Director, Wide-Area Monitoring, Protection and Control, Quanta Technology Expert
“Next Generation Synchrophasor Systems”

About the Speaker

Dr. Yi Hu, Director, Wide-Area Monitoring, Protection and Control, Quanta Technology Expert, has over 30 years of experience working with electric utilities and vendors. He is the leading expert who had led the Wide-Area Monitoring, Protection and Control business since joining Quanta Technology.

He and the Quanta Technology team had supported several large-scale PMU system deployment projects for U.S. and international clients, which includes business case analysis, roadmap development, system architecture design, system component specification, application selection, and procurement / implementation support. Prior to joining Quanta Technology, Dr. Hu was a Principal Consultant of KEMA T&D Consulting in US.

He has also held various senior engineering positions while with TEKELEC, ABB and NARI, and had worked on a diverse range of projects. He has developed a number of concepts and methods to improve power system operation, protection and control, and consulted for many utility and industrial customers. His work had earned him industry recognition and reputation.

He presently holds 13 U.S. and multiple international patents. Yi has published multiple technical papers and articles in Refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings in various areas of power system analysis, protection, automation and control. Dr. Hu is an IEEE fellow who has been actively involved in IEEE PES Power System Relaying & Control (PSRC) and Power System Communications & Cybersecurity (PSCC) committees’ activities.

He currently chairs the PSRC C21 working group leading the development of an “IEEE Guide for Engineering, Implementation, and Management of System Integrity Protection Schemes”, and a PSCC working group developing a “Recommended Mapping Approach Between IEEE Std C37.118.2TM-2011 and IEC 61850 Ed. 2.1” report. Dr. Hu co-authored the NASPI (North American SynchroPhasor Initiative) "PMU System Testing and Calibration Guide" and led the publication of NASPI “Guide for Installation of Multi-Function Phasor Measurement Units”.


President, Quanta Technology
“Next Generation Synchrophasor Systems”

About the Speaker

Damir Novosel is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professors of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

His work in automation and electrical power system wide-area monitoring, protection, and control (including use of synchronized measurement technology) earned him international recognition and was elected IEEE Fellow. Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He is chairing IEEE Industry Technical Support Task Force and served as IEEE Power and Energy Society President (2016-2017) and Vice President of Technical Activities (2011-2012).

He is also a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate award. Damir chaired Performance Requirement Task Team for the North American Synchro Phasor Initiative (NASPI).

He holds 17 US and international patents and published over 160 articles in Transactions, Journals and Proceedings, receiving IEEE PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. Damir holds PhD and MSc, BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar), the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr. Novosel was selected Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

About the Tutorial

In the last decade, the global power industry has witnessed an accelerated adoption and application of the synchrophasor technology. Large numbers of Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) have been installed, synchrophasor-based offline analytic tools have been widely used, many synchrophasorbased wide-area situational awareness systems for control room real-time operation use have been deployed, and several synchrophasor-based wide-area protection and control systems have been put into operation. The technology has also been expanded to distribution system applications in addition to the transmission grid.

However, the continued expansion of the synchrophasor technology applications has shown the limitations of the current generation synchrophasor systems. For all deployed and to be deployed synchrophasor systems, it has become increasingly important to consider the requirements for next generation synchrophasor systems, and plan the system deployment, expansion, upgrade, or replacement accordingly. The next generation synchrophasor systems will play an important role in the successful synchrophasor technology applications and its integration into power system operations, and for realizing a wide range of potential benefits.

operations, and for realizing a wide range of potential benefits. This tutorial will review the successful application of synchrophasor technology to date and the benefits having been achieved, examine the limitations of the current generation synchrophasor systems, discuss the drivers and needs for next generation synchrophasor systems and the main requirements and characteristics of such systems. Several case studies and best practices will be reviewed and discussed.

The tutorial will include the following four parts:

  1. Applications and benefits of synchrophasor technology – An overview of the successful applications of the synchrophasor technology in electric power transmission and distribution systems and the realized benefits to date
  2. Drivers and business needs for next generation synchrophasor systems – An overview of major changes in the global electric power systems, and how these changes are driving the needs and requirements for next generation synchrophasor systems.
  3. Requirements and characteristics of the next generation synchrophasor systems – An overview of the currently deployed synchrophasor systems, and their capabilities / limitations, and a discussion of the key requirements and main characteristics of the next generation synchrophasor systems.
  4. Case studies and best practices – A review of the latest synchrophasor systems deployment case studies with discussions on the best practices in planning and deploying the next generation synchrophasor systems.