The Future of Remotization in the Electric Power Industry

Date: September 28, 2021

Presented by:

Éric Dumont, Senior Advisor – Technological Vision, Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute (CRHQ)

Matthieu Montfrond, Research Engineer, Robotic Group, Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute (CRHQ)

Sergio Gambacorta, Head of Smart City, Innovability, Enel X

Matteo Cantu, Leader, Industry 4.0 Innovation, Enel Global Power Generation

Brady Johnson, Manager, Transmission System and Asset Monitoring, American Electric Power (AEP)

Duration: 60 minutes

Summary

Climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a great concern shared by most organizations in the world today. Electric utilities are not blind to this reality as they are a major player in the expected shift from today’s carbon-based economy towards a green and sustainable carbon-free economy.

Electric utilities will need to adapt and take advantage of new technologies in order to play the critical role they are expected to. Remotization and reliance on various new digital technologies are seen as strategic imperatives that will greatly contribute to the adaptation of utilities to new economic realities and constraints.

This webinar aims to present the opportunities provided by the deployment of remotization technologies in the electric utility business. The webinar will cover:

  • Drivers to change based on current and future context of utilities
  • Potential applications and expected benefits
  • Use cases showcasing how remotization is already a reality in many applications.
  • Drivers and barriers for the adoption of these technologies
  • Review of the ecosystem needed to overcome challenges in technology development and deployment.

About the speakers

Éric Dumont

Mr Dumont is Senior advisor – Technological vision at Hydro-Québec research institute. Professional Engineer, he holds a bachelor and a Master’s degree in Applied Sciences from the University of Sherbrooke.  In more than 25 years with Hydro-Québec, he has worked as researcher and research manager, he wrote more than 25 research reports, mainly in the field of energy end-uses. Being involved in both electric utility core business and end-uses, he developed a large vision of what could be the electric power system of tomorrow.

Matthieu Montfrond

Mr Matthieu Montfrond is a research engineer in the Robotic group at Hydro-Québec’s Research Institute (CRHQ). He obtained a diploma in mechanical systems engineering from the Compiègne University of Technology in France, in 1998. Since then, he has been employed at Hydro-Québec, where he worked on the development of diverse inspection systems. He specializes in mechanical conception, kinematic simulation and project management. He is currently leading the Research Institute drone projects and has recently developed a drone capable of landing and rolling on energized conductor up to 315kV to deploy CRHQ contact probes

Sergio Gambacorta

Innovation Manager with 15+ years of experience in ideation, design and development of digital solutions.
Since 2017 he’s in charge of Enel X Smart City Innovation Competence Center – with main responsibilities liked to smart city technological scouting & new products set-up and validation. He has previously covered Innovation roles in OTT and Telco multinational companies and Public Organizations. Since 2014 he has been appointed in the Independent Expert Panel for Smart City & Digital Innovation areas by the European Commission and by European Innovation Technology (EIT). His areas of expertise include Smart Cities solution design,  Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, Public Lighting remote control & digital systems, Communication and Information Technologies Program Management.

Matteo Cantu

Matteo Cantu,  chemical engineer, joined Enel in 2007. He is currently leading Industry 4.0 Innovation inside Enel Global Power Generation, scouting and developing solutions in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Robotics, Sensors and IoT to increase competitiveness, safety and sustainability of Enel power generation assets, from construction to end of life. He is also in charge of Innovation on Thermal Generation assets at global scale, main projects being in the field of advanced diagnostics, efficiency and flexibility. His areas of expertise include ancillary services and power systems regulation, modelling of power system, diagnostics systems for operational efficiency, anomaly detection and early fault detection, robotics & artificial intelligence.

Brady Johnson

Mr. Brady Johnson is the Manager of the Transmission System and Asset Monitoring team at American Electric Power (AEP).  He obtained a B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology in 2005 from DeVry University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2015 from The University of Toledo.  He was a Research and Development Engineer on thin-film solar cell technology before joining AEP in 2016.  Since then, his focus on the Transmission System and Asset Monitoring team has been primarily surrounding the deployment and analysis of Transformer and Reactor Monitoring equipment and its data.

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