CIGRE AU NGN Webinar: Introduction to LCC HVDC Transmission

Introduction to LCC HVDC Transmission

Presented by Michael Dalzell of Transpower

The CIGRE Australia NGN is excited to invite you to our October webinar on LCC HVDC transmission!  The detailed event flyer with presenter bio and presentation synopsis is available here.

The presentation, which will be run by Michael Dalzell, will explain some of the basics of HVDC transmission with a focus on the classical line commutated converter (LCC) technology.

You can register to attend this Webinar via the link below.

When: 13th October 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 AEDT (Mel/ Syd)
Where: Online Webinar (GoToMeeting)

We are now using Eventbrite to manage our event registrations.  Once registered, you will receive an automated “Order Confirmation Ticket”.  Please scroll down to the end of that email for details on how to join the event.
Presentation Synopsis

This webinar will cover the basics of HVDC transmission with a focus on the classical Line Commutated Converter (LCC) technology utilising thyristor valves. Most under construction HVDC projects are now utilising the newer Voltage Source Converter (VSC) technology, however LCC is prevalent in existing systems and still utilised for high power applications in new projects.

CIGRE Paris Session 2022 NGN Showcase Timeline

Submissions for the Australian CIGRE NGN nominations for the 2022 Paris Session NGN Showcase are now open!

Applications are now open to NGN members for the 2022 NGN Showcase event at the Paris session.  This is a great opportunity to present at an international forum.  Successful applicants will be required to prepare a presentation and a paper in the area of one of the CIGRE preferred subjects for the 2022 Session.

We encourage you to review the below documentation and put forward a presentation and paper detailing your recent technical work, for an opportunity to present on an international stage in Paris, France and attend the entire week-long conference. 

Successful applicants will  receive free registration to the event and support in Paris.  (Note:  Successful applicants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation arrangements)  Applications will remain open until the 26th of November 2021.

Note the following changes for 2022:

  1. Full papers are now required for all candidates (10 page maximum).
  2. All candidates must be Individual I, Individual II or Student CIGRE members.  Collective memberships will no longer be accepted.  Please have your members apply even if they are in the process of obtaining membership.  CIGRE is in the process of launching a new membership portal that should make obtaining membership much easier and quicker in the near future.

See below for the draft 2022  showcase timeline:

  • September 15, 2021:  Email Secretary General of CIGRE, Philippe Adam, to invite all national committees to participate and nominate candidates for the NGN Presentation Showcase.  See email and invitation below.
  • December 17, 2021:  It is recommended that National Committees confirm their participation in the 2022 NGN Presentation Showcase event to the showcase coordinator.
  • January 24, 2022:  Each participating country should complete the nomination of their candidates.
  • January 24, 2022:  SC Chairs begin to review the submissions.
  • March 25, 2022:  The SC Chairs should complete the selection process and should inform the showcase coordinator of their decisions.
  • March 29, 2022:  The coordinator will inform the candidates about which NGN Presentation Showcase slots they have been allocated, or if they have not been allocated a slot.
  • April 8, 2022:  Each selected candidate must inform the NGN Showcase Coordinator if he or she intends to participate in the NGN Presentation Competition.
  • May 2, 2022:  The NGN Showcase Coordinator will inform all NGN Presentation Competition candidates of their scheduled presentation times during the NGN Presentation Competition.
  • July 2022:  SC Chairs to provide final program to the NGN Showcase Coordinator. NGN Showcase Coordinator to give presenters notice on presentation time and venue.
  • August 2022:  NGN Showcase presentations and NGN Presentation Competition at the Centennial Session.

Submissions for Australian NGN nominations for the NGN showcase should be sent to


Submissions will be open until COB 26th November 2021. Successful applicants will receive free registration to the session.


Supporting information downloads

Please note, the paper template is the 2020 paper template to use as a guide for now.  The 2022 paper template has not yet been released.  It will be uploaded to KMS as soon as it is available.

Invitation to NCs for showcase:

Invitation to NCs for the NGN Showcase 2022

Showcase flyer:


Showcase guidelines:


Preferential subjects

C2 – 2022 Paris Session Preferential Subjects

PowerPoint presentation template:

C3 – 2022 NGN Presentation Showcase Template

Template paper:

D2 – Paper Template NGN Presentation Showcase 2022

Supporting information template:

E – Supporting Information Document 2022 – Template

Showcase feedback form (indicates how papers will be assessed):

Feedback Form 2022

For more information on the showcase, see the previous post.

Clean Energy Sector Workforce Diversity Survey

The Clean Energy Council, Australian Power Institute and Electrical Trades Union of Australia have partnered to launch the first industry-wide Survey of Workforce Diversity in the Clean Energy Sector to better understand the makeup of the Australian renewable energy workforce.

We are inviting individuals working at our member companies to complete this survey and help us map the diversity of the Australian renewable energy workforce.

The survey will take 5-10 minutes, is voluntary, strictly confidential and anonymous. It will close on the 10th September 2021.

If you need another reason to fill out the survey? We are collectively donating $1 for each response to a maximum of $1000 to the Go Foundation to support the work they do for Indigenous youth through education.

Take the Survey

Australian Power Institute (API) POWERful WOMEN Leadership Program

POWERful WOMEN is a new industry-focused and delivered leadership program focused on technically oriented roles in the power sector that will assist over 200 female professionals, graduates, and undergraduate students to build job-focused skills and knowledge, career plans and leadership capabilities and paths.

The program is led by the Australian Power Institute and supported by our 20+ industry members with financial support from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women.

The program links to the API’s flagship annual residential Summer School and includes a Professionals pathway for emerging female leaders and an Early Career pathway for the next generation of female leaders in the power sector. Part and full scholarships are available each year for 15x Professionals (Professional pathway), and 20x Graduates and 30x Undergraduates (Early Career Pathway) for 2022-2024.

The API is currently seeking expressions of interest for:

  • Women interested in the Professional pathway and Summer School in February 2022, with 15 scholarships available (worth $160,000+ for 3x full and 12x partial scholarships).
  • Undergrad and graduate women interested in the Early Career Pathway that will open in September.
  • Professionals interested in contributing to the POWERful Women Steering Committee
  • Professionals interested in contributing to content in the program

Register your interest here to receive more details and an invite to an online Info session on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 12.30pm AEST.

More information below and in the program flyer.


NGN Webinar: Overcoming Protection, Control, and Stability Challenges in Microgrids and DERs

Webinar: Overcoming Protection, Control, and Stability Challenges in Microgrids and DERs

Presented by Michael Higginson and Saeed Kamalinia

When: 09:00 am  AEST, 15th September 2021
Where: GoToMeeting Webinar
Register here

Presentation Synopsis

Grid Modernization can include various aspects, including microgrid and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration.DERs in stand-alone applications, or in microgrid applications, can be a key component of resilient power systems.Designing, implementing, and operating such systems can introduce unique challenges.In this presentation, S&C will share experiences and lessons learned from designing, implementing, and operating several cutting-edge and award-winning microgrids and DER applications.S&C will discuss key engineering design components and analytical studies required for successful integration of modern microgrids, including selection and integration of DERs, advanced microgrid protection and controls, and communication systems.

Download the brochure for more information.


CIGRE NGN Call for Technical Presentations for the Virtual Session NGN Exhibition Booth

As part of the 2021 Virtual Session, the NGN will be supporting a virtual exhibition booth.  Part of the virtual exhibition booth will be used to showcase technical presentations by NGN members from around the world that delegates will be able to access at their convenience.  We encourage NGN members to submit recorded technical presentations using the guidelines below.

  1. Please create a 5-10 minute technical presentation with voice over using the instructions attached (please do not exceed 10 minutes in length).
  2. Please use the attached template for your presentation.
  3. Please upload completed presentations to the link below on KMS by 1 August, if possible, to provide enough time for the presentations to be reviewed and posted.  We may still be able to review and post presentations after this time, but it cannot be guaranteed.

Completed Technical Presentations:



Guidance for Recording PPT with voice over

CIGRE 2022 NGN Presentation Showcase Flyer

Guidelines for the 2022 NGN Presentation Showcase have just been sent out, refer attached flyer. This Showcase will take place during the 2022 Paris Session in August/September 2022.

Full guidelines will be sent to all the National Committees in early September 2021.

Also, please note there is now a requirement for candidates to submit full papers as part of their application materials.


CIGRE NGN IEC: COP26 – United Nations Climate Summit

The main international COP26 event is in November and this Youth Conference will be a virtual event held at the beginning of September (7th and 8th).

Details are still being developed, however there are a few opportunities for NGN members to get involved;

  1. Develop potential topics for the two day event (see COP26 – September 2021 – Next Generation Network – International – CIGRE Groups)
  2. Attend teleconferences pertaining to each of the 4 workstreams (see above link)
  3. Nominate yourself as a speaker at the digital event
  4. Provide ideas for content that can be shared at the virtual exhibition stand (COP26 Virtual Stand – Next Generation Network – International – CIGRE Groups)

Feel free to reach out to the current NGN co-chairs discuss your potential involvement further.

Youth Engineering Conference Marketing.pdf

CIGRE Session 2022: Call for Papers


The Preferential Subjects can be downloaded from HERE.

Synopsis Template

The template to be used in preparing the synopsis can be downloaded HERE

All Synopsis must be emailed to  to arrive no later than midnight AEST (Brisbane time)  26th March 2021.

Please include the Study Committee and the Preferential subject code in the email HEADER  – eg   A1-PS2  ;  C6-PS1

Recommendations for the preparation of synopsis

Please ensure you READ page 3 & 4 of the preferential subject document (information and recommendations) to ensure you understand the requirement    and timing associated with the process.

1. Keywords

3 to 10 words or phrases

2. Text

Description of the proposed paper – not less than 500 words.

Please explain the benefits to be gained by reading this paper.

Please use plain text only – no formatting, no images in this section.

This will normally be your introduction section in the final paper.

Authors should reference the Preferential Subject listing HERE to ensure the abstract aligns with one or more of the preferential topics.

Submissions to be sent to  & include Study Committee and the Preferential subject code in the email HEADER to arrive prior to midnight Brisbane time (AEST) 26 March 2021.


Time frame – 2022 Paris Papers

26  March 2021 –      Synopsis lodged to CIGRE Australia
30  April   2021-       Synopsis lodged by CIGRE Australia to the CIGRE Paris office ( after checking/selection and confirmation of any questions with authors)
2    July    2021 –      Paris Office notify of accepted Synopsis
12    December 2021- Final Papers to CIGRE Australia
7    January  2022 –   Final Papers to Paris Office
21-26 August 2022 –   Paris Session

NOTE: It is expected that if a paper is accepted,  that Author will attend the Paris Session 2022.