PES Webinar - Fundamentals, Planning and Specification of FACTS Devices

Fundamentals and Characteristics of Dynamic Reactive Power Control

December 18, 2018 • 10:00 am ET

Presented by: Daniel J. Sullivan, PE, Manager, FACTS & HVDC North America; and Douglas J Mader, P. Eng., Sargent and Lundy

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This Webinar:

Power electronics based systems such as Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) technologies provide proven technical solutions to allow for improved power system operation with minimal infrastructure investment, in response to generation retirement, renewable interconnection and enforcement of system reliability. With increasing levels of renewable penetration and decommissioning of existing thermal plants, the U.S. transmission system is facing increasing challenges with voltage control and stability. Fluctuating power output from renewables combined with weaker network conditions from thermal generation retirements has resulted in difficulties to maintain a reliable and robust network. Flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) systems should be incorporated in the candidate solution portfolio of transmission planning engineers in utilities and Independent System Operators alike.

This webinar will provide an excellent overview of the Static Var Compensator (SVC) and Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM) FACTS systems and will discuss the system and site-specific studies and tools recommended in order to implement successful and robust FACTS projects.

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The Presenters:

Daniel J. Sullivan, PE, Manager, FACTS & HVDC North America

Daniel J. Sullivan

Daniel J. Sullivan, PE currently manages MEPPI’s Power Electronics Product Line, providing technical leadership and commercial management of Mitsubishi Electric’s Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) business in North America. In Dan’s current leadership role, he developed system engineering and sales teams to assure full commitment to customers and technical expertise of applied FACTS (SVC/STATCOM) and HVDC systems from initial planning stages through design, construction, commissioning, and post-installation service/maintenance. Dan joined MEPPI in 2002 in the System Studies Department where he lead and conducted a wide array of power system analyses related to system dynamic performance, power flow, voltage stability, and electromagnetic transients.

He has authored technical IEEE papers and publications and lectured at universities and technical organizations on topics such as Dynamic Reactive Power Control, Static Var Compensators, STATCOM, and HVDC. Dan is a Senior Member of IEEE and held leadership roles in IEEE’s Power and Energy Subcommittees and Working groups on FACTS. He earned a BSEET degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a MSEE degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Douglas J Mader, P. Eng., Sargent and Lundy

Douglass J. Mader

Douglas J. Mader, P. Eng. Is a senior life member of IEEE and has been involved in the planning and implementation of numerous FACTS projects over the past 35 years. He began his career at Nova Scotia Power Inc in Canada where was responsible, among a number of roles, for transmission planning. He moved to Entergy in 1998 and Director of Transmission Engineering and was involved in the planning and implementation of a number of SVC, STATCOM and series compensation projects. He retired in 2014 and joined Sargent and Lundy as a specialist consultant in power system engineering and FACTS.

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