Power & Energy Innovation Forum - 2016

Modernizing Alberta's Electric Grid - Addressing Tomorrow's Challenges

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
8:00am - 4:30pm

University of Alberta, ETLC Building - Solarium (2nd floor)
9107 - 116 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Download Forum Materials

The presentation materials of this year's Innovation Forum are available to attendees through this link. All registered attendees have received a password to access the downloads (Refer to Handouts).

Forum objectives:

  • Promoting technical innovation and exchange among Alberta power companies and the University of Alberta
  • Sharing Alberta experience on power system developments
  • Reporting power & energy research activities at the U of A
  • Providing opportunities for professional development

Agenda and Activities:


Activities & Speakers

8:00 - 8:30

Breakfast, Registration and Poster Session

8:30 - 8:45

Welcome and Opening Remarks
-Daniel Wong, APIC Chair, Senior Specialist, Protection & Control, AltaLink

8:45 - 9:30

NERC-CIP Compliance Ready Distribution Systems, ATCO Electric
-Ken Anderson, Consultant for ATCO Electric

9:30 - 10:15

Grid Modernization at ENMAX, ENMAX
-Dean Craig, Manager, Grid Modernization

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break and Poster Session

10:30 - 11:15

Road Map to Grid Modernization, EPCOR
-Chris Chapelsky, System Control Engineer

11:15 - 12:00

Grid Modernization Vision, FortisAlberta
-Kevin van Popta, Sr Engineer, Standards & Projects, Distribution Projects North

12:00 - 1:15

Lunch and Poster Session. U of A researchers will present research work in posters and demonstrations

1:15 - 2:15

Invited Talk: Energy Storage Technologies for Utility Industry, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), United States
-Haresh Kamath, Program Manager, Energy Storage and Distributed Generation, EPRI


Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Power Industry
- Randy Kimura, Principal Engineer, SCADA, Asset Management

3:00 - 3:30

Coffee Break and Poster Session

3:30 - 4:15

The Application of Power Electronics the Alberta Grid, ATCO Electric
- Peter Kuffel, Manager, HVDC & Facts Engineering

4:15 - 4:30

Closing Remarks and Acknowledgement
-Daniel Wong, APIC Chair

  • Forum Program Package will become available for download here.

Sample posters showing U of A research work

  • Inductive coordination of pipelines and distribution lines
  • Methods to mitigate induced voltages on pipelines
  • Design of resonance-free shunt capacitors
  • Damped high pass filter for HVDC and drives
  • Interharmonics from variable frequency drives
  • Harmonic distortion characteristics of modern residential feeders
  • PSS/E based frequency scan tool
  • Equipment condition monitoring using disturbance data analytics
  • Contact-less current sensors
  • Contact-less voltage sensor for voltage distortion measurement
  • Contact-less voltage sensor based islanding detection scheme
  • Measurement determination of equivalent network models
  • Novel frequency-charger and AC/AC converter
  • Novel methods to synchronize islanded systems
  • Non-intrusive energy use monitoring

Posters of APIC Engineers-in-Training

Several EITs of the APIC companies will present their innovative project works through posters. This is a great opportunity for EITs to share their experiences and to establish connections with peers in Alberta.


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For more information, please contact:
Lynn Vogelesang
W2-039 Electrical & Computer Engineering Research Faciilty (ECERF)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2V4
Office: 780.492.7576
(This forum is an event by invitation only)

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