Protection Conference 2007, New Delhi, India

The conference provided an environment for sharing ideas and experience.

The Central Board of Irrigation & Power organized the 4th international conference on "Power System Protection and Automation" that was held at Hotel Le-Meridien in New Delhi, 21-22 November 2007.

New Delhi is currently the capital of India. Most of the city was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, considered by some as the greatest British architect.

The aim of the conference was to provide the participants excellent opportunities to share knowledge, experience and new ideas in the areas of power system protection and automation and to discuss their implementation and applications to the existing and future power systems.

Approximately three hundred protection and control professionals from different countries attended the conference. They had varying interests on the discussed subjects - senior officers of power utilities, planning specialist and consultants, manufacturers and researchers.

The conference inaugural address "Trends in Protection and Substation Automation Systems: Integration, Standardization, Information Technology" was delivered by Ivan De Mesmaeker (Switzerland), Chairman of CIGRE-SC-B5 "Protection and Automation".

Internationally recognized experts from around the world presented the 36 papers selected by the technical committee during 7 sessions. Two sessions were dedicated to protection and monitoring of main plants and transmission circuits. Another two covered monitoring, metering, recording and overall power system protection. The remaining three covered:

  • Substation automation, remote control and novel sensors
  • Case studies
  • Maintenance, training, asset and information management

Several manufacturers used a small exhibition area to demonstrate their latest devices and engineering tools. The interesting discussions between authors and attendees during the sessions and the breaks showed the importance of information and experience exchange that such forums offer.

It was clear that IEC 61850 - the new international standard for substation communications, is gaining momentum and is going to shape the future of the protection and control industry not only in India, but in many other countries around the world.

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