Power & Energy Innovation Forum - 2017

Power Industry Innovations in Alberta

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
8:00am - 4:30pm

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

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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, EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc
-Suresh Sharma, APIC chair, Director of Transmission

8:45 - 9:30

The Future of System Operation and Reliability in Alberta With Distributed Energy Resources, AESO
-John Kehler, Senior Technical Advisor

9:30 - 10:15

First Applications in Altalink's Power Grid, AltaLink
-Colin Clark, Principle Engineer, Substation Major Equipment & FACTS
-Roggero Ciofani, Substation Engineer

10:15 - 10:30

Coffee Break and Poster Session

10:30 - 11:15

Experiences on the Application of PV Technology for Remote Telecomm Sites, ATCO Electric
-Brian Krest, Manager, TCM & Telecom Engineering
-Matthew Wright, Senior Engineer, Telecommunications Engineering

11:15 - 12:00

Implementing IEC 61850 in a Brownfield Application, Epcor
-Curtis Ruff, Transmission Engineer

12:00 - 1:15

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

1:15 - 2:15

Keynote: Creating Innovations in the Utility Industry, ATCO Electricity Global Business
-François Blouin, Director Innovation


Using Technology to Improve Safety, Enmax
-Tracy Spratt, Manager, Substation Engineering

3:00 - 3:30

Coffee Break and Poster Session

3:30 - 4:15

FortisAlberta’s SCADA Fault Indicator Project, FortisAlberta
- Hala Srour, SCADA Engineer

4:15 - 4:30

Closing Remarks
-Suresh Sharma, APIC Chair

Sample posters showing U of A research work

  • Impact of R/X ratio on voltage control and its implications
  • Overvoltage issues caused by DG in primary distribution systems
  • Overvoltage issues caused by MG in secondary distribution systems
  • Voltage induction on pipelines caused by harmonic currents
  • Methods to mitigate induced voltages on pipelines
  • A resonance-free filter for HVDC and SVC devices
  • Demonstration of contactless current sensors
  • Demonstration of PSS/E based frequency scan tool
  • Estimation of VVO benefits using smart meter data
  • Data-driven volt-var optimization for distribution systems
  • Measurement of line parameters for parallel lines
  • High-frequency network model for external systems
  • A new method to determine the impact of multiple harmonic sources
  • Equivalent loading indices for generators under harmonic conditions
  • A novel sensor for 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
D11-203 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
Office: 780.492.7576
(This forum is an event by invitation only)

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