List of reports` topics at the VII International Scientific and Technology Conference "Development and Reliability Improvement of Distribution Networks"

The topics’ list was formed, among other things, taking into account the requests and expectations of previous conferences participants to cover the practical side of the innovative technologies and solutions application.

  1. Strategic Issues of the Power Distribution Networks Development
  • Current, mid-range and long-term objectives for electrical networks operation and development in accordance with the Strategy for Development of the Integrated Power Grid of the Russian Federation and the Energy Strategy of the Russian Federation to 2035, as approved by the Russian Federation Government orders.
  • Ensuring the reliability and long service life of power grid facilities operated by 6-10-20-35 kV electrical networks.
  • Development of 10-20-35 kV electrical networks.
  • Ensuring and improving the level of services reliability and quality provided by grid operators.
  • Expanding communication in power distribution networks.
  • Burning issues of cybersecurity.
  • Network growth vectors in Russia and abroad: joint tasks, major differences, experience exchange opportunities.
  • Interaction of Russian and foreign organizations in the CIRED international format.
  1. Improving the Reliability and Efficiency of Power Distribution Networks
  • Advanced schemes for the power distribution networks' topology, taking into account the development of active consumers and distributed generation connection.
  • Estimating the service life of equipment and power lines.
  • Observability improvement and remote control of power distribution networks development.
  • Enhancement of a remote-control system for power distribution networks.
  • Development of intelligent technologies and facilities for monitoring the equipment condition in electrical networks.
  • Areas of focus to form the repair and investment programs when implementing risk-oriented management of electric grid assets.
  • Algorithms and analytic systems (including those using neural network technology) to identify network bottlenecks and to develop optimal techniques.
  • Experience of automatic voltage control in electrical networks. High technologies.
  • Fault localization in electrical networks: fault localization devices choice and effective installation for networks of different topology, the order of personnel actions when searching for technological disturbances location and damage limitation.
  • Organizational arrangements and technical measures to reduce the number of outages and the duration of interruptions in power supply (Saidi, Saifi).
  • Opportunities and practices of creating active energy complexes (AEC).
  • Innovative algorithms of relay protection for electrical networks with distributed architecture.
  • Virtual power plants' application for network modes optimization.
  • Quantity calculation and optimal locations selection for fast, energy-intensive charging stations for electric cars, taking into account the opportunities for distribution power grid infrastructure development; interaction with the road infrastructure owners.
  1. Unconventional Approaches Using New Technologies (Experience of Electric Grid Companies)
  • Overhead lines' construction through forested areas (including parks and nature reserves) minimalizing deforestation. Ensuring and improving the design reliability and maintainability of such overhead lines during new construction, reconstruction and modernization.
  • Construction and modernization of electric grid facilities in confined spaces.
  • Experience in implementing innovative equipment in power distribution networks.
  • Redundancy of power supply to 6-20 kV network consumers using redundant power supply connected through one or more transformer substations.
  • Construction technologies and techniques of temporary and service lines (faster, cheaper).
  • Comparison of ways to upgrade the power supply: network reinforcement or boosters?
  • Current requirements for schemes and functionality of transformer substations (TS). Issues of hybrid substations creation and application (storage systems, charging of electric cars, connection of small generation).
  • Mobile emergency reserve, telecommunications and communications during the recovery work at large-scale technological disturbances.
  • Effective range and prospects for the use of UAV and robots to maintain the networks.
  • New lightning protection technologies for overhead transmission lines.
  • The advantages of cable lines with integrated optical fibers. Practical application.
  • Self-restoring power lines.
  • Innovative bird protection devices.
  • Identification of unauthorized mining farms using smart electricity metering system data.
  • Digital 6-10-20-35 kV current transformers
  1. Optimization Performance and Staff Safety
  • Application of augmented reality technologies and VR simulators for production personnel training and advanced training in electric grid companies.
  • Using neural networks to analyze video recordings of work authorization and personnel surveillance data to detect and to recover the particular error cases.
  • Minimization of functional duties assigned to an employee without increasing the total number of stuff (labor optimization).
  • Standard number of employees in distribution companies.
  • Organization structure unification in distribution companies.
  1. Client Service Development, Customer Affairs
  • Comprehensive solutions for customers: balance between tariff solutions and non-tariff services for mutual benefit.
  • Development of methods and technical means for intelligent control of electrical energy use.
  • Search and methods of influence on customers allowing significant deviations from the agreed parameters of power supply.
  • Digital services for real-time interaction with customers, informing about events.
  • Ensuring and improving the level of reliability and quality of services provided by grid operators.
  • A smart balance of technical support service and provision of additional non-tariff services. Risks and opportunities.
  • Development of additional non-tariff services: platform services.