120+ Utility professionals come together in Düsseldorf to review successes and lessons learnt in the implementation of next generation digital substation technology
26 Feb 2018

IntelliSub Europe 2018, 10-12 April 2018, Düsseldorf - 120+ utility professionals come together in Düsseldorf to review successes and lessons learnt in the implementation of next generation digital substation technology


A recent survey conducted by Phoenix Forums reveals that many European utilities are currently preparing to make significant investment in next generation digital substation technologies. But with a plethora of products on the market promising simplified yet flexible system architectures, advanced smart grid functionalities, and robust cyber security capabilities, selecting the right solution to meet immediate grid development needs as well as long term lifecycle objectives is no easy task.


“Most utilities are focused on efficiency right now, both in terms of cost and the implementation process” says Mandana White, Director at Phoenix Forums, organisers of IntelliSub Europe 2018. “Many existing substations are in urgent need of refurbishment and expansion to support more rapid renewables integration among other priorities. Next generation digital substation systems promise speedy implementation, greater visibility of the end to end grid, better real-time control functionality, higher volume data processing capability, and robust cyber-security. The utilities we have spoken to are compelled by these offerings and are ready to fully investigate the potential of these new systems.”


And it was with this in mind that Phoenix Forums has re-launched IntelliSub Europe 2018, a 3-day conference, exhibition and networking forum that enables TSOs and DSOs to fully assess the potential of digital substation systems for their specific grid environment.


The main conference takes place on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th April 2018, and focuses on the investment drivers, system architectures, functionalities, implementation, operation and maintenance considerations, in the context of the evolving IoT landscape, cloud based services, and self-learning self-healing technologies. It provides a great opportunity for substation asset management, engineering, operations & maintenance, and R&D colleagues to come together and assess the potential of these new systems both from an investment and technical implementation perspective.


The third day, Thursday 12th April 2018, deep-dives into the cyber-physical security considerations for next generation digital substations, and uncovers advanced prevention, detection, response and recovery strategies to better protect substations and related assets. This separately bookable day enables IT and OT colleagues to come together on a shared knowledge platform and exchange ideas and expertise to more rapidly drive their cyber-physical security strategies to the next level.


Anne van der Molen, Expert, Asset Management, Grid Strategy at Stedin who contributed to the programme research explains: “We have many automated substations but not all have been digitised with the latest generation equipment. As older equipment is reaching end of life, a lot of refurbishment is going on in our company right now. A dedicated conference on digital substations will help us fully consider the rationale for substation digitisation, allowing us to better establish the business needs and requirements before making our investment decisions but also to find ways to reduce cost and improve efficiency in projects and substation maintenance.” 


Michael Knuchel, Project Manager, SAS at Swissgrid says: “We are in dire need of replacing our substations, all of which are already automated. We need to know what new technology developments and product offerings there are, so we can create a system model that can be rolled out in high volume, 15 substations at a time.” 


Bastian Fischer, CEO of Locamation, a leading provider of next generation digital substation systems says: “Only a few utilities have embraced a comprehensive digital architecture so far, where the substation is fully software defined, fully configurable and data-rich by design. Utilities are looking for simplification, longer life cycles, lower cost, and reliability, but also for actionable insights and continuously improving assets. We believe we have a solution that meets today’s requirements and tomorrow’s innovations, and we look forward to sharing our approach with them at IntelliSub Europe 2018”.



Event dates and location:

Conference: 10th to 11th April 2018

Cyber-Security Workshop: 12th April 2018
Location: Düsseldorf

Event website: www.intellisub-europe.com 


For more information, interview and media accreditation:

Mandana White, Director - Phoenix Forums Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 8349 6360 
Email: mandana@phoenix-forums.com