Webinar | Microgrid Controller Testing for African Challenges

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Microgrid Controller Testing

for African Challenges

January 31th, 2019 | 10AM-12PM GMT+2

WEBINAR | Microgrid Controller Testing for African Challenges

In today’s power grid, alternative power sources such as wind, solar, and storage power are rapidly becoming viable substitutes for more traditional energy production methods. These innovations have created the very real possibility of operating on a fully autonomous islanded grid, and are increasing the popularity of microgrids (small-scale power grids capable of operating independently from the main grid).

In this webinar, discover what real-time digital simulation is and what different types exist.  Our webinar will feature presentations and live-streaming of an on-site event at South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), in South Africa.  Also, we are thrilled to welcome our special guest from The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), that will present the development of a microgrid controller and modeling photovoltaic-based generation using real-time simulation.

Do you want to attend the event in person?
Only 60 seats available! Reserve your seat now and remember it's free. 
Date and Time: Thursday, January 31th | 10AM–12PM GMT+2
Location: SAIEE, 18A Gill St, Observatory, Johannesburg, 2198, South Africa | Room: Council Chamber


Etienne Jeanpierre
Field Application Engineer

Graduated from ISEN Engineer School in Toulon, France in 2011, he did 1 year of study in Japan at Osaka Electro-Communication University on OPAL-RT's Real Time Simulator. Then he worked for NEAT, the distributor of OPAL-RT in Japan during 6 years and started to work at OPAL-RT Europe in 2018.

Presentation Abstract:
Real-time simulators for development, validation and systems testing - Nowadays, power systems, microgrids and power electronics systems are becoming more and more complex with devices using different technologies working together. This diversity may lead to increased delays, cost and risks. To prevent this, more and more companies and universities perform real-time simulations of their system before manufacturing it or doing tests on the field. This allows a better assessment of the system under test and a progressive validation of the concepts.

Mluleki Hlatshwayo
Principal Engineer
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Mr. Mluleki Hlatshwayo is the Principal Engineer in microgrids at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). His research interests are on microgrids, distributed generation, power systems, and real-time digital simulations.

Prior joining the CSIR, Mluleki was an executive manager for transformer technology at Actom, he was based at LHM in Johannesburg.  Before Actom, Mr. Hlatshwayo had an illustrious career that spanned over close to 9 years with Powertech Transformers, having been the head of the Technology Centre and executive manager for 2 years.

Mluleki Hlatshwayo is a registered professional engineer (Pr Eng), received his BSc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He completed his MSc. degree in electrical engineering with the University of the Witwatersrand, obtained with distinction. He further completed his MEng in Technology Management at the University of Pretoria with interest in research and development management in the manufacturing sector. Mr. Hlatshwayo is pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, his research focus is on power systems, microgrids, and distributed generation. He is a member of multiple engineering associations, which include SAIEE, Cigre, and IEEE. He is the serving chairperson of SAIEE Power and Energy Section

Presentation Abstract:
Modeling of photovoltaic based generation using real-time simulations  - Real-time digital simulation allows for the representation of the operation or features of a system through the use or operation of another, giving exponential advantages. The experiences in modeling the PV generation plants will be shared, studies of the existing network were distributed generation is integrated. I will also share our plans for power hardware in the loop testing in establishing a fully-fledged real-time digital simulation laboratory.