WEBINAR | STATCOM Equipment Capabilities and Model Validation Required to Meet AEMO Guidelines

WEBINAR | STATCOM Equipment Capabilities and Model Validation Required to Meet AEMO Guidelines

Application of FACTs Devices for Utility, Wind and Industrial Applications

AMSC 4-part webinar series

This is a four-part webinar series, although the previous session is not a prerequisite for the next session, the content shared in previous sessions is useful as we go forward. REGISTRATION FOR SESSION #1 IS NOW OPEN.


SESSION 1 - STATCOM Equipment Capabilities and Model Validation Required to Meet AEMO Guidelines

Speaker: Bilgehan Donmez   |   Date & time: Thursday 21 March, 10am (AEDT) - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

SESSION 2 - Renewable Energy Integration in Australia – Reactive Power Requirements of the New National Electricity Rule

Speaker: Tim Freiberg   |   Date & time: Thursday 11 April, 11am (AEDT)

SESSION 3 - STATCOM Solutions for Voltage Stability and Power Quality Problems

Speaker: Bilgehan Donmez/Ryan Rainville   |   Date & time: Thursday 9 May, 11am (AEDT)

SESSION 4 - Reactive Power and Voltage Management in Distribution Systems – How to Use a Distribution STATCOM for Optimizing Feeder Capacity

Speaker: Ryan Rainville   |   Date & time: Thursday 13 June, 11am (AEDT)


Increased penetration of renewable generation resources (e.g., wind and solar), driven by defined targets for the amount of renewable generation mix, is pushing the performance of today’s transmission grids to new limits in many regions. To ensure a secure and reliable operation of the grid, the Australian utilities and regulators provide direction through their updated interconnection requirements. In this webinar series, reactive power requirements of the new National Electricity Rule (NER) are reviewed for its impact on renewable energy projects.

Meanwhile, on the distribution system, distributed energy sources (DER) in the form of PV solar installations are becoming more prevalent. The existing distribution systems face challenges, including power quality, voltage stability, and reverse power flow.

Solutions that provide secure and reliable power are needed. AMSC is conducting this workshop to increase awareness on the following subjects:

  • STATCOM equipment capabilities and model validation required to meet AEMO guidelines
  • Renewable energy integration, issues and challenges in Australia
  • Voltage collapse/voltage instability, and solutions involving Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS)
  • Reactive power and voltage management using STATCOMs in distribution systems

The workshop will include basic concepts on STATCOMs, renewable energy integration, reactive power compensation, active and reactive power transmission and voltage stability. In-depth analysis of actual voltage stability events along with a discussion on modern methods to prevent such events will be discussed. Attendees will also be able to learn about some of the latest developments in modeling tools and techniques. These techniques will allow power system planners to appropriately identify and address potential problems and ensure compliance of the renewable plants to local codes and requirements.

The workshop is an outstanding opportunity for consultants, engineers and developers who are involved in planning, operation, design, specification, installation and maintenance of transmission and distribution assets, renewable energy or large industrial and mining facilities.


Workshop Network Planning and Applications Team - Serving the Electric Utility Community Worldwide. 

To help customers find solutions to a variety of problems, AMSC’s Network Planning engineers offer a diverse set of skills. This highly experienced team of engineers works closely with utility customers to develop optimized, cost-effective solutions to improve their system reliability. Former utility network planners themselves, they are able to model a system’s characteristics in accurate detail, determine the system response and offer customized solutions to meet the particular requirements of the customer’s system. At AMSC-sponsored workshops that occur throughout the year, the team presents on topics that are pertinent to the industry. Recent workshops have covered solving voltage stability problems and meeting utility grid codes for renewable energy.

Bilgehan Donmez - Lead Engineer, AMSC

Mr. Donmez joined AMSC’s Network Planning and Applications group in 2016. His responsibilities center around technical studies and research on electric power systems, as well as developing computer models and software tools to simulate and analyze power system networks. He is experienced in utilizing load flow, dynamic and electromagnetic transient, and harmonic analyses, to design solutions that address electrical power systems’ challenges and constraints. Prior to joining AMSC he worked for 5 years at ISO New England as a Real-Time Studies Engineer in the Operations Department, where he provided engineering support to the control room for the day to day operation of the New England electric grid. Before the ISO, he worked at National Grid as a Transmission Planning Engineer for 3 years. Mr. Donmez earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the joint engineering program of University of Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis. He received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree there. He is a member of the IEEE and has co-authored and presented papers at IEEE and other professional forums.

Tim Freiberg - Engineer, AMSC

Mr. Freiberg joined American Superconductor in 2008 as a Technical Inside Sales Engineer, and AMSC’s Network Planning and Applications team in 2014. As a Sales Engineer, his responsibilities included specification review and the preparation and pricing of proposals for AMSC’s STATCOM and SVC products. Currently he performs studies for wind farms and other renewable resource interconnection, as well as transmission and distribution voltage stability and load growth. These studies include load flow analyses, harmonic analyses, and dynamic simulations to design reactive compensation solutions. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a member of IEEE.

Ryan Rainville - Engineer, AMSC

Mr. Rainville joined AMSC’s Network Planning and Applications group in 2018. His responsibilities include software modeling and analysis of the electric power system for voltage support, transient stability, and hosting capacity. Prior to joining AMSC he worked 2.5 years in ControlPoint Technologies’ System Planning Group. While there, he evaluated the system impact of intermittent resources on distribution and subtransmission circuits. Before ControlPoint he worked for 3.5 years at Green Mountain Power and managed the technical aspects of distributed generator interconnections from the application stage through commissioning. Mr. Rainville has experience evaluating the dynamic voltage impact of cloud passage and PV, wind variability and turbines, storage resources in frequency regulation markets, and static VAR compensators. His past work also included disturbance analysis, relay coordination studies, arc flash assessment, and microgrid development. He received his B.S degree in electromechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and his Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) certification in the state of Massachusetts.

Event Details

Thursday 21 March 2019

10am AEDT




EESA members: $0
Non-members: $30


EESA VIC Chapter

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