Cired Madrid 2019

The 25th international conference and exhibition on electricity distribution


A series of tutorials will be held on Monday 3 June 2019, prior to the start of the opening forum (09:15 -13:45 hrs, followed by a lunch). Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance.

They are on extra cost (220 € lunch included) and should be booked via the online registration form. If you want to book a tutorial without participating in the conference, it is possible, contact us to receive a dedicated link. 


Tutorial 1 : Methodologies for losses reduction

Aim of the tutorial : 

Expose key points of CIRED WG methodologies for reducing both technical and non-technical losses, including concrete illustrations based on distribution companies experience and reflecting various contexts about losses issues.

Presenters : 

Andreas BEUTEL (Eskom)
Raphael CAIRE (Grenoble INP)
Yann TORAVEL (Enedis)
Massimo ZERBI (Enel)

Detailed description of tutorial 1


Tutorial 2 : Artificial Intelligence in Electricity Distribution Systems

Aim of the tutorial :

Since a few years, Artificial Intelligence (AI), a general concept which studies machines - or agents - being able to think and act in a rational way, is gaining more and more attention in various fields of the everyday life, and electricity distribution systems are no exception. This tutorial intends to give a comprehensive overview of the AI and Machine Learning fields, focusing on their application in electricity distribution systems.

Presenters :

Dr Zacharie De Grève (University of Mons, Electrical Power Engineering Unit)
Prof. Damien Ernst (University of Liège, Montefiore Research Unit)
T. Bibette (DC-Brain, director BeNeLux)

Detailed description of tutorial 2


Tutorial 3 : Primer on Block Chain and its applications in the Distribution Networks

Aim of the tutorial

The aim of this tutorial will be to introduce Blockchain to those who are new to it and then quickly pivot to the application of this technology to the modern utility industry and how this can help in initiating new transformation opportunities or help complete existing initiatives. This tutorial will also seek to bring out the value to all the key stakeholders – the regulator, the policy maker, market, the utility as it seeks new business models to monetize new and existing services and most importantly, the customer/ prosumer.


Anant Venkateswaran (GE’s Grid Solutions business)
Reena Suri, Director, India Smart Grid Forum
Gilles DELEUZE, Senior Researcher, Systems Risk Assessment, EDF R&D

Detailed description of tutorial 3


Tutorial 4 : Optimization in distribution systems operation: how to leverage flexibility and efficiently assess grid impact? New tools and methods

Aim of the tutorial

The purpose of the tutorial is to present state-of-the art tools and methods to tackle issues arising in modern distribution networks, while providing the necessary mathematical background to efficiently exploit these advanced optimization techniques. In this way, AC OPF for the combined optimization of operational planning of distribution network is presented. The focus is then given to methodologies to handle uncertainty at different time horizons (from long-term to near to real-time) with different risk-aversion policies. A general description of different optimization techniques, which are illustrated with relevant power systems-based examples. The final part is devoted to the introduction to game theory with a particular focus on the cooperative aspects between end-users.


Dr Jean-François Toubeau, PhD, University of Mons
Dr Parvathy Chittur Ramaswamy, PhD, Tractebel
Damien Schyns, Tractebel
Martin Hupez, Assistant researcher, University of Mons

Detailed description of tutorial 4


Tutorial 5 : Condition Assessment and Condition Monitor-ing of Power Transformers in Distribution Grids

Aim of the tutorial

Based on the work of A2.49, the methodology of gaining information used to derive transformer indices and their consolidation towards structured decisions will be provided. The tutorial intro-duces a process that can be used to assess a transformer and develop transformer assessment in-dices to suit the needs of the user. In addition, the concept of a scoring matrix will be provided, which can be developed and used to ensure that scores are allocated to each transformer’s failure mode or mechanism being assessed in a consistent way and the timing required for action. As a technical base the failure modes and mechanisms as well as the methods of detecting the failure modes and mechanisms for each subcomponent will be provided. The theoretical work will be complemented with a survey on technologies to test transformers on-site and a real live example of transformer assessments. Finally, the participants can discuss their questions and their experi-ences with the experts.


Uwe Kaltenborn, Director Business Development at HIGHVOLT Prüftechnik Dresden GmbH, Germany
Tara-Lee MacArthur, Substation Design Standards Engineer at Er-gon Energy
Brian Sparling, Senior Technical Advi-sor with Dynamic Ratings Inc.
Mark Foata, Senior Technical Advisor on Asset Management Strat-egies at Reinhausen Group
Alexei Babizki , Portfolio and business development manager at Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH 
Petros Dalamaras, Research Assistant at the Institute of Power System Engineering
Michael Heinz, Senior Principal Expert Distribution Transformers at Siemens

Detailed description of tutorial 5


Tutorial 6 : Control and Automation Systems for Electricity Distribution Networks (EDN) of the future

Aim of the tutorial :

The objective of the tutorial is to present the results from the CIGRE/CIRED C6.25/B5 Joint Working Group (JWG) that has worked on the control and automation systems for the future electric networks with particular reference to the TSO/DSO interface. The main focus is on the evaluation of the level of automation and control necessary to better manage distribution networks with large penetrations of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), as seen from both the TSO and DSO perspectives, and to provide services and information about the two level of management (i.e., at TSO and DSO level).



Prof. Fabrizio Pilo, University of Cagliari (Italy)
J. Taylor, EPRI (USA)
Prof. Federico Silvestro, University of Genova (Italy)
Dr Samuel Jupe, Nortech Management Limited (UK)

Detailed description of tutorial 6


Tutorial 7 : New aspects of earthing system design Optimization by Quantified Risk Analysis

Aim of the tutorial :

The tutorial will introduce and explain the new approach of risk-based earthing system assessment and design. For this reason, the tutorial will highlight the legal requirements, the existing procedures of earthing system design and show the necessary steps and data to apply a risk-based assessment and design. Special attention is given to different methods of neutral grounding in distribution systems and measurements for verification of earthing systems.



Theodor Connor, Siemens (Germany)
Lothart Fickert, TU Graz (Austria)
Stephen Palmer, Safearth (Australia)
David Topolanek, Brno University of technology (Czech Republic)

Detailed description of tutorial 7



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