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IEEE SmartGridComm Symposium on
Wide-Area Monitoring, Control & Protection

Symposium Co-chairs

Tevfik Sezi, Siemens AG, Germany (chair)
Galina S. Antonova, ABB Inc., Vancouver, Canada
Vladimir Terzija, University of Manchester, UK
Jean-Claude Maun, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Mladen Kezunovic, Texas A&M University, USA

Scope and Motivation

“Wide Area Monitoring, Control and Protection (WAMPAC)” technology helps to monitor power system dynamics in real time, identify system stability related weaknesses and helps to design and implement countermeasures. This technology is based on Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs), which can deliver precisely time synchronized values of voltage and current Phasors and other power system related quantities like frequency, breaker positions etc. to a central data processing system, generally using Phasor Data Concentrators (PDCs). 
Due to the fact that several large countries like Brazil, India, China, and Russia are installing new very large power plants (Nuclear, Hydro and Coal) far away from major load centers, the number of transmission corridors is growing. European countries like Germany, Denmark and United Kingdom are facing a similar challenge with the installation of very large offshore wind parks. As a consequence, the load on the related transmission corridors is growing, and power system stability, especially in case of a contingency gains increased attention.

One basic application is “Wide Area Real Time Monitoring & Disturbance Recording”, which helps to understand the reason for power system dynamics followed by an outage or blackout after a very short analysis time. A significant higher challenge is the evolutionary replacement of voltage and current sensors of a SCADA/EM System with PMUs to establish a highly dynamic “State Measurement System”.

WAMPAC technology involves the use of system-wide information and the communication of selected local information to a remote location to counteract the propagation of large disturbances. Probably one of the most exciting challenges of the new technology is the design and application of System Integrity Protection Schemes, which can automatically identify upcoming power system instabilities and minimize its effect with switching operations.

A successful novel monitoring, control & protection application requires a carefully designed WAMPAC architecture, including thoroughly considered communication delay time, cyber security and high system reliability including equipment (PMU, PDC) and communication channel health monitoring.

Papers addressing research and development activities on this area, but especially description of practical applications are appreciated.

Topics of Particular interest
The symposium aims to focus on following Wide Area Monitoring, Protection & Control (WAMPAC) topics, including (but not limited to):
  • WAMPAC architecture and concepts:
    • NASPI and NASPInet updates
    • Wide Area Monitoring System Architectures
  • WAMPAC related standards:
    • IEEE and IEC Standards Harmonization
    • IEC 61850-90-5 (Synchrophasors over IEC 61850) developments
    • IEEE C37.118 and its revision
    • PMU-PDC and PDC -PDC communications
    • IEEE 1588 time synchronization and Synchrophasor Applications
    • IEC 61970 & IEC 61968 (CIM)
    • Testing Guide (NASPI and IEEE)
  • Wide Area Monitoring
    • Real time visualization of power systems
    • Design of advanced early warning systems
    • Benchmarking and validation of system models
    • Disturbance propagation monitoring
    • Wide Area Monitoring & Disturbance Recording
    • Inter area oscillation monitoring
    • Voltage Stability Monitoring
  • Power system dynamics & thermal limits monitoring with bulk wind generation
  • Wide area state estimation
    • Integration of PMUs into State Estimation
    • State estimation using information of different control centers
    • Multi-Area state estimation
    • Dynamic state estimation & applications
    • Real-time generation / network / load model & parameter estimation
  • Security Assessment
    • Power System Dynamic Security Assessment
    • Real time congestion management
    • Protection Security Assessment
  • Fault Location using Synchrophasor Information
    • Classification and location of disturbance(s)
    • Settings free algorithms
    • Improved fault analysis
  • Equipment and System Test
    • Test of PMUs and PDCs under dynamic conditions
    • Test of Wide Area Monitoring, Control and Protection systems
    • Application tests
    • Conformance and interoperability tests
  • Wide Area Control
    • Power System Stabilizer optimization using Synchrophasor Information
    • HVDC and FACTS control for system stabilization
    • Wide Area Reactive Power Control
    • Improved control of mixed DC and AC networks
  • Wide Area Protection
    • System Integrity Protection Applications
    • Improved Backup Protection Applications
    • Adaptive Protection Using Synchrophasor Information
    • Intelligent controlled islanding schemes
    • Detection, classification and mitigation of cascading events

Submission Guidelines

Submission deadlines and format requirements are the same for all symposia, see here.
Paper submission needs to be performed through EDAS:

Technical Program Committee (TPC) members

Joerg Blumschein, Siemens AG, Germany
Armando Guzman, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, USA
Michael Hurtgen, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology, USA
Thomas Rudolph, Schneider Electric Energy GmbH, Germany
Jacques Warichet,  ELIA, Belgium
Thomas Werner, Siemens AG, Germany


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