Date11-15 November 2018
Venue: Hyatt Regency Tsim Shatsui, Hong Kong
Conference Theme:Future Grid: The Reality, Challenges and Opportunities


Time 8 Nov (Sun)  9 Nov (Mon)  10 Nov (Tue)  11 Nov (Wed)  12 Nov (Thu) 
0845-0900    Opening Session
Welcome Address by Ir T K Chiang, Conference Chairman

Opening Speech by:
  1. Ms Naomi Climer, IET President
  2. Mr K S Wong, JP, Secretary of the Environment, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
    Technical Visit
110kV Substation of University of Macau 
0900-0945  Keynote Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities from Renewable Energy: the Role of the Smart Grid
Prof Saifur Rahman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA 
Keynote Session 3: A Novel Method based on Shifting Boundary for Price-based Residential Demand Response and its Application
Prof L L Lai, State Grid Energy Research Institute, PRC 
Plenary Session 5: Grid Interface and Integration of Renewable Energy
Dr Zhao Xu, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University 
0945-1100  Plenary Session 1: Control of Power System with Electric Vehicles, Train and Wind Generators
Prof K P Wong, The University of Western Australia 
Plenary Session 3: Advancement in Power System Security and Economics
Prof Fushuan Wen, University of Technology, Brunei 
Oral Presentation 8: Smart Grid Technology Oral Presentation 9: Renewable Energy
Coffee Break
1115-1230  Oral Presentation 1: Smart Grid Technology Oral Presentation 2: Renewable Energy Oral Presentation 5: Management & Planning Oral Presentation 6: Operation & Control Oral Presentation 10: Operation & Control Oral Presentation 11: Management & Planning
1330-1415  Keynote Session 2: Sustainable Power Delivery Structure for High Renewables
Prof D J Hill, The University of Hong Kong 
Keynote Session 4: Future System Challenges – Alignment of Strategy across Key Stakeholders
Prof William Hung, University of Warwick, UK 
Technical Visit: CLP Smart Grid Centre and Nuclear Resources Centre
1415-1530  Plenary Session 2: Latest Smart Grid Research
IR C K Lau, Past Chairman of IET Hong Kong 
Plenary Session 4: Modern Power Systems: Energy Internet, Interconnected Power Market, Metering and Advanced System Analysis
Prof K P Wong, The University of Western Australia 
Coffee Break
1545-1700  Oral Presentation 3: End User Management Oral Presentation 4: Operation & Control Oral Presentation 7: Electric Power Market/Smart Grid Technology Poster Presentation 
1700-1800  Registration (Spasso)   
Break/Travel to Dinner Venue

Cocktail Reception


Conference Banquet
(Skyline Banquet Hall, Lei Yue Mun)

Keynote Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities from Renewable Energy: Role of Smart Grid

Keynote Speaker: Prof Saifur Rahman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

With the focus on environmental sustainability and energy security, power system planners are looking at renewable energy as supplements and alternatives.  But such generation sources have their own challenges – primarily intermittency.  Many believe that the smart grid – due to its inherent communication, sensing and control capabilities – will have the ability to manage the load, storage and generation assets (including renewables) in the power grid to enable a large-scale integration of distributed generation.  In a smart grid, information about the state of the grid and its components can be exchanged quickly over long distances and complex networks.  It will therefore be possible to have the integration of sustainable energy sources, such as wind, solar, off-shore electricity, etc.  for smoother system operation.  But in order for this to be possible, the electric utility will have to evolve, and change their ways of operation to become an intelligent provider of these services.   This lecture introduces the operational characteristics of renewable energy sources, and various aspects of the smart grid – technology, standards and regulations.  It also addresses the interplay among distributed generation, storage and conventional generation to provide an efficient operational strategy in the context of the smart grid.


Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at the Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner.  He is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine.  He was also the founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.  He served as a vice president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) from 2009 to 2013 and currently serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).  In 2006, he served on teh IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications.  He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013.  He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and has lectured on smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand response, distributed generation and critical infrastructure protection topics in over 30 countries on all six continents.




Keynote Session 2: Sustainable Power Delivery Structure for High Renewables

Keynote Speaker: Prof David J Hill, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Many countries and electricity company groups are already committed to increase renewable electrical energy generation to 20% by 2020, and some have much higher figures.  It is now clear that energy sustainability refers to the complete network (or grid) which delivers the power as much as the sources of energy.  This package of energy supply and grid can make a major contribution to solving the urgent and potentially devastating problems of pollution and climate change.  Further, there will be no universal solution, so Hong Kong with ambitious goals for emissions, reductions, islands, tall buildings and a strong interconnection to China, where massive developments in renewable power are occurring, will need its own investigations.  This is particularly important at this time when future energy security options must be considered within the emissions targets.  Much higher use of renewable power, including offshore wind-power (and demand management), should be under serious consideration already.  The proper operation of an electricity grid involves an intricate set of balancing processes for energy, power, ramping all while achieving the regulation of system variables, e.g. voltages, frequency, powers and keeping the system protected and secure following disturbances.  This is achieved with layers of system control (and market) processes.  These processes all need to be redesigned for high levels of renewable power due to the weather driven variability of the power supply.  Some studies have been made by governments worldwide to answer the question: what percentage levels of renewable energy are achievable?  The question should also include asking what are the corresponding network structures that can be cost effective and robust to all the changes over coming decades?  It is possible that this is all limited by stability problems caused by the variable generation.  A research program begun in 2015 and funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong under the Theme-based Research Scheme will be described which is aimed to determine the future structure of delivery systems, which can overcome any such limitations and be sustainable in the long-term, including the appropriate system wide information and control systems.


David J Hill received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 1976.  He holds the Chair of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong.  He is also a part-time Professor in the Centre for Future Energy Networks at the University of Sydney, Australia.  During 2005-2010, he was an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow at the Australian National University.  Since 1994, he has held various positions at the University of Sydney, Australia, including the Chair of Electrical Engineering until 2002 and again during 2010-2013 along with an ARC Professional Fellowship.  He has also held academic and substantial visiting positions at the universities of Melbourne, California (Berkeley), Newcastle (Australia), Lund (Sweden), Munich and Hong Kong City (City and Polytechnic).  His general research interests are in control systems, complex networks, power systems and stability analysis.  his work is now mainly on control and planning of future energy networks and basic stability and control questions for dynamic networks.  Professor Hill is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, USA.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, USA, the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.  He is also a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.




Keynote 3: A Novel Method based on Shifting Boundary for Price-based Residential Demand Response and its Application

Keynote Speaker: Prof L L Lai, State Grid Energy Research Institute, China

Demand Response (DR) is one of the typical methods for optimizing load characteristics in power systems.  Utilities offer DR schemes to generate incentives toward consumers’ power consumption behavior for load optimization.  In tariff planning, power consumption variation is an important issue which is difficult to be analyzed quantifiably.  This keynote presents a boundary model for analyzing consumers’ power consumption behaviors, with a particular focus on residential home appliances.  Candidate tariffs are analyzed in this model for their load variation potentials.  Using different case studies, the talk explains the potential for practical applications of the model on pricing and smart meter deployment.


Professor Loi Lei Lai, IET and IEEE Fellow, was awarded Dsc by City University London.  He is the director of research and development Centre for State Grid Energy Research Institute, Beijing China.  He was Pao Yue Kong Chair Professor, vice president and professor and chair in electrical engineering at Zhejiang University, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society and City University, London, respectively.  He was awarded the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Energy Development and Power Generation Committee Transaction Prize Paper in 2006 and 2009.  His research interests are in smart grid, clean energy and computational intelligence applications.  He is a distinguished national expert in China.

Keynote 4: Future System Challenges – Alignment of Strategy across Key Stakeholders

Keynote Speaker: Prof William Hung, University of Warwick, UK

With the ever-changing energy landscape towards a low carbon economy, there are significant challenges to the electricity supply industry worldwide.  The presentation gives a reflection of the UM experience in managing the system with collaborative effort from the key stakeholders.  The electrical power system in Great Britain (GB) has a maximum demand of around 65GW but no synchronized connections with other parts of Europe.  Given the UK government’s low carbon environment, there are already 11GW of wind generation installed both onshore and offshore.  This is projected to increase to 26GW by 2020 and over 50GW by 2030.  The increasing dominance of wind generation has presented challenges to the GB system operation (SO).  The presentation focuses on frequency control issues and gives an overview on how these issues are addressed in close collaboration with the industry.  Given the relatively small synchronous island, frequency control issues have been important and these will become more critical in the future years.  The presentation provides some background on how the frequency response services have been established since the industry was privatized in teh nineties.  The continual reduction of conventional plant and increase of renewable generation will make these issues more challenging and the SO is taking a lead with the industry to address the issue with the key stakeholders.  The relationship between low-carbon objectives and the strategic security of electricity in the context of the UK electricity system, the development of a smarter grid and smart demands are discussed.


Professor William Hung (MBA PhD BSc CEng FIET) is the Director of WH Power Systems Consultant Ltd, Honorary Professor at Warwick University and Technical Director at Cardiff University.  He is an expert in the power system field with over 35 years of experience spanning across Utility (National Grid), Consultancy (PB Power and ERA) and Manufacturing (GEC now ALSTOM) companies.  His business focus is on applying mathematical modelling, advanced control, dynamic system testing and performance monitoring techniques to improve system dynamic and stability performance.  He was  with National Grid until 2013 after 24 years’ service and he had been the Technical Leader on system and generation dynamics, modelling, control and monitoring.  He chaired/provided technical lead on various Working Groups across the business including System Monitoring with WAM, Sub synchronous Resonance and Torsional Interaction (SSR/SSTI), HVDC modelling and testing, Smart Grid, Dynamic Demand, system stability and frequency incident investigations and RoCoF (Rate of Chagne of Frequency) risk areas.  He had led the industry in improving, testing and bench marking frequency response performance of generating and HVDC plants.  He also collaborated with the industry to promote and develop dynamic demands to provide frequency control services.  he chaired the Very Large Power Grid Operator (VLPGO) HVDC WG with members from major Utility Companies worldwide to resolve key HVDC issues.  He also collaborated with CIGRE to develop generic HVDC models for international Utility companies. He is a Chartered Engineer and the Fellow Member of the IET in the UK.