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Guest lectures by Project Director Søren Damsgaard Mikkelsen and Professor Fabrizio Pilo


01.10.2019 kl. 10.30 - 12.00


There will be two guest lectures on October 1 prior to the PhD defence of Basanta Raj Pokhrel


Integrating Flexibility in Power System Planning


Professor Fabrizio Pilo, University of Cagliari, Italy


10:30 -11:15


As the ongoing transformation of energy systems leads towards a more diverse and dynamic energy landscape, planning future distribution systems that comply with the known objectives (efficiency, reliability, sustainability) becomes more and more complex and challenging. Existing planning principles need to be reviewed and may be adapted to consider the changing landscape and new technologies. In parallel innovative planning tools can utilize the increasing flexibility and digitalization to cope with the planning insecurity and ensure highest efficiency. The tutorial will present some practical applications of innovative planning principles to distribution networks showing the disruptive impact of the most recent EU directives (Clean Energy for All Europeans Package) on system development.

About the lecturer

Fabrizio Pilo is Full Professor of Power Systems at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE) of the University of Cagliari, Head of Department since 2015, member of Academic Senate of the University. He graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cagliari in 1992 (magna cum laude), and since then he has been a research fellow of the Power System Group in the same University. In 1996 he became Assistant Professor at the DIEE, in 2001 became Associate Professor. In 1998 he earned the Ph.D. from the University of Pisa. Fabrizio Pilo has 30 years experience in the field of power distribution planning and development. He has been advisor of the Italian Regulatory Agency with reference to the implementation of Smart Grid in the Italian power system. He also works as consultant for the Italian Government to review and assess R&D projects in the field of power distribution. He is one of the Chairman of the CIRED (Chairman of Session 5, Distribution System Development), Convener of the CIGRE WG C6.19, C6.25, C6.37 and ISGAN Annex 3. He is IEEE Senior Member, CIGRE Distinguished Member and AEIT member. Prof. Pilo is author of more than 150 papers published in international journals or presented in national and international conferences (Scopus H index 27). He is registered professional engineer and consultant.



Viking Link – The longest HVDC cable interconnector in the world


Søren Damsgaard Mikkelsen, Energinet, Project Director, Viking Link


11:15 -12:00


Viking Link is a new HVDC interconnector between Denmark and the United Kingdom build as a joint venture between the Danish TSO Energinet and the British company National Grid. Viking Link is now under construction and will be commissioned in December 2023. When the interconnector is commissioned it will be the longest HVDC cable in the world – and with a capacity of 1400 MW it will also be largest single DC interconnector to be connected to the Danish 400 kV transmission system. This lecture gives a general presentation of the Viking Link project and its main features. This includes a summary of the basic technical requirements for the link, the chosen technical solutions, the main technical challenges, time schedule for the construction works and how the project is organized.   

About the lecturer

Søren Damsgaard Mikkelsen has a M.Sc. and a Ph.D in electrical engineering from Aalborg University. He has been working for the Danish TSO Energinet since 1995 as a specialist on underground and submarine cable systems, head of department for the substation department and since 2009 as a project manager/director on DC interconnector projects. He was project manager during the early feasibility studies for the Cobra Cable (to the Netherlands) and a possible Great Belt 2 connection. He was also the project director for the Skagerrak4 interconnector until it was commissioned in 2015. Since 2013 he has been involved in Viking Link – as technical project manager in the feasibility phase and later on as the project director for Energinet.      

THE guest lectures WILL TAKE PLACE in Pon 101 in room 1.001 and all are welcome.


Department of Energy Technology


Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.001