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PREPARATIVES FOR THE SECOND SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN REGIONAL CIGRE (SEERC) CONFERENCE – The Advisory Technical Committee Chairman Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder Message

On 18th and 19th of October the SEERC Management Board meeting took place at Istanbul, Turkey, hosted by the Turkish CIGRE National Committee. From the exhaustive Meeting Agenda there are two items to be pointed out:

  • The final Report on the 1st SEERC Conference held at Portorož last year presented by the Conference Chairman Mag. Krešimir Bakič (ELES) and
  • Report on the 3rd SEERC Advisory Technical Committee Meeting held in Prag, Czech Republic as well as Draft Rules of SEERC ATC Operation both presented by the past and incoming ATC Chairman Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder (EIMV)

In this SEERC MB Meeting representatives of 11 Countries SEERC Members participated. The Kosovo CIGRE NC was solemnly accepted to SEERC confirmed by a Yielding document signed by the actual SEERC MB Chairman and Kosovo NC Representative.

The 2nd SEERC Conference to be held next June in Kyiv, Ukraine, its Program and Organization were thoroughly discussed too.

November 2017
European Lightning Detection Workshop (ELDW) 2017

The European Lightning Detection Workshop (ELDW) held place from 17 to 20 October in Belgrade with the support of the Mihajlo Pupin Institute. We have been selling the SCALAR system services on the Serbian market in collaboration with the Mihajlo Pupin Institute for 2 years. We also cooperate with the Serbian transmission operator, EMS Serbia.

At the workshop, our associates presented the following papers: "Livestock protection against lightning strike” (Vladimir Djurica”, "Usage of LLS Data for Operation, Design and Protection of Electric Power Networks" (Miha Bečan), "Use of the SCALAR system lightning data for rehabilitation of the earthing of the power line towers" (Primož Hrobat), and "Implementation of SCALAR services in TSO EMS" (Goran Milev).

The EUCLID association meeting was also organised within the scope of the work programme. We have been a member of this association since 2000 when it was founded. Today, the EUCLID combines lightning localisation system operators from more than 20 European countries. Therefore, the location of this year's workshop is not coincidental, because we wanted to present the EUCLID association to our consumers in Serbia.

It should also be emphasised that our associate, Mr Goran Milev, was elected as President of the EUCLID association for a three-year term of office.

Oktober 2017
PARTICIPATION AT THE CONFERENCE IN ROME

On 13 October 2017, a conference was organised at the La Sapienza University in Rome, and focused on the following topics: the past 20 years of experience of Italian TSO and DSO in progress at the operation of systems in hazardous situations, especially before natural disasters (glaze ice, snow, earthquakes, floods, heat and drought, fires), defence from serious consequences, the supply of electric energy in critical situations and the re-engagement of a faulty system. 

The participants from Slovenia, Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder (EIMV) and Mag. Krešimir Bakič (ELES) presented their paper entitled "Strengthening the resilience of the Slovenian electric grid considering new approach". The paper presents the experience of Slovenian electric power supply companies with regard to natural disasters: specific burdens, consequences and defence measures against threats. They also presented the response of Slovenian TSO and DSO to the efforts of the European Commission and ENTSO-E and ACER, i.e. at the introduction of some new operating instructions, specifically: Network Code on Emergency and Restoration and also the Network Code on Requirements for Grid Connection of Generators. The emphasis was put on the content of studies for learning the operations of the Slovenian system as a whole and its parts at increased burdens and in specific dynamical conditions. 

Oktober 2017
Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute and Smart Com d.o.o. invite to the first international hackathon "HackElect".

From 7 to 8 October 2017, the Faculty of Computer and Information Science will host a two-day competition of creative individuals who think outside the box, i.e. with the purpose of finding innovative solutions in the field of electric power and smart grid technologies.

In 48 hours, individuals and teams from various countries will use their innovative approaches, solutions and ideas to cope with the challenges in the field of electric power and smart grid technologies. The event will host students of computer, information science, energy, law, biology, international relations and other studies. The event will also be open for all enthusiasts who are interested in such topics and events. At HackElect, participants will be able to develop advanced solutions, create new products and present their skills within the scope of five thematic challenges:

- thermography and imaging;
- lighting monitoring on Scalar Web and mobile application;
- Scalar - the development of backup system;
- predicting patterns in IP networks of the internet;
- analytics of smart meters data.


The best three teams will receive awards in a total of EUR 10,000. Those who will show special skills, will also get opportunities for employment. 

More http://www.hackelect.com/

September 2017
CIGRE SC C4 International Colloquium on Lightning and Power Systems

On 18 and 19 September 2017, the CIGRE SC C4 International Colloquium on Lightning and Power Systems was held at the premises of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana. Around fifty experts from all over the world attended this colloquium, including some top experts in this field.

Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute as co-organiser played a visible part during the entire colloquium. It was presided by Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder. The organisation committee included Dr. Boris Žitnik (president), Dr. Stane Vižintin, Miha Bečan and Tim Gradnik as members.

The opening ceremony and welcome speeches were followed by lectures. Dr. Uwe Riechert held a lecture on very fast transient overvoltages (VFTO) and HV gas insulated substations: "Origin, Simulation, Testing and Insulation Co-ordination Approach”.

Dr. Stane Vižintin had the honour to present his paper entitled "Importance of Lightning Data for HV Power-System Overvoltage Protection and Analyses".

Another 28 papers were presented during the event, all tackling ten priority topics.

Klemen Jevnikar presented his paper entitled "Comparison of lighting strike specific energy calculation between SIST EN 62305-1 standard and IEC TR 60071-4 technical report using Rise-Time and Peak-To-Zero time measured by Lightning Localization System", together with co-authors Goran Milev and Vladimir Djurica.

The behaviour analysis of the pilot set-up of 212 line conductors on overhead transmission line 2 × 110 kV Gorica–Divača was presented by Miha Bečan in his paper "Lightning Performance Improvement of an Overhead Transmission Line After Surge Arresters Installation", written with co-authors Boštjan Barl, Bojan Volk, Jure Praznik and Goran Milev. 

September 2017
The sixth energy literacy promotion festival for the youth (Elektrofest)

Ljubljana, 15 September 2017 - For the sixth year in a row, ELES, Gen energija, Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana joined forces. They presented the functioning of the electric power system to young people. 

The Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute, ELES, Gen energija and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana prepared four electric stations or expert sets of content in the field of electric power for more than 400 students. The experts from ELES prepared a lecture, where they used interesting and interactive ways to present the Slovenian electric power system and the role of ELES in it. The employees of the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute took students to their high voltage laboratory, where they have been implementing tests on devices that operate in the electric power system for more than fifty years. They presented the system for automatic localisation of atmospheric discharge Scalar and simulated the lightning effect. GEN energija company presented a simulation of the operations of the Krško Nuclear Power Plant, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, students used games to learn about the principles of electric power transmission from power plants to users. Zavod 404 institute presented three projects of students in front of the ELES business office – i.e. the arcade console (device for playing computer games), growbox and hovercraft. 

Within the scope of the event, an official opening of the event also took place at ELES, where the participants were addressed by the director of the IT and Telecommunications Division in ELES, Mag. Venčeslav Perko, the Head of the Electric Power System Control and Operation Department at EIMV, Mag. Andrej Souvent, and the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Gregor Dolinar.

  The participants were initially greeted by Mag. Venčeslav Perko, the director of the IT and Telecommunications Division in ELES, who emphasised that ELES is well aware of the significance of strengthening energy literacy among the youth. "Knowledge and understanding about energy and the energy sector are an important basis for responsible designing of our energy future," said Mag. Venčeslav Perko. 

The Head of the Electric Power System Control and Operation Department at EIMV, Mag. Andrej Souvent addressed the participants and emphasised that the electric energy system (EES) transformation, boosted by mass integration of renewable dispersed sources of energy and new methods of using electric power, requires new concepts of planning, operation and management of the EES, as well as an enhanced development of new technologies, where information technologies take quite a large share. It also requires highly qualified experts and at the same time energy literate users, because in new concepts each user transforms from a passive to an active participant. "Education - on all levels - is of key importance for a successful implementation of the transition to a modern EES. It must be emphasised that the energy sector is becoming interdisciplinary, where the share of information and communication technologies, machine learning technologies and artificial intelligence is quickly rising," said Mag. Andrej Souvent. 

"Such events are an opportunity for the youth to get a direct insight in one of the fields of electrical engineering and are the result of excellent collaboration between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering," emphasised the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Gregor Dolinar. 

The participants of the event also visited the exhibition entitled EIMV Over Time, prepared by the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Institute. The exhibition, which will be open until next year, presents EIMV over time, i.e. from its beginnings in 1948 until today. It also shows how EIMV was founded and at which important events it has collaborated. The exhibition also presents research areas of work and its role in the future. 

September 2017
A lightning conductor is the most effective tool against lightning strikes

Heavy downpours, gusts of wind, lightnings and thundering frequently accompany summer storms, which will, due to climate change, become even more extreme in the future. The experts of the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute and its Slovenian Centre for Automatic Location of Atmospheric Discharge explained how a lightning can damage a house, what is the best protection against them and what to do if we find ourselves in the middle of a storm in nature. 

Link: Priloga časopisa Delo

September 2017
20th International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

From 28 August to 1 September 2017 the 20th International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering (ISH 2017) took place in Buenos Aires. It was attended by approximately 370 researchers from 37 countries who work at institutes, universities and in industry. The symposium represents one of the most important meetings in high voltage technology in the world, and we are proud that Slovenia has been represented by EIMV's experts and their scientific papers (three this year). We must also mention that Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder is the member of the international management board of ISH which also decided on the topics and venues of symposia.

Mag. Vladimir Djurica presented at "Oral Session OF1: HV Systems" a paper entitled "Dynamic Thermal Rating of power lines – improved model and measurements in rainy conditions" (with co-authors Gregor Kosec and Dr. Miloš Maksić). In the "PB2: Transient voltages" group, Mladen Iglič presented his paper “A solution to optimal performance of overvoltage protection in cases of Cable-OHL and Cable-GIS interconnection” (co-authors Rado Ferlič, Robert Maruša and Ivo Kobal). In the "Poster Session PC: HV Test & Measuring Technique” group, Simon Podkoritnik presented the article by head author Miha Bečan entitled “A Challenging Case of Overhead Transmission Line Lightning Performance Improvement by Means of Line Surge Arrester Installing” (co-authors Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder, Boštjan Barl, Bojan Volk, Goran Milev and Jure Praznik).

  The Slovenian representatives at the symposium were Prof. Dr. Maks Babuder, Dr. Stane Vižintin (EIMV), Mag. Vladimir Djurica (EIMV), Mladen Iglič (EIMV), Simon Podkoritnik (EIMV), Dr. Robert Maruša (ELES) and Mag. Milan Vižintin (SODO).

After the symposium, a group of Slovenian participants was also hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Argentina, where we presented our work in high voltage, at the same time, we also listened to an interesting presentation of the work and collaboration of the Slovenian minority in Argentina. We would like to thank the president of the Slovenian minority in Argentina, Mr. Damian Ahlin and his wife Mariana Pirc, who took the time to present Buenos Aires, the work of the Slovenian minority and the connection to homeland. 



August 2017
Visit from Estonia

EIMV was visited by the representatives of the Estonian transmission network operator Elering and the Tallinn University of Technology, with whom we cooperate at the Migrate European Project. We presented projects that we are implementing in Slovenia and we exchanged experience in common areas. We also visited our high voltage laboratory. 

August 2017
IEEE PES GM 2017

This years general meeting of IEEE PES GM was held in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The meeting was attended by Dr. Miloš Maksić and Mag. Dejan Matvoz. Mag. Matvoz presented the paper entitled "Analysis of Voltage Notching in a Low Voltage Industrial Network During the Operation of a Six-Pulse AC/DC Converter". 

July 2017
Join the international hackathon HackElect!

Together with Smart Com d. o. o. the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute organises an expert and research international hackathon HackElect, http://www.hackelect.com/#home, in electric power, large data processing and IoT fields. The HackElect will be held on 7 and 8 October 2017 at FRI in Ljubljana. Three challenges have been published so far: IR thermography in energy sector, Scalar lightning system data processing, data traffic analysis in energy sector and data analytics of smart meters. Students from Slovenia and neighbouring countries have been invited directly, other participants from the wider area also indirectly. We expect 120 participants who will join small teams with up to 5 members.

July 2017
Approval of a new research project

The Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute in collaboration with a consortium of partners was approved to implement the research project under H2020 entitled: Coordination of Transmission and Distribution data eXchanges for renewables integration in the European marketplace through Advanced, Scalable and Secure ICT Systems and Tools (TDX-ASSIST). The aim of the project is to develop new ICT tools and techniques for an expandable, safe and interoperable exchange of data between transmission system operators and distributors. Data exchange will be related to future international standards and technological solutions. The final outcome will result in completely defined interfaces for automatic safe data exchange between all stakeholders and upon consideration of IEC standards.

One of the key roles will be the practical implementation of the pilot and result analysis on the infrastructure that will be prepared by the EIMV together with Elektro Gorenjska and ELES. 

July 2017
13th CIGRE-CIRED Conference

The 13th CIGRE-CIRED Conference was held from 22 to 24 May in Maribor. The event is an exceptional opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience among experts in the field of energy.

EIMV experts contributed the largest number of expert papers. They also proactively cooperated in discussions with regard to issues and dilemmas on the current and future trends of the electric energy system development in Slovenia and abroad.

The standpoints, presentations of our co-workers and their expert work attracted a lot of interest and positive responses of other participants. Thus, EIMV continues its mission, strengthens its role and successfully contributes to the development of the Slovenian electric power sector for a better today and tomorrow. Prof. Babuder also presented the conference for the media, i.e. at RTV SLO TV Maribor:
http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/tele-m/174473039
(from 4:45 minute)

We wish to thank all employees at EIMV who have contributed to this success!



Link: CIGRE-CIRED 2017



May 2017
A new mobile laboratory set up in January at the High Voltage Department

A new mobile laboratory was set up in January at the High Voltage Department. It performs all standards measurements in the field of isolation control in the field. The measurement equipment enables the testing of energy and instrument transformers, generators, motors, surge arresters, breakers, isolating switches, MV switching blocks and cables. The advanced device is intended for measuring static and dynamic resistances of windings. The installed software is used in the entire process to the final report preparation.



January 2017
3rd Slovenian Conference on the Maintenance of Electric Power Facilities (distribution, transmission, production)

The third conference on maintaining electric power facilities was held in Nova Gorica and was attended by 150 experts. For the first time, the topic of electric power production has also been included on the agenda.

The maintenance topic was discussed in five sets:

  • Technical regulations, standards, impacts on the quality of electric energy
  • Maintenance systems, strategic maintenance, maintenance optimisation
  • The problems related to maintenance in electric power plants
  • The maintenance of the HV network, overhead power lines and transformer stations (110 kV, 220 kV, 400 kV)
  • The maintenance of distribution network elements (to 45 kV)


Three papers were presented by the EIMV experts.

More info about the conference: click here



November 2016
A new method at the High Voltage Department

This year a new, very demanding testing method for the control of mineral transformer oils was introduced at the High Voltage Department.
This method involves the Partial Discharge Inception Voltage (PDIV) according to IEC 61294, which has been extended with measurements of some additional parameters for scientific and research purposes.

The measurement cell was produced in a Slovenian company according to the designs made by our engineers. The core element of the cell is the upper electrode – a pin with 1 mm diameter and a specifically determined point radius (3 µm), which must be replaced after each measurement. The pins are supplied by the Ogura Jewel Industry from Japan.

The Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute has therefore become one of the rare global companies that implements this methods with the newest and modern equipment (no other institute is involved in such research in Europe).



November 2016
10th Jubilee Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED Serbia

The 10th Jubilee Conference on Electricity Distribution CIRED Serbia is currently taking place in Vrnjačka Banja with regional contribution. EIMV is also attending the event by exhibiting and presenting our services, where emphasis is put on the SCALAR system that is also used in the territory of Serbia.



September 2016
CIGRE Paris

The CIGRE Session, which is traditionally organised every two years, was held from 21 to 26 August 2016 in Paris. It was attended by approximately 3200 professional from all over the world. The event was also attended by experts from Slovenia. The representatives of the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute were the director, Dr Boris Žitnik and Prof Maks Babuder, as well as Maja Končan-Gradnik, MSc, Biljana Čuček, MSc, Breda Cestnik, Tim Gradnik, Igor Rozman, MSc, Miha Bečan and  Dr Stane Vižintin. Within the scope of the SC B2 programme, the following papers were presented:

  - B2-301  "Innovation-Section: Test-run for uprating a 220 kV OHL to 380 kV using insulated cross-arms and coated conductors" by Maks Babuder, Stane Vižintin and seven foreign authors;
- B2-313  "Corona noise comparison of the standard and surface treated conductors obtained with monitoring of the newly erected 400 kV line and with corona testing in high-voltage laboratory" by Igor Rozman, Miha Bečan, Maks Babuder, Borut Vertačnik.

  Besides presenting papers, the conference also featured work within the scope of various professional bodies. Tim Gradnik was appointed secretary of the SC A2 and the EIMV was appointed for the organisation of the international SC C4 colloquium "Lighting and Power Systems" in 2017 in Slovenia.

September 2016
20th Memorial dedicated to Prof Dr Milan Vidmar in Bled

From 24 June and 4 July 2016, Slovenian Chess Association organises the traditional international chess tournament – the 20th memorial dedicated to Prof Dr Milan Vidmar. The tournament is taking place in Grand Hotel Toplice in Bled, where the world's most renowned chess players competed in the past, including Aljehin, Smislov, Talj, Petrosjan, Fischer and Kasparov.

Ten very strong masters of chess responded to participate at this memorial, dedicated to Prof Dr Milan Vidmar, a scientist and world renowned chess player. These great players include Luka Lenič from Domžale, Jure Borišek, Aleksander Beljavski, Matej Šebenik and Jure Škoberne. The memorial will also be attended by Zdenko Kožul (Croatia), Ivan Ivaniševič (Serbia), Andrei Volokitin (Ukraine), Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan) and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Germany). All mentioned chess players are grandmasters of chess.  

The president of the organisational board and the honourable president of the Slovenian Chess Association, Milan Kneževič, emphasised at the press conference, that after ten years, the Slovenian Chess Association once again organised a very strong tournament in the memory of Milan Vidmar. This is not only a grand chess but also a sport event that will also attract a lot of attention abroad. He described the personality of Prof Dr Milan Vidmar who was not only a great chess player and scientist, but also a judge at major world competitions such as chess Olympics in 1950 in Dubrovnik. He also judged the first post-war duel for the title of world chess champion in 1948 in Moscow. Prof Dr Vidmar was also the initiator of the establishment of the Yugoslav Chess Association in 1929 and the Slovenian Chess Associaiton in 1935.  

The Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute is proud of collaborating at this great chess event.

June 2016
3rd Electric Energy Basketball Tournament 2016

The ŠKUD Elektroinštitut association this year once again successfully organised the basketball tournament that has been established as a traditional tournament, attended by various electric energy companies. It was organised under the title the 3rd Electric Energy Tournament – Škofljica 2016. 

The following teams made it to the finals:

ŠD ELES, ŠD Elektro Celje, ŠD KOLEKTOR ETRA, ŠD Elektro Ljubljana and ŠKUD Elektroinštitut.

For the third year in a row, the ŠD ELES team convincingly won. We would also like to thank other participants, especially teams ŠD Elektro Celje, which made it to the second place despite the fact that the team was not complete, ŠD Elektro Ljubljana for their unselfishness and ŠD KOLEKTOR ETRA for their determination and fair play. Despite the fact that ŠKUD Elektroinštitut ranked last, we can point out that our colleague Gregor Omahen won first place in three-point shots.  The best player of the tournament was Aljaž Pavlič from ŠD ELES team.

Final rankings:

1. ŠD ELES
2. ŠD Elektro Celje
3. ŠD Elektro Ljubljana
4. ŠD Kolektor ETRA
5. ŠKUD Elektroinštitut

We want to thank all participants for joining the tournament and congratulate them for professionally played games.


June 2016
THE FIRST REGIONAL SEERC POWER CONFERENCE

On 7 and 8 June 2016 the first regional SEERC Power Conference merging the economic, academic and industrial sections of electric power sector in Central and SE Europe was held in Portorož. It was organised by the Slovenian Electric Power Experts Association and the national CIGRE committee. The experts from the EIMV also actively participated at the conference, its organisation and lectures. The first conference day was intended for educational discussions and selected topics by countries with regard to the system challenges until 2030. The emphasis at discussions was also put on energy and environmental strategy in the region and new scientific findings with a focus on energy policies, energy strategical programmes for green strategies, new scientific methodology and new projects in the region.

On the second day the attendants heard more than 100 selected papers presenting novelties in this sector. At the conclusion of the conference, decisions and instructions for further activities in the region were adopted and the coordination of the next SEERC conference that will be held in May 2018 in Ukraine was handed over to the next organiser. More about the conference:

More about the conference: http://www.cigre-seerc.org/

June 2016

Kotnik Days 2016

The 37th Kotnik Days were held in Radenci on 24 and 25 March 2016. The event was dedicated to power electric technology and modern installation training intended for electric energy experts in the field of maintenance, design and investment activity. This year, novelties in alternative electric energy sources and their inclusion in electric energy systems, new SIST standards in electrical installations, efficient use of intelligent electrical installations, experience of investors, the use and impacts of LED illumination on electrical installations, work under voltage on low voltage installations as well as maintenance, ecology in electric energy sector and environmental impacts were presented.

Our colleague, Dejan Matvoz, MSc, also cooperated at the event by presenting his paper “Modifications and supplementations of the instruction for connecting and operating power plants with installed electric power to 10 MW”.

March 2016
Rehabilitated impulse voltage generator

The High Voltage Laboratory successfully implemented the rehabilitation and testing of the impulse voltage generator. It conducted construction changes and installed new filling condensers. The generator is now able to create voltage impulses:

  • atmospheric impulse voltage 1,2/50 µs: 1.8 MV
  • switching impulse voltage 250/2500 µs: 1.2 MV


In this way we can test devices fro 400 kV level with alternate and impulse voltage, which has not been possible so far.




February 2016
EIMV participates in two EU projects under the Horizon 2020 framework programme

At the end of January kick-off meetings of two projects under Horizon 2020 were held, in which as a member of a consortium also participates EIMV. The projects were started at January 1st 2016 and are due to take 48 months.

In the scope of the project »FutureFlow - Designing eTrading Solutions for Electricity Balancing and Redispatching in Europe« an e-trading platform for cross-border utilization of ancillary services (such as aFRR, mFRR, RR) will be designed, implemented and pilot tested. Utilization of demand response for the aFRR ancillary service will also be explored and tested. More information: FUTUREFLOW-PR.pdf

The project MIGRATE »Massive InteGRATion of power Electronic devices« copes with the problems of the future power system where a vast of generation will be connected to the system using power electronics. This fact raises a lot of issues regarding problems with the lack of system inertia that is needed to guarantee the necessary frequency stability at 50 Hz, the lack of short-circuit capacity, power quality problems, etc. More information: MIGRATE-PR.pdf


January 2016