IAS Distinguished lecturer
Critical loads and service continuity
Power systems, critical for the mission of their loads (hospitals, data centers) and/or equalized to mission critical for the vulnerability of their supplying network, need a “partition system”, local fortified structure, interface between network and utilization, designed as a service continuity “castle” and managed to guarantee an adequate response to every emergency. This operational management must ensure the efficacy of the partition system in maintaining dependability and functional safety against the loss service continuity during fault events, maintenance demands and emergencies for external stresses. The system structure design can apply a “Darwinian” approach aimed to mitigate also the external stresses and service losses against expected dangerous events such as earthquake, fire and other events that can cause long blackouts from the main network. Preventive measures to reduce the earthquake consequences, predictable in that location, are based on the principles of controlling and mitigating the seismic stresses. A special power distribution, herein defined as “brush distribution” are proposed for critical buildings exposed to seismic risks and for road tunnels with higher risk in case of fire event. The design of a power system requires a comprehensive and permanent design and highest consideration of competence of system maintenance operators.
The Chair is committed to create an easy-to-follow schedule that is professionally remarkable, exciting, and would also leave you some time for making long-term connections.
The preliminary schedule is available HERE.
We are pleased to announce the Technical Tour which will drive us to the Krško Nuclear Power Plant (NEK) which is located in Vrbina in the Municipality of Krško, Slovenia. The plant was connected to the power grid on October 2, 1981 and went into commercial operation on January 15, 1983. It was built as a joint venture by Slovenia and Croatia which were at the time both part of Yugoslavia. NEK is equipped with a Westinghouse Pressurized Light Water Reactor of 2000 MW thermal power. The power plant's net electrical power is 696 MW. It is connected to the 400 kV grid supplying power to consumer centers in Slovenia and Croatia. NEK generates over five billion (10^9) kWh of electrical energy per year, which represents approximately 40% of the total electricity produced in Slovenia and 15% of Croatia's power production. The tour of NEK will include movie presentation of the plant, presentation and discussion with the representative of NEK and a guided tour of the classical – nonnuclear part of the plant. The tour will take around 3 hours.
Later on we will continue our tour to the Hydro plant Vrhovo which is 40 mins away from Krško. Hydro plant Vrhovo is situated on the river Sava. The hydro plant operates in a daily flow regime with accumulation, which has the role of a front basin for the Sava chain of hydro plants. The concrete gravity dam is 27 m high. The plant’s electrical power is around 34 MW. On average, it generates around 116 GWh on a yearly basis. The tour will take around 1.5 hours.
In the energy sector, the life-time of the equipments and power plants we design is about 40-60 years. Nowadays the generation YZ is used to change their job in every few years. During the workshop we are looking the answer to the question "What kind of challenges young professionals may face in the energy industry?"
Those of you who have already been to one of the IYCEs, know that one key specialty of our conference is that aside from keeping the professional standards high, we lay great emphasis on making these few days memorable on a social level as well.
Brace yourselves for 2019, because we are preparing some awesome and “electrifying” social events, in order to offer you opportunities to connect with likeminded people, and at last, but not least - to feel yourselves great!