Important Dates
Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016
Title: Solutions for Understanding and Modelling the Smart Grid
Session type: Invited Industry Session
Date and time: Tuesday, November 29, 14:40 – 16:10
Location: Room 103

This invited industry session, supported by Opal RT Australia, will focus on solutions, implementation, and trials: what kinds of solutions do we need to manage our rapidly changing grid, what are the real implementation challenges, and what is being done right now to solve these problems.

Dr. Asim Ghous, Director
Benoit Marcoux, BDM

Opal-RT Australia
“A Comprehensive Solution for Large Power Hardware-in-the Loop Real-Time Simulator – An Application to a Large Smart Grid”


Dr. Asim Ghous is the Director of Opal-RT Australia. He received his PhD in 2004 at UNSW Sydney Australia in Electrical Engineering. He has been involved in Electrical Systems design and modeling for over 15 years now. His areas of expertise are Real-Time Digital Simulations, Hardware-in-the-Loop Systems and real-time simulators capable of simulating all types of mechanical and electrical systems used in a wide range of industries.

Benoit Marcoux is the Business Development Manager at Opal-RT Australia. He obtained his bachelor degree in engineering in 1994 from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal specializing in power systems. His past experience include 14 years in Hydro-Quebec doing various R&D work related to the power system simulation department. His experience in this field has led him to perform many studies. Benoit now works for OPAL-RT Technologies and is responsible for Asia Pacific.


OPAL-RT offers the most complete, open and high-performance power system real-time simulation solution on the market. Not only does it cover every need for traditional power grid simulation, it also offers an unsurpassed level of scalability to design, simulate and test complex power systems, thanks to a level of integration between products never seen before. The capability of ePOWERgrid products to simulate everything from fast electromagnetic phenomenon to the transient stability of large power systems, allows power system engineers and scientists to optimize the security, efficiency and performance of microgrid, renewable energy sources and large interconnected power grids.

HYPERSIM is the only real-time digital simulator with the power to simulate and analyse very large-scale power systems with more than 2000 three-phase buses. It is used for factory acceptance and system integration testing, as well as for R&D works and commissioning tests. This solution relies on open architecture, high-speed parallel processing and modular scalability to deliver standard real-time simulators designed to meet the evolving needs of the most demanding utilities and manufacturers. Its intuitive and convenient interface allows engineers – within a single day – to create complex power system topologies and tackle operational and reliability issues.

Based on decades of research by Hydro-Quebec on one of the world’s most complex transmission power systems, HYPERSIM is an ever-improving solution with a proven track record.

HYPERSIM is used every day in extremely demanding situations and is constantly updated to increase performance, reliability and ease of use. As a result, it is rapidly becoming the new standard for very large power systems.

In this industry session, we will present Opal-RT Power Grid Simulators with focus on HYPERSIM to construct a Large Smart Grid Application.

MartinSymes Martin Symes
“Realising the value of distributed storage systems through aggregation to create Virtual Power Plants”


Martin is Director of Sales, Australia and New Zealand, for Sunverge Energy. With 15+ years in the utilities sector, Martin has a detailed understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry across retail, distribution and generation.

He has a keen interest in Distributed Energy Resources, the creation of a truly ‘smart’ grid and he is passionate about driving the changes that these new solutions offer.


DER and Smart Grids: realising the value of distributed storage systems through aggregation to create Virtual Power Plants.

Smart, aggregated behind-the-meter battery systems are an essential part of a truly ‘smart’ grid. Benefits include improved costs, economics, efficiency and grid resilience.

In order to realise these benefits across customers, networks and the wholesale market, the key is not the hardware but the creation of a software platform to connect, aggregate and orchestrate a disparate battery fleet, and to integrate it into an increasingly complex energy ecosystem.

Sunverge is at the forefront of this software development and will outline a number of current projects, both locally and overseas, which are helping utilities develop smarter grids.

GiovanniPolizzi Giovanni Polizzi
Indra Australia
“Active Grid monitoring: Open Real-Time interoperability and Edge Computing, to implement real time monitoring and control”

Giovanni Polizzi holds a Master Degree in engineering and a post-graduate diploma in Renewable Energy Technology and another in Processes Innovation. For the past 15 years, Giovanni has been leading several innovative technology projects to support distribution of electricity and gas and power generation, in international energy companies as Enel, Enel Green Power, Cambridge Water and Gas, Endesa, Union fenosa Gas, Gas Natural fenosa, in Europe and in Latin America. He is now responsible for the Energy Market Solutions, Business Development in Indra in Australia.

The recent increasing complexity and size of the Grid are requiring fundamental changes in control methods and tools, for safe operations and to reach new goals. Traditional architectures (SCADA and M2M Platforms), have been able to provide enterprise-wide solutions through expensive and time consuming back-office integration. IoT enables a real-time monitoring & control infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of solutions based on SCADA / M2M technology.

iSPEED and Node#1, are Indra’s solution to implement a real time monitoring and control solution for the MV and LV.

iSPEED is Indra’s real time platform and field message bus, that has been developed on the basic and multipurpose distributed intelligent node, Node#1. iSPEED allows the implementation of edge computing across the medium and low voltage network, through the deployment of intelligent nodes (Node#1) to which the iSPEED’s sw component gives the ability to process data locally, generate alarms and communicate to other similar nodes in a coordinated way.
iSPEED and Node#1 are able to decentralise the intelligence, dramatically reducing reaction times by elaborating simple operations at the edge of the network, centralising other operations in the central component of iSPEED. iSPEED receives inputs from the edge devices, the AMI, the SCADA and other smart grid components, and after elaboration can feed these systems back. Interaction among DERs and the power network is therefore strongly enhanced and supported, and information can flow rapidly both ways giving way to a full smart grid implementation.