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Special Sessions

The conference will include special sessions on highly specialized topics reporting technical trends and breakthroughs within the scope of the conference. Special sessions are organized at the initiative of one or more individuals (up to 4), who must adhere to specific procedures which are described below.

A special session is a group of 5-6 accepted papers (or multiple of 5-6), organized on the initiative of any volunteer proposing NO MORE than 2 papers inside. Special session topics must be in areas consistent with those of the conference.

In order to avoid that special sessions draw papers from regular tracks, submitted topics not specific enough and too general will be rejected.

Organizer Instructions

Any potential organizer (or group of organizers: no more than 4) has to complete the following tasks:

  • provide Special Sessions Co-Chairs with a provisional title of the special session
  • send a "Call for Papers" dedicated to that special session to Special Sessions Co-Chairs (one Word page as the one provided in the conference website below): Deadline February 01, 2015 (late proposals may be considered)
  • send a potential list of authors to be invited to submit a paper
  • send a list of potential reviewers (at least 3 reviewers per paper) to facilitate the review process

If less than 5-6 papers will be submitted before the end of the deadline, the submitted papers will be moved to regular tracks to be reviewed as regular contributions.

Special Sessions Co-Chairs

Peter Palensky: p.palensky@tudelft.nl

Friederich Kupzog: friederich.kupzog@ait.ac.at

Documents and Important Dates

"Call for Papers" template:
Deadline for special session proposal submission:February 01, 2015, February 15, 2015 (late proposals may be considered)
Notification of acceptance:February 08, 2015, February 22, 2015 (at latest)
Deadline for uploading provisional special session full papers:SAME AS REGULAR PAPERS - March 01, 2015

Accepted Special Sessions

Special session papers have to be submitted either to one of the following sessions. Before submitting a paper please have a look a the paper submission guidelines and the author rights and responsibilities.

SS01 - Modeling, Co-Simulation and Validation/Testing of Smart Energy Systems

Future energy systems integrate very distinctive elements and processes: continuous physics like power transmission/distribution infrastructure and heating domains, discrete components like information and communication elements, autonomous roles and agents, controls, and even socio-economic phenomena with real people in the loop. The complexity of this setup allows for cause and effect to transcend the boundaries of these conventionally separated domains. Questions to be investigated across domains include distribution grid operation, demand response markets, stability and vulnerability of cyber-physical systems. Existing modeling, simulation and validation/testing tools are not capable of covering all issues in a comprehensive manner. Advanced approaches like co-simulation, software/hardware-in-the-loop experiment, etc. are strategies to cover the smart energy systems in a cyber-physical way.

Special Session Co-Chairs: Sebastian Rohjans, Germany; Sebastian Lehnhoff, Germany; Peter Palensky, The Netherlands; Edmund Widl, Austria

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SS02 - Advanced Modelling, Monitoring and Control of Low Voltage Networks

The future widespread use of residential-scale low carbon technologies such as photovoltaic systems, electric vehicles or electric heat pumps is prompting distribution network operators to investigate their impacts and the potential solutions. In particular, low voltage networks, typically unobserved and uncontrolled, are believed to become one of major the bottlenecks. It is difficult to estimate how much distributed generation (DG) capacity will be connected to distribution systems in the coming years; however, it is certain that increasing penetration levels require robust tools for network monitoring and state estimation that help assess the capabilities and requirements of the networks in order to produce the best planning and operation strategies. The content of this special session is focused on the numerous approaches and methods, especially meter and sensor data-driven analytics, that have been developed in recent years to address DG integration and planning in low voltage distribution systems.

Special Session Co-Chairs: Matthias Stifter, Austria; Luis (Nando) Ochoa, UK; Ahmad Abdel-Majeed, Germany

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SS03 - Real Time Simulation of Smart Electrical Distribution Systems

Real time (RT) simulation of smart electrical distribution systems are starting to emerge as a viable tool for de-risking and testing novel concepts and technologies. While significant advances have been made recently in RT simulation based hardware in the loop (HIL) techniques and methods, several challenges remain in the areas of: partitioning electrical systems with short line lengths, modeling of multiple power electronic converters on one distribution feeder, formal methods and guidelines of validation models, etc. On the other hand, RT simulation based HIL offers new dimensions to better study phenomena associated with more agile, future, smart distribution systems. This session will explore all those aspects by bringing knowledgeable experts together to present recent developments and discuss how to overcome the challenges ahead.

Special Session Co-Chairs: Mischa Steurer, USA; Karl Schoder, USA; Georg Lauss, Austria

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SS04 - Controller Conflict Identification, Resolution and Coordination in Future Active Distribution Networks

Active distribution networks will bring a growing number of controls in power systems which will activate numerous distributed resources, affecting both distribution and transmission system operation. In conventional paradigm of passive distribution network operation, control at distribution level was of little concern to overall grid stability. Increasingly active networks, however, are likely to also contain control systems which cause conflicts with other controls or operating objectives, locally as well as in context of regional and global controllers. New approaches are required to identify conflicting controllers early, coordinate different control schemes in several time scales, across voltage levels and with multiple stakeholders involved. Finally methods for experimental detection of conflicts and validation of coordination schemes are desirable.

Special Session Co-Chairs: Ibrahim Abdulhadi, UK; Julia Merino Fernandez, Spain; Kai Heussen, Denmark; Junjie Hu, Denmark

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SS05 - Experiences from the ELECTRA IRP Researchers Exchange

This special session deals mainly with results from the researchers exchange in the FP7 ELECTRA IRP project.

Special Session Chair: Graeme Burt, UK

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