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Power Systems Resilience: RSE’s research gains international resonance

Power Systems Resilience: RSE’s research gains international resonance

RSE’s research into power systems earned appreciation at a number of international meetings discussing the complex issued linked to interconnected power systems and the need to innovate to mitigate criticalities

Over the last two to three years, thanks also to the contribution of RSE, in our country the awareness and the attention to power system’s resilience raised noticeably.

In light of the consequences of widespread extreme weather events of unexpected severity and frequency, RSE is strongly engaged by institutions in close cooperation with power systems operators to handle the impact of said events and is carrying on several research activities on power systems’ resilience.

The issue of severe weather phenomena is not limited to our Country, as it directly affects the power systems of all the most advanced economies of the world, and not only them. Comparing international experiences, exchanging information on the topic and enhancing dissemination is, therefore, of strategic importance.

RSE presented its work at several high-profile symposia, raising great interest followed by many contact requests.

At the Power Systems Computation Conference in Dublin (June 11-15) RSE - in cooperation with TERNA - presented its work on the consequences on the Italian power systems of formation and accretion of wet-snow sleeves on conductors, including an investigation into possible mitigation methods, both passive (conductor coatings) and active (re-dispatching). RSE also presented an active mitigation solution based on re-dispatching to soften the impact of ice sleeves formation on power systems operation.

In cooperation with Genoa University, RSE introduced as well an innovative technique to apply methodologies for probabilistic uncertainty assessment to real-world networks.

At another milestone event, the PMAPS 2018 (Probabilistic Methods: Practical Approaches for Managing Risk and Uncertainty in the Electric Power Industry) held in Boise (Idaho – USA) from June 24 to June 28, RSE tackled the issue of contingency and uncertainty forecasting with regard to power systems’ status. The latter contribution revolved around the incorporation into the network code of French grid operator RTE of the calculation instruments developed under the I-Tesla European project. The same event included a presentation of the results achieved by the IEEE study group on the cascading process and the subsequent effects that may lead to a  blackout. RSE took part in the benchmark session outlining its own original methodology.

During the general meeting of IEEE – PES (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - Power & Energy Society) held in Portland (Oregon-USA) RSE presented its work on the possibility of handling distributed load to enable grid frequency adjustment.

In its role as National Member, RSE made a decisive contribution to the setting up and launch of the CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) Working Group WG C4.47, within the framework of which several representatives of the world of industry and research will investigate in-depth into several aspects of resilience. The C4.47 WG also started publishing a series of Technical Brochures.

RSE’s research into power systems, therefore, maintains its strong scientific reputation, which makes it one of the cutting-edge global centres capable of providing solutions to complex problems affecting interconnected power systems as well as of handling critical issues.