Session 4.2: High Level Technology and Innovative Design for Power System Resilience

June 9th, 2020

Descriptions: Advanced technology application has greatly changed the way we use energy and improved energy system capacity against disaster and emergency situation. Combining modern ICT technologies with power system technologies, renewable energy solutions, power storage, and other applications enable the energy system more resilient through proactive planning, smart controlling, better monitoring, fast locating, and efficient restorage.

Moderator: Jiwan Sharma Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, SEAN, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Scene-Setter Talk: Jiwan Sharma Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, SEAN,  Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Digital Twin Technology for Improved Power Systems Resiliency
Presenter: BenJeMar-Hope Flores, Ph.D. Candidate/Power Systems Researcher, Power Systems Analysis and Control Laboratory - Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Digital Twin technology – an up-to-date digital representation of the physical assets in operation. Experts can understand, predict, and optimize system performance to achieve improved outcomes by combining data modeling, advanced analytics, and industry knowledge. Currently, Digital Twin is being used in operations optimization, predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, and fault isolation among other applications. This presentation discussed some key impacts of Digital Twin application on power systems resiliency.

Is Electric Power Industry Ready for 5G?
Presenter: Qiaoyin Yang, Senior Industrial Solution Manager, Huawei Technologies

5G is positioned as the key technologies to support Energy Internet as a reliable and secure communication infrastructure that provides ubiquitous connectivity for Energy Internet.

This paper first summarizes various existing and future communication services for domains such as generation, transmission, distribution, and power consumption.

The 5G slicing technologies are being standardized by 3GPP and is maturing via pilot projects across the industry. This paper discusses the network architecture design for various applications to provide connectivity or serve as the redundant communication channel to provide improve the communication system reliability and resiliency for the power grid. This paper discusses architectural consideration of slicing at 5G core, transport, and radio access network (RAN), the architectures of 5G user plane and control plane, etc. To support large scale adoption of end-to-end slicing for electric power system applications, this paper also summarizes considerations and key indexes in building and adopting 5G for the electric power grid, including 5G network deployment strategy, deployment methods, and communication slice verification, and operation and management functions.

Lastly, the paper provides a review of existing and ongoing 5G supported smart grid applications, proof of concept projects globally and shares the first line differential protection in distribution and PMU applications over 5G communication networks.

Reinventing the Grid for a Fully Decarbonized and Resilient Future
Presenter: Kyle Datta, Senior Advisor, Roland Berger

Reinventing the Grid will discuss how the transmission and distribution grid would need to be designed to accommodate a fully decarbonized future, while simultaneously coping with climate change acute and chronic impact, using California as a case study. The session encompassed the total system architecture impacts of the changes in physical and operational layer architecture and the advanced technologies that will ultimately be needed to execute this transformation.


  • Noelle O’Brien, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Pacific Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Divina Chingcuanco, Sr. Energy Policy Specialist, RTI International