Topic: New Technologies for Intelligent Transmission Networks
Abstract: The concept of smart grids tends to be preferentially associated to distribution networks rather than to the transmission grid. In fact, the next years will bring to a massive introduction of distributed generation and this will entail the need of integrating intelligence into the system and of introducing more flexible management schemes. Moreover, active distribution networks could provide services to the system. However, the transmission grid, yet already operated in an “intelligent” and flexible way, is now more and more stressed by a series of factors that prompt for a even more flexible management of it (integration of very large amounts of variable RES, aging of the present transmission grid, difficulties to get consensus for building new overhead lines, liberalized market and cross-border power exchanges rising uncertainties and congestion problems). New technologies may provide a help in coping with these challenges. Aim of this session is to provide a glimpse of some interesting technological solutions that could be successfully implemented in the transmission networks for the next years: storage technologies, coordinated usage of WAMS, HVDC and FACTS and thermally monitored cable systems.
Program of the session:
- Gianluigi Migliavacca (RSE): Introduction on “smart” transmission networks
- Luigi De Barberis (EC JRC): storage technologies : state of the art and future perspectives
- Ulf Häger (TU Dortmund): Improving network controllability by coordinated use of WAMS, HVDC and FACTS
- Roberto Gaspari: Smart cables and RTTR systems
Affiliation: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE S.p.A.| Head of the Transmission Network Planning Research Group
Biography: Gianluigi Migliavacca graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1991 and joined the Automation Research Center of ENEL in 1994, working on mathematical modeling and dynamic simulation of thermal power plants. In 2000 he joined CESI and then CESI Ricerca (now: RSE), where is head of the Transmission Network Planning research group.
He carries out research on mathematical modeling and regulatory issues concerning deregulated electricity markets, cross border trade issues and transmission planning.
During 2005 he was consultant at the Italian Regulator about the development of a common energy market in South-East Europe and about congestion management in Central-South Europe.
He is member of the technical committee TC 6.3. Power Plants and Power Systems of IFAC, member of the Technical Committee of the International conference on the European Electricity Market, participates in CIGRE working groups and acts as reviewer of important technical magazines.
He has been the coordinator of the European FP7 research project REALISEGRID.
Address: Milano, Italy