PES-ICC Meetings

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Please Note: This is a only a listing of the presentations and

  • Opening Session
  • Mini-Expo Vendor
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design – Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • 8:00-8:10 AM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 8:10-8:50 AM “Copolymer WTR insulation systems for wet design OSW inter array cables at 66/69 kV and advancements towards higher voltages” by David Lindsay, Borealis
    • Copolymer water tree retardant (WTR) XLPE materials offer superior performance versus additive WTR insulations commonly used in underground MV cables.  This presentation will review design, performance, and in-service examples for copolymer WTR insulation systems being implemented for wet design offshore wind inter array cables up to 66 kV.  In addition, advancements toward higher voltage levels in support of larger megawatt wind turbines requiring HV collection systems will be discussed.
    • 8:55-9:35 AM “’Reduction of carbon black content with a nouvelle compounding technique’” by Detlef Wald, Eifelkabel By using planetary roll mill extruder, we have developed a compounding technique which more carefully treats the carbon black filler into the base polymer gentler. With this technology we can reduce the carbon black content inside a general purpose semi-conductive compound by approximately 20 %. We could also reduce the melt temperature that much that we could inject the peroxide directly in one process. With this method one can get more freedom in polymer design to adapt the compound better to its needs.’
    • 9:40-10:00 AM “Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) as a Potential Wildfire Mitigation Cable Insulation and Jacket” by Paul Lorigan-M HollandClimate change is creating new environments in which wire and cable must operate. Electric utilities on the west coast of North America have determined that bare overhead high voltage transmission lines can touch in high wind conditions sending sparks on the underlying brush causing wildfires to ignite. There are currently three wildfire mitigation strategies being used by the utilities to prevent the lines from touching and scattering sparks: turning the power off, burying the lines underground and insulating the overhead lines. The insulated overhead lines are known as covered cables, spacer cable or tree wire. These cables currently utilize crosslinked polyethylene plus a track resistant UV masterbatch to meet tracking and UV requirements. These cables are not flame retardant. Common flame retardants adversely affect tracking performance. This paper describes the relevant performance properties of FEP as a potential component and design improvement in wildfire mitigation cables. Test data includes the ASTM D2303 incline plane track resistant test, UL 1581 Xenon Arc Weather-o-meter, flame testing, dielectric strength, dissipation factor, dielectric constant, physical properties, and temperature ratings. FEP is a fully recyclable material.
    • 10:00 -10:15 AM BREAK
    • 10:15-10:35 AM Paul Lorigan continued
    • 10:35-11:15 AM “Cable Rejuvenation History: Document the Past and Shape the Future” by James Steele and Wayne Chatterton, SouthwireA thorough review of Cable Rejuvenation was completed by CEATI in 2017. They concluded that there was a great history and efficacy to the rejuvenation process. They also identified areas that were lacking or just not reviewed at the time. This presentation will give a brief history of the silicone rejuvenation process, major changes in technology to rejuvenation over the years, the success of the over 3 decades of cable rejuvenation and then look at what’s new and up and coming. Topics will include injection of the secondary systems, injection of sub-transmission cables and special circuits as well as the latest foray into the successful injection of thousands of feet of strand-filled conductor cable via a new and unique injection process. Cable rejuvenation is not a new technology but has evolved so much since the first commercial injection in 1987 that it is hardly recognizable. The utilization of cable rejuvenation impacts hardening of the grid for the future.
    • 11:20-12:00 PM “Simulation in cable systems” by Jun Guo, UL SolutionsThe topics covered include thermal gradient and electric field inversion in DC cable, electric field distribution in cables in the presence of water treeing, voids, contamination, and protrusion, electric field distribution in joints under DC and AC conditions, electric field distribution in joints in the presence of defects under DC/AC conditions, and more.
    • 12:00 PM Adjourn
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables – Tuesday, October 31, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    • Using Cable Lubricants To Reduce Friction And Increase Predictability In Cable Tension Estimation” – Sheri Dahlke, VP Research & Development – Polywater.
      Cable lubricants lower the coefficient of friction. This, in turn manages excess tension on the cable and equipment, increasing installation distance. Longer pulls can mean fewer splices and better performance over time. Cable lubricants play a critical role in establishing a realistic coefficient of friction (COF) for cable tension planning. Estimating cable tension during the design phase of an installation allows the project manager to make improvements that can save cost and increase cable reliability. Compiled data from years of friction testing will be shared, including the effect of different materials and other physical factors. Lubricant application and best practices will also be explored.
      Sheri Dahlke serves as VP Research & Development for Polywater where she provides strategic leadership in product development and technical service. Ms. Dahlke’s career spans more than 30 years with the company and she is viewed as an industry forerunner in new product development, particularly in lubricants, adhesives, and cleaners used in the electrical and communications industries. Her passion, knowledge, and expertise in finding innovative solutions makes her a natural partner and trusted advisor to customers who are planning and completing challenging projects.  
    • “Industry Update on Material Issues” – Robert Konnik, VP of Technology & Development, Champlain Cable Corp.
      Because of the disruptions in the markets, there have been many issues sourcing materials in the last few years.  This has been exasperated by environmental regulations and requests on the use of some materials.  Flame retardants such as brominated and chlorinated materials will be reviewed along with some regulations regarding PFAS.  A couple of other specific materials will be reviewed that could affect wire and cable use.  Finally, some information on how these changes may affect the cable will be discussed.
      Robert Konnik is the VP of Technology and Development at Champlain Cable Corporation.  He is an IEEE senior member, Past Chair of IEEE ICC Sub D, Past Chair of IEEE NPEC SC2, Vice Chair of IEEE NPEC, Chair of IEEE 383, Vice Chair of IEEE/IEC 60780-323, Chair of IEEE 690, and member of many IEEE committees.
  • Networking Luncheon – Registration Required – Monday, October 30, 2023, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Testing of Optical Components of Subsea Cables, Jim Guo
    • Replacement of an existing air-insulated substation with a new GIS substation requiring the relocation of the terminations for two 115kV HPFF circuits and one 115kV XLPE circuit to the new station using GIS terminations, Justin Bardwell
    • Project in North of the Rio Grande, Lionel Mendez
    • Cable monitoring in the Champlain project, Stefan Person
  • Educational Program – US Utilities T&D Actual Project Reviews – Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
    • 0.4 CEUs will be offered for this session. You must register to receive CEUs
    • The upcoming Fall 2023 Education Session will present actual project cases from several US utilities covering design, installation, failure repair, and analysis of various T&D cable systems. The session will be interesting for cable system suppliers, contractors, designers, and consultants, and will help to better understand customer needs. Experienced US utility engineers will share their knowledge and experience, solving various problems that occurred during actual cable installation projects and failure repairs. A Q&A session with our panelists will be included.
    • Join us for an enlightening afternoon at the Hyatt Regency hotel, New Orleans on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 1:00-5:00 pm.
  • Training Session
    • Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 AM IEEE SA Mandatory Training for Standard Development Officers (Required of all ICC AdCom members and Working Group officers; all are welcome)
    • Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 AM IEEE MyProject training (Required of Working Group officers who have not participated in any ICC AM training within one year of appointment; all are welcome)