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Special Session (SS05): Disaster management and resilience in electric power systems

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
09:00 - 10:40

Theatre A

Organiser(s): Pierluigi Mancarella, The University of Manchester, UK, and The University of Melbourne, Australia; Rodrigo Moreno, Universidad de Chile, Chile, and Imperial College London, UK


Historically, network reliability practices and security standards have considered the occurrence of the so-called credible outages and ignore those rare, originated by low probability but high impact events associated with natural hazards. This panel will present several efforts around the world by both academia and industry that address the occurrence of catastrophic events and their impacts on power networks, attempting to recommend changes in the operational and planning practices to manage and build more resilient electricity grids in the future. Importantly, panelists will show the use of advanced simulation and optimization tools to quantify risks associated with high impact low probability events and recommend both mitigation and adaptation measures to deal with an array of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, storms, etc. There will be also practical presentations based on lessons learnt from actual experiences in countries such as Chile (regarding earthquakes and tsunamis) and UK (regarding extreme weather). This panel session will also present the outputs of the joint UK-Chile project funded by EPSRC and Conicyt under the Newton Fund arrangement.

Presentations and Speakers

1. “Operational and infrastructure multi-phase modelling and metrics to assess power systems resilience to natural hazards” by Mathaios Panteli, The University of Manchester, UK

2. “Lessons from the 2010 Chilean earthquake and its impact on electricity supply” by Hugh Rudnick, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

3. “Review of network security standards in the UK: Security vs Resiliency” by Goran Strbac, Imperial College London, UK

4. “Controlled islanding, microgrids, and smart grid measures to improve resilience” by Nikos Hatziargyriou, NTUA, Athens

5. “Improving power system resiliency through optimization via simulation” by Alejandro Navarro Espinosa, Universidad de Chile, Chile”


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