Creating and Integrating Synthetic Inertia into the Network

Creating and Integrating Synthetic Inertia into the Network


Inertia is a property of the grid which limits frequency variations in the case of sudden load or generation changes. With high penetrations of renewable energy, the inherent inertia of the grid is reduced leading to frequency and power system instability. To overcome this problem, synthetic inertia can be introduced into the power system replacing the need for physical inertia.

Today’s presentation will cover the topic of synthetic inertia and its application in the power system. Reference cases and field results will be shared by the presenters to demonstrate the effects synthetic inertia has on the power system and how it can be applied to improve frequency and power system stability.


  • Inertia in the power system
  • Grid following, grid forming and virtual generator converters
  • Frequency response, fast-frequency response and inertia
  • Additional applications (low SCR)
  • References cases and field results


Stephen Sproul – Senior Engineer for Microgrids and Energy Storage, ABB Australia

Stephen is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 10 years experience across the power industry in Australia and abroad. In his role with ABB, he works with customers to conceptualize, design and implement the right microgrid solution to meet the needs of the customer and power system.

Stephen has commissioned STATCOM and energy storage systems in Queensland - to integrate high levels of renewables into the distribution system and defer network reinforcement; designed renewable energy microgrid control systems, with ABB’s R&D team in Italy; developed and tested tools to interconnect multi-megawatt wind famrs in Scotland and helped foster and refine energy storage markets and interconnection rules - such as Rule 21, in California.

Stephen holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Wollongong, a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from JCU and is a previous ES Cornwall scholar.

Stanislav Cherevatskiy – Senior Consulting Engineer for Microgrids and Energy Storage, ABB Australia

Stanislav is an electrical engineer with focus on integration of renewable energy into power systems. Stanislav has been working with ABB’s Microgrid Solutions in Darwin since 2015. Since then, he has worked in R&D, Sales and is now leading the Consultancy group activities. In his work he takes microgrid projects through the complete cycle from conceptual design to grid connection and beyond.

Stanislav has actively engaged in the field and collected experience on both small and large scale microgrid projects. In 2018 he led the control system design, development and system commissioning for the ESCRI-SA 30 MW BESS on the lower Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

Prior to joining ABB, Stanislav worked on smart grid and integration of distributed generation for a consulting company based in Germany.

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Event Details

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Registration from 3pm | Presentation from 3:30pm - 5pm


Energex Building, Brisbane Room

26 Reddacliff Street

Newstead QLD


EESA members: $0
Non-members: $30


QLD Chapter of EESA.

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