The Smart Grid describes a next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery, and consumption of electrical energy worldwide.
IEEE Smart Grid hosts a series of complimentary webinars on varying aspects of grid modernization globally.

Big Data Applications in Smart Grids: Benefits and Challenges
Presented by: Mladen Kezunovic, Regents Professor, Director Smart Grid Center - Texas A&M University

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

The issue of Big Data (BD) was introduced relatively recently as the enormous amounts of data became available through the space exploration, weather forecasting and medical biogenetic investigations. Social media and outlets such as Google, YouTube, Facebook and others have also faced similar problems of handling huge data sets. The focus of this webinar is on different BD sources in the utility industry that range from field measurements obtained by substation/feeder intelligent electronic devices, to specialized commercial and/or government/state databases: weather data of different types, lightning detection data, seismic data, fire detection data, electricity market data, vegetation and soil data, etc. Due to the massive amount of such data (terabytes) available in real time, and through historical records, processing and management of such data requires revisiting data analytics used in the BD industries such as banking, insurance and health care. This webinar will point out the BD characteristics in the power industry where the temporal and spatial properties, as well as correlation to the power system and component models are necessary for an efficient data uses..
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Fxinancial Transmission and Storage Rights
Presented by: Josh Taylor, Assistant Professor - University of Toronto

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

The intermittency of wind and solar power make it difficult to balance the supply of and demand for electric power. Energy storage and flexible load aggregations can solve this problem by storing power in times of surplus and releasing power during deficits. Presently, high costs and technical complexity hinder the use of storage and load flexibility in power systems. In this webinar, we present the financial storage right, a new market mechanism that enables storage to participate in electricity markets in the same manner as transmission lines, and further enables risk-averse market participants to hedge against price volatility due to congestion.
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SMART Power Flow Controllers for Smart Grid Applications
Presented by: Kalyan K. Sen, Chief Technology Officer - Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc.

Friday, August 4, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Increasing transmission capacity is essential to meet an increased demand of electricity, integration of renewable generation and so on. The power industry’s pressing need for the most economical ways to transfer bulk power along a desired path may be met by building new transmission lines, which is a long and costly process. Alternately, it may be quicker and cheaper to increase the available transfer capacity of the existing transmission lines with a power flow controller.
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HVDC … Intelligent Transmission
Presented by: Neil Kirby, Business Development Manager – HVDC GE Grid Solutions

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:00pm ET

Creating smarter, more resilient power networks requires the introduction of technologies that can efficiently and reliably transfer large amounts of power over long distances, can adapt to changing conditions, especially with the increasing variability with increasing use of renewable generation sources. This requires management of power flows, stabilizing of voltage and frequency, and making informed decisions in response to normal switching or fault events. High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) brings intelligence into the power transmission systems which it interconnects, through its’ ability to accurately and quickly manage power flows between networks through a variety of control methods, and a range of additional automated response strategies to network events. The webinar will introduce the main features of the latest ranges of thyristor-based and IGBT-based HVDC technologies available today, with descriptions of how they bring significant benefit to AC networks, and a look at how they will be used in the future.
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