation and Control; Smart Grid; Reliability Engineering. He is involved as corresponding member in the following international technical committees; CIGRE WG B5.59 “Requirements for Near-Process Intelligent Electronic Devices”; CIGRE WG B5.53 “Test Strategy for Protection, Automation and Control (PAC) functions in a full digital substation based on IEC 61850 applications”; North America IEC 61850 Process Bus User Task Force. He received the Best Promising Researcher award by TNB Research Sdn Bhd in 2013. He also has authored and presented more than 25 technical papers and journals throughout his career

Byung Tae Jang

Principal Researcher

Byungtae Jang received his B.S degree in electrical engineering from Busan National University, Korea in 1990. His research interests are protective relaying, Substation Automation System. He has been working in KEPCO since 1990. He is currently a Principal researcher at KEPCO research institute. He is in charge of development of testing tools for IEC 61850 system and substation restoration

Peter Rümenapp

Team Leader, Control and Automation Technology
Amprion GmbH

Mr. Rümenapp studied electrical engineering with specialization in automation at the University of Applied Sciences Hagen. He has more than 35 years’ professional experience in power generation and transportation. Mr. Rümenapp is an employee of the secondary technology department at Amprion GmbH. Within the department, he is team leader for the field of control and automation technology. He is also Information Security Manager for the area of secondary technology. Mr. Rümenapp has been involved in information security for more than 10 years as part of his work. Amprion has been operating an ISMS in accordance with ISO / IEC 27000 since March 2010. One of the many rules outlined is, that all new technologies of secondary systems that are integrated into the process network must be audited according to BDEW white papers. In this respect, Amprion has formulated a separate chapter “IT Security” for the tendering of a new substation automation system based on IEC 61850 in 2014

David MacDonald

System Monitoring Lead Engineer

David works for Iberdrola Distribution, a leading distribution network operator in Spain and early adopter of substation automation systems. His role is to provide technical and asset management support to the Protection team, where he specializes in disturbance analysis and is also involved in the standardization of IEC 61850 across the business. He received his MEng degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde, before joining Scottish Power in 2009 and consequently Iberdrola Distribution in 2012


Zigor Ojinaga

Industrialisation Project Leader
Iberdrola Distribucion

Zigor Ojinaga joined Iberdrola Distribucion (IBDE) in 1997 and has worked in different distribution areas, such as, Remote Control Systems (SCADA, DMS) and MV automation. Since 2009 he has been technical responsible of the Star project, an ambitious deployment that has successfully transformed technology in the field of Smart Grids. He is currently leading the definition of the Substation Automation System within the Processes & Technologies department at IBDE.

Priyanka Mohapatra

Senior Project Manager
SP Energy Networks

Priyanka Mohapatra is currently working as RIIO T2 Innovation Lead at SP Energy Networks. She previously led, and was involved in, the conceptualisation of several innovation projects enhancing grid observability, controllability and standardisation of digital technologies. Prior to joining SPEN, Priyanka was working with Siemens AG for 8 years. She started at Siemens Ltd., India as an electrical engineer before moving to Siemens AG Global R&D, Germany working as a software developer and project manager for SCADA, EMS, DMS systems. She then worked with Siemens Protection Devices Ltd., UK as a product owner and senior engineer designing and developing protection devices. Priyanka holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and an MSc. in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.

René Troost

AM Grid Strategist

René Troost, graduated as an Electrical Engineer, and started his career in Telecommunications. He has an extended experience of over ten years in the modern Substation Automation business. In 2014 René joined Stedin, the DSO in the Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht area of The Netherlands. René oversees the Substation Automation policy at Stedin and is an active member of the Dutch mirror committee of the IEC TC57 (NEC57) and the TC57 WG10 dealing with power system IED communication and associated data models. He is an expert in the domains of Protection, Automation, Control and Telecommunication and fulfils several roles.

Anne van der Molen

Technology Officer

Anne van der Molen is grid strategist for the Dutch DSO Stedin He joined Stedin in 2011 to help develop Stedin’s emergence as digital DSO. In the past five years, he has been involved in strategy planning and asset management, distribution automation programs and programs around digital asset lifecycle management, analytics and digital grid operations. Anne has represented Stedin in several national task forces and is member of EDSO’s technology committee. Previously, Anne worked as solution manager and strategic product manager for a major telecoms equipment and services company.  He holds a Msc degree in Electrical Engineering.

Nikolay Ignatovski

Engineer in Automation – Substation Automation System

Nikolay Ignatovski received his MS degree in Electrical Engineering and Automatics from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the maintenance and testing of operation, control and protection equipment in power distribution and transmission substations in Bulgaria. In 2001, he started to work as Relay protection and Automation engineer and later he joined the Distribution network operating regimes analysis group at the Sofia city DSO Company. In 2007, he became a member of the “Electrical Power Substations Operation & Maintenance” department at the Bulgarian TSO company “ESO” EAD where he worked as a Power transmission engineer. From 2012, he works as an engineer in Automation – substation automation systems in the TSO’s National Dispatching Center.


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