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Discussing HVDC Trends at Electrical Engineering Conference in San Diego

Posted on 08/7/2012 by Dr. Wayne Galli,P.E.

Deral Danis and I attended the 2012 IEEE PES (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society) General Meeting in San Diego, CA.  The conference was attended by over 3,000 industry and academic professionals from around the world and always provides a great venue for interacting various utility engineers and executives as well as a chance to see where the latest and greatest research is headed.  The conference also features a fairly intensive student program for graduate and undergraduate engineering students to attract interest to the power and energy engineering field.

The IEEE PES has several working groups and committees that are focused on HVDC technology as well as on integrating renewable power.  The former has not been as active as one would expect over the last few years, but it was clear at this meeting there was a renewed interest in HVDC among the committees, working groups, and associated task forces, and  increased focus on the application of HVDC in today’s paradigm in the United States.  It seemed to me that the IEEE, while international in nature, is lagging behind some European technical groups on development of standards and guides in this area; however, I have no doubt that as efforts escalate with this renewed interest much will be accomplished.

Deral and I participated in the Student/Faculty/Industry luncheon and job fair; Clean Line sponsored a table at the luncheon which allowed us to enjoy a nice meal and program with about ten students.  The luncheon and job fair was a pleasant touch for the student program and allowed students face to face contact with industry professionals and gave the students an opportunity to pitch themselves for jobs and internships. This provided us a great opportunity to tell the Clean Line story to rising seniors, masters and doctoral candidates.

In addition to the PES general meeting, the USNC (U.S. National Conference) of Cigre (International Congress on Large Electric Systems) held its annual business meeting on Monday of the conference.  Clean Line has a “member-at-large” position on the USNC’s executive council.  Several service awards were presented and annual updates were given.  The success of the HVDC symposium that was held by the USNC back in March was discussed in detail at the executive council meeting and the bulk of the agenda focused on the forthcoming Grid of the Future Symposium that will be held in late October (there is still time to submit papers!).