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Georgia Tech Protective Relay Conference

The 75th Annual Georgia Tech Protective Relaying Conference was held 4-6 May 2022 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, Atlanta, USA. 

This specialized annual event was the first in person event after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that brought together protection and control specialist predominantly from utilities in the Southeast of the country, but also manufacturers, consultants and some academics.

As usual the conference program included presentations of the papers selected by the technical committee mostly in parallel sessions.

The papers were an interesting mix of discussions of traditional protection topics and issues related to the development and implementation of new protection and communication technologies. The impact of inverter based distributed energy resources, the digital transformation of the grid based on IEC 61850, cyber security, protection operation under different conditions, testing and many other were also covered.

The conference lunch on Wednesday was preceded by a Keynote presentation by Dave Howard from the US Department of Energy, Advanced Grid Research and Development Division. Dimitros Lagos from Greece received the 2022 Clayton Griffin Student Paper Award.

As usual, after the end of the paper sessions, the participants in the conference visited the numerous hospitality suites and exhibition areas, where they discussed the latest protection, automation and control devices, systems, and tools. Having both the conference and the hospitality rooms at the same location made it easier for the participants by reducing the time to go from the hotel to the conference, to the exhibitions.

The last session of the conference was Real World Experiences which provided a forum for presenters to share protection related events.