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Australian Technical Committee members convene meetings of their Australian Panels across various Australian States or in New Zealand. These meetings form an important communication structure for CIGRE and its members.  Local initiatives also form the basis for future international CIGRE work.  The Australian Technical Committee meeting in Fremantle in 2009 finalised a calendar that now forms the basis of a rotational system that balances the location of the 16 annual panel meetings in each Australian State and in New Zealand.

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The Australian Panels report on their areas of coverage to each Study Committee.  Their activities include:

 A1 Rotating Electrical Machines - (Convenor Tri Tran) -  email

  • Life management
  • Machine monitoring and diagnosis
  • Renewable generation
  • Large generators
  • High efficient electrical machines

A2 Transformers - (Convenor  Ross Willoughby)  -  email 

  • Design and manufacture
  • Application of material
  • Utilisation eg maintenance and operation, condition monitoring, life management, repair and refurbishment, disposal
  • Safety and environmental aspects, e.g. noise, oil spill, fire hazard and explosion
  • Economic/commercial aspects
  • Quality assurance and testing 

 A3 High Voltage Equipment  - (Convenor Wayne Pepper) -  email

  • Design and development
  • New and improved test techniques
  • Maintenance, refurbishment and lifetime management
  • Reliability assessment and condition monitoring
  • Requirements presented by changing networks
  • Equipment related subjects

 B1 Insulated Cables  - (Convenor  Russell Wheatland) - email

  • Power cables in all phases of life
  • Submarine, underground, ducts, tunnels
  • HVDC and HVAC Cable Systems 

 B2 Overhead Lines - (Convenor -  John McCormack ) - email 

  • Increase acceptability of OHL
  • Increase capacities of existing OHL
  • Increase reliability and availability of OHL

 B3 Substations - (Convenor - Crina Costan ) - email 

  • New substation concepts
  • Substation management issues
  • Life cycle management and maintenance
  • Impact of new communication standards and smart grids on existing and new substations

 B4 HVDC and Power Electronics  ( Convenor - Les Brand ) - Email 

  • Responsible for HVDC systems and Power Electronics for AC systems
  • Its members are international experts from manufacturers, operators, user engineers, consultants and academics
  • Provides unbiased and balanced documents concerning economical, technical and environmental matters associated with its area of responsibility
  • The target audience includes engineers in the Electrical Supply Industry, Standardisation bodies, investors and regulators 

B5 Protection and Automation - (Convenor - Peter Bishop ) - email 

  • Improved concepts of Substation Automation Systems
  • Technical recommendations for IEC 61850
  • Application of numerical protections and substation automation systems
  • Methods to improve the performance of protection systems
  • Protection implications of new generation technologies

C1 System Development and Economics - (Convenor - Graeme Ancell ) - email 

  • Planning for rapid development, uncertain generation and desired reliability (newly and rapidly developing countries, system performance, contingency planning, mass penetration of renewables, a greenfield approach)
  • Investment drivers, decision processes and tools (investment drivers, planning criteria, grid codes and the role of new technology, new investment decision processes, new tools and methods for increasing uncertainty)
  • Asset management practices including risk assessment now and in the future (risk management, broad trends and practices, new solutions for changing power system designs

 C2 System Operation and Control - (Convenor - Greg Hesse) - email 

  • Control and switching for reliability:  voltage, frequency and capacity limits
  • Reserves and emergency strategies
  • Management of fault and restoration situations
  • Short term planning and co-ordination of system capacity needs
  • Requirements and use of power system analysis and security assessment functionalities
  • Requirements, methods, tools for training of operators
  • Impact on system operation from institutional structures:  regulators, trading and contracted ancillary services

 C3 System Environmental Performance - (Convenor - James Hart) - email 

  • Environmental impacts of power system development and operation
  • Global environmental changes and power system
  • Public acceptance of power system infrastructures
  • Stakeholders' engagement and communication
  • Power system efficiency and environment

 C4 System Technical Performance - (Convenor - Andrew Halley) - email 

  • Power Quality
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Interference (EMC/EMI)
  • Insulation Co-ordination
  • Lightning
  • Power Systems Performance Models and Numerical Analysis

 C5 Electricity Markets and Regulation - (Convenor - Alex Cruikshank) - email

  • Consequences of regulatory changes for the electric power sector
  • Regulatory incentives for investment
  • System implications of new generation technologies
  • Market design’s impact on transmission system operation
  • Market design for integration of intermittent generation

 C6 Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation -(Convenor - Ray Brown) -emai

  • Dispersed Energy Resources connection and integration
  • Dispersed Energy Resources concepts in distribution systems operation and planning (Microgrids and Active Distribution Networks)
  • Demand management and active customer integration
  • Rural electrification

  D1 Materials and Emerging Test Techniques - (Convenor - Joe Tusek) - email 

  • Electrical insulating materials
  • Electrical conducting materials
  • High voltage and current test and measuring techniques
  • Diagnostic tools

 D2 Information Systems and Telecommunications - (Convenor - Victor Tan) - email 

  • ICT applied to the networks of the future
  • Telecommunication networks in electric power utilities (architectures, media, protocols)
  • New ICT architectures to control the bulk power systems (smart meter, smart grid, intelligent grid, control centres EMS, MMS etc)
  • ICT governance within utilities – in-house versus outsourced
  • Information security within the electric power utilities