Cigre SC-B4 – Meeting and Colloquium 2023 in Vienna

CIGRE (International Council on Large Electric Systems) brings together professionals, researchers, and practitioners from around the globe to address the most pressing challenges in power systems.

The CIGRE working groups cover a wide range of (HV)DC and FACTS, including system operation, protection, renewable energy integration, grid resilience, and more. It provides the perfect platform to exchange knowledge, drive innovation, and shape the future of the power industry.

DC and FACTS enabling continuous Growth of Renewables

From Wednesday, September 12 to Thursday, September 14, the prestigious CIGRE B4 Colloquium took place in Vienna, bringing together experts from around the world in the field of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS). The colloquium, held under the theme “DC and FACTS enabling continuous Growth of Renewables,” provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and the latest developments in these critical fields.

International Participation and Expert Exchange

The CIGRE B4 Colloquium in Vienna attracted an impressive international audience of researchers, engineers, and professionals from various countries. The event drew over 170 participants, including representatives from energy companies, research institutions, and government agencies.

This broad participation underscored the relevance and significance of HVDC technologies and FACTS in the global energy industry.

Outstanding Speakers and Discussions

The colloquium featured prominent speakers from industry, academia, and government in both HVDC and FACTS. Participants had the opportunity to learn from leading experts in various aspects of HVDC technology and FACTS applications and engage in stimulating discussions.

Comprehensive Program

The CIGRE B4 Colloquium was complemented by the B4 SC Meetings held on Monday September 11, as well as a tutorial on Thursday, September 14. Furthermore, on Wednesday, September 13, there was a parallel session dedicated to READY4DC & InterOPERA. These additional sessions enriched the experience, providing in-depth discussions and educational opportunities for attendees.

Technical Tour to Salzburg

To wrap up the B4 Colloquium on a high note, a technical tour to Salzburg was organized on Friday, September 15. As part of this tour, attendees had the opportunity to visit the Kaprun Pump Storage Power Plant for an insightful technical visit.

Outlook for the Future

The CIGRE B4 Colloquium 2023 in Vienna was a resounding success, contributing to the expansion of knowledge and awareness regarding HVDC technology and FACTS. The event underscored the need for innovation in energy transmission, both direct current and flexible AC, to ensure a sustainable and reliable energy supply for the future.

We are looking forward to meeting you at one of the next CIGRE events!
Your Austrian CIGRE Team


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