• International Conference on

    Electrical Engineering Research and Practice, Sydney, Australia
    iCEERP, 24-28 Nov, 2019

Keynote Speakers

Power System Planning: The Art of Raising a Phoenix

Abstract: Power systems have been in existence over 130 years and served the society well, along the way, making it an essential service, often provided by monopoly service providers. Its technical form has evolved over the years, mainly addressing the need to interconnect and stably operate large synchronous generating units which are often geographically dispersed and located away from the load centres. Power Systems are also supported by necessary and well-established planning practices, operational procedures, and governing rules.
However, the norms and ethos of this well-developed system are now being challenged by the new technological developments. Different forms of energy sources and energy uses are being created, moving us away from the familiar form of the power system that has served our societies well over a century. No doubt, the future state of the power system, when we reach there would be a happy place to live and enjoy. However, the transition will be difficult, and paths are not well charted. This keynote presentation will explore how well we can manage the transition, balancing the cost of transition, the robustness of the power supply, and the potential environmental impacts.

Short Biography: Dr Nalin Pahalawaththa graduated with a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa. He obtained postgraduate degrees PhD from University of Calgary, Canada, in 1990 and MBA from Massey University, New Zealand, in 2003.
Nalin is currently the Senior Technical Director - Power Systems at GHD Pty Ltd. From 2012 � 2016, in the capacity of manager, power system analysis at TransGrid, Nalin was responsible for the operational, medium, and long term planning of the NSW high voltage transmission network. Before joining TransGrid in 2012, Nalin held senior planning roles with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Transpower New Zealand Ltd. From 1990 � 2000 he was an associate professor at the University of Auckland and was the leader of the power systems research group.
Nalin is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and he has been an active member of several professional organisations and industry working groups. In 2012, Nalin received the Cigre Technical Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to HVDC and Power Electronics. He recently convened the Cigre Working Group on Connection of Wind Farms to Weak AC Networks. He has authored more than 100 technical publications.