Opportunities and Challenges of Integration of RE in Grids

The latest installment of IEEE’s R10 TENTALK

IEEE Region 10 in this Global pandemic time started a series of webinars under the tittle “R10 TENTALK”
where speakers from various countries contributed their role as distinguish speakers on various topics.

On 26th April 2021, a webinar as a part of R10 TENTALK titled” Opportunities and Challenges Integration of RE in Grids” was held in which 2 speakers, Engr. Tahir Saleem Shaikh CEO United Engineering Services a Pioneer consultancy firm in  Karachi Pakistan  and Prof. Cornelis (Keith) Kikkert, Adjunct Professor, James Cook University, Adelaid, Australia was invited to deliver a talk on “ Power Quality Issue and Smooth Operation of grid” and “Electric energy transformation” respectively.

Engr. Tahir Saleem started his talk with an introduction to Power Quality, secondly, he mentioned the causes and effects of poor Power Quality on Power system specially on sensitive equipment/operations, the sources of harmonics and optimum solutions to overcome such issues. He also included IEEE Standards which are related Power Quality.

Eng. Tahir Saleem said that” The consequences of poor power quality can be catastrophic, leading to economic losses or at least life cycle damage. The methods for getting best power quality are implemented separately for each cause of bad power quality, like separate power supply/feeder for harmonics producing loads, surge/dip absorbers for voltage surges, the issue of poor Power Quality must be addressed with seriousness otherwise it can take the components on risk and will cause severe malfunction in the operation.

Prof. Cornelis (Keith) Kikkert has talked about Renewable Energy resources, their optimization cost of implementation, etc. he mentioned about the importance of PV system especially residential PV system. He took the case study of south Australia and continued his talk with data taken from different private and public agency regarding renewables.

Prof. Cornelis (Keith) Kikkert said” South Australia is at present having greater than 50% renewable energy and has had some days with 100% of power being supplied by rooftop PV and others when 100% has been supplied by wind. The SA system has kept stability even with major interstate connectors failing or major switchyard fires occurring or when those transmission lines are out of service due to maintenance.

More than 70 people including students, professionals, etc. from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, japan  etc. attended this webinar.

At the end, Dr Nirmal Nair (Executive Committee member IEEE Region 10) the Chief Guest thanked both speakers and participants for making this webinar successful.