PES-ICC Meetings

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

  • Opening Session

  • Mini-Expo Vendors

    • 3M
    • AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world’s demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy™.  AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems, such as superconductor cable based Resilient Electric Grid (REG) Solutions, that optimize network reliability, capacity and performance. The Company’s solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally and are enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit
    • AP Sensing is a world leader in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing, Distributed Acoustic and Distributed Temperature Sensing, technology, equipment and systems.
      At ICC, we will discuss and demonstrate DTS and DAS technology as it applies to EHV/HV Power Cable Monitoring applications.   We will demonstrate AP Sensing’s SmartVision (SCADA) Software Platform.  SmartVision turns real-time, distributed measurement data into actionable knowledge.  SmartVision, using Real Time Thermal Ratings, automatically measures, interprets and alarms on adverse power cable conditions (hot spots, exposed subsea cable sections) and third party interference (excavation, directional drilling, subsea threats such as anchor strikes, vibration and ice scour) that leads to physical damage or deterioration of the power cable.   For more information, please see us online at  In North or Latin America, call Greg McElyea (+1-214-471-3460).
    • Baker Hughes
    • EA Technology USA – EA technology is world leader in substation condition monitoring and a pioneer in on-line non-invasive testing of cables, towers, switchgear, and other substation assets.  Our Cable Data Collector system provides a simple way to perform partial discharge testing of cables in service with a minimum of training.  Expert analysis of collected data can be done back in the office by EA Technology or in house by your engineers.  Our Cable Sniffer allows easy location of faulted underground cables without the use of thumper technology.
    • Elecnor Hawkeye is a respected leader in construction services.  Our Underground Transmission group specializes in the installation, repair and maintenance of UG high voltage cable,  including XLPE and HPFF. With state-of-the-art equipment, including cable pull winches up to 80k HPFF, Elecnor Hawkeye can handle any size job, in any location. The leadership team of the UG group has decades of experience and understands the importance of working safe and delivering quality workmanship to its customers. For further information visit their web site at
    • Furukawa Electric
    • G&W Electric Company G&W Electric has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry since 1905. Our product offerings include cable terminations, cable joints, load and fault interrupting switchgear, automatic circuit reclosers, SCADA and distribution automation products and high current limiting system protection devices. Stop by the mini expo to see our new line of PYTHON™ cable accessories featuring the mechanical shrink installation method. For more information visit
    • HIGHVOLT – HIGHVOLT produces high voltage AC, DC and Impulse Test Systems and specializes in Test Equipment for Power Transformers, Cables and all Electrical Apparatus with the highest levels of customer support and engineering excellence. Table Top presentations will include Cable Test solutions for Field and Factory High Voltage testing including details on Mobile High Voltage Resonant Test systems for HV Cables.
    • HV Diagnostics, Inc is a world leading provider of high voltage electrical test equipment to the electrical testing industry. Using state of the art advanced technology, we provide high performance field test equipment that is rugged, reliable, and easy to use. Our signature products include the top selling fully automatic high voltage VLF (Very Low Frequency), TD (Tan Delta) Diagnostic, PD (Partial Discharge) Diagnostic, and Dielectric Oil test instruments. We are also recognized for our “hands on” field proven, technical expertise ensuring excellent support for all our customers
    • HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc.  (HVT), has many years of experience and dedication in serving the testing equipment needs for the power utility, power apparatus, and electronic equipment industries. We have been the exclusive BAUR sales and service partner in the USA since 2008.  Come by our booth to see how our range of VLF, VLF TD, and VLF TD PD testing systems can assist you with your cable system performance optimization. We also carry a comprehensive portfolio of Cable Identification, Cable Location, TDR, Fault Location, and AC and DC Hi Pot instruments. For those interested in Insulating Fluids Testing we have Dielectric and Dissipation Factor Instruments that are designed for Lab and Field use. HVT, located in Manassas, Virginia, is a leading supplier of High Voltage and EMC Test Equipment and solutions.
    • ILJIN Electric USA, located in Houston, TX is a Korea-based power cable system manufacturer. We specialize in Extra High Voltage underground XLPE power cable system up to 400kV and deliver our solution to the US and international utilities. We also provide integrated service from engineering to construction as a general contractor. We strive to provide our every customer with best cable service and solution. Please visit our website at for more information.
    • Kinectrics “Kinectrics’ established industry experts provide clients worldwide with comprehensive, independent life cycle management solutions in a broad range of technical disciplines across the energy sector. This includes engineering and testing services for Transmission and Distribution Technologies and Generation Plants (Nuclear, Fossil, Hydro and Wind). Our proven expertise includes on-site commissioning and maintenance testing for HV and MV underground cables, including established techniques such as AC Hi-Pot/Withstand, Partial Discharge, VLF Tangent Delta (Tan δ) and Dielectric Spectroscopy.  Kinectrics’ has a fleet of high-power 260kV Mobile Resonant Test Systems for HV transmission cable withstand AC Hi-Pot Testing, as well as numerous additional unique mobile test systems (including advanced diagnostics) for MV generation plant or distribution system cable aging management/condition assessment. Kinectrics also offers additional leading-edge capabilities for HV and MV cables including “one-stop” High Voltage / High Current lab facilities for qualification testing to international standards and custom cable R&D programs, forensic services including advanced material and chemical testing capabilities, and specialized consulting including advanced modeling/simulation capabilities. Kinectrics’ specialists in generation, transmission, distribution, and environmental technologies use innovative science and engineering to help clients improve business.
    • LIOS Technology is the global leader in the development and supply of state-of-the-art Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry based Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring systems. Building on an innovative development in the field of fiber optic sensor engineering, LIOS provides customized solutions in various markets for modern asset management and global condition monitoring. LIOS EN.SURE DTS monitoring system and RTTR (Real Time Thermal Rating) calculation engine enable utilities to locate precisely and before failure hot spots along transmission lines up to 70km single-ended, to optimize in a dynamic way power cable load and to ensure reliable power supply. With more than 4,000 installations worldwide, LIOS sets the benchmark in reliability (MTBF > 33-years) and track record in the Utility transmission & distribution power cable monitoring industry.
    • LS Cable America
    • Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of power utility cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide.  From low voltage to extra-high-voltage power cables and accessories, Nexans is leading the way in energizing the North American T&D system.
    • NKT High Voltage Cables
    • Novinium is the only full-service power cable expert that partners with utility companies of all sizes to keep their networks operating at peak performance, using the most advanced, capital-efficient, environmentally friendly methods available. Novinium’s founder and CEO invented the revolutionary technology behind underground cable rejuvenation 30+ years ago, and the company continues to champion ways to keep power flowing to those who depend on it.  Learn more at
    • Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative (PDi2) is a recently-formed 501(c)(6), not-for-profit professional association whose aim is to collect and use data to provide an objective means to evaluate power infrastructure investments from the perspective of life-cycle costs to determine which power delivery solutions – overhead or underground – to employ. Our focus is to become a working group that actively engages with our members and outside resources to develop data models that support our mission – and then communicates the results to help the industry make objective decisions about construction options for power infrastructure. For more information visit
    • Phenix Technologies designs and manufactures electrical testing equipment for testing Cables, Transformers, Motors, Generators, Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Insulation Materials, GIS/Switchgear, Utility Worker’s Rubber Goods/Protective Gear.  We have delivered test equipment to 110 countries and our Service and Calibration Department travels worldwide to assist customers during and after equipment installation.  Phenix Technologies 85,000 square-foot headquarters is located in Maryland, USA with additional offices located in Basel, Switzerland and Taipei, Taiwan; plus, a network of representatives are located across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries to support our customers.  Phenix Technologies offers a wide range of high voltage, high current, high power testing solutions, 40+ years of experience, and is ISO9001 quality compliant.  Visit us at our exhibit to discuss your testing requirements or visit to review our complete product line and capabilities.
    • Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. The Group operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors.
    • Qingdao Hanhe Cable, China’s industry leader in HV & EHV cables and accessories.  Our products ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage covering industry specific application for Nuclear Power Plant, Energy/Utility, Mining, Offshore/Submarine, Petro-chemical refineries, High-speed Rail, Shipboard, and telecommunication.  Various samples of EPR/XLPE insulated overhead, underground, and submarine cable including our 500kV XLPE cable will be on display.
    • Sumitomo Electric USA Inc. – J-Power Systems Corporation is the Japanese leading manufacturing company of extra high voltage power cables and accessories. We are the leaders of the latest advance power transmission technology such as HVDC cable up to 500kV, HVAC underground/submarine cable up to 500kV,  and various advanced challenging installation technology such as XLPE cable installed in long distance HDD. We will be showing some of the sample cables and our in-house developed DTS system.
    • Taihan Electric USA Ltd., is the U.S. subsidiary of Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd, the first cable manufacturer in South Korea and one of the leading cable manufacturers in the world.  We manufacture various cables ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage and Accessories.  Taihan Electric also provides EHV engineering solutions and installation services.  We will be showcasing various cable samples including our 500 kV XLPE Underground Cable. For more information please contact us at 562-946-8500 or visit us at
    • Techimp is a global provider of partial discharge (PD) diagnostic testing and monitoring equipment and testing services. We are a leading provider of HV and EHV underground cables commissioning testing services (AC Hi-Pot and PD) using advanced analysis software providing effective and on the spot diagnoses. Techimp has also pioneered and is the global leader in permanent PD monitoring installations for underground HV/EHV cables, including 500 kV. Additionally, we are the leader in effective online diagnostics for aged Distribution cables and switchgear. Techimp also provides PD monitoring of Substation transformers and GIS.
    • Underground Solutions, Inc. Provides the only fusible PVC conduit and casing systems for trenchless installation of underground transmission lines. These systems significantly reduce power ampacity loss compared to steel and provide additional benefits over other thermoplastics. These include high tensile strength for longer directional drill crossings, superior buckling pressure capacity, excellent thermal resistivity, low coefficient of friction and simplicity of reconnection with standard PVC conduit. For more information, stop by our booth and visit our website at
    • USi provides engineering services and advanced technology products for the electric power delivery industry. Successfully supporting the industry for almost 30 years, the USi staff has extensive experience and qualifications in the disciplines of: real-time monitoring, diagnostic, alarm and control system projects, long term general maintenance and emergency support services. USi offers strong electrical and electronic equipment design capabilities, and in-house design and manufacturing of custom engineered systems including custom control software programming. USi is unique; in addition to designing, fabricating, installing and maintaining custom engineered products, the staff provides the expertise to integrate with and support customer’s existing monitoring and control systems. USi offers the full range of services from staff training to total project execution packages.
    • W.A. Chester, L.L.C. is the industry-leading electrical contractor for the installation, maintenance and repair of underground high voltage pipe-type and solid dielectric cable transmission and distribution systems. Founded in the 1930’s, our clients include electric utility companies and independent power producers in the United States and Canada and we are one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester, L.L.C. has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems. For more information, please visit our website at
    • Walker US, Inc. – A Utility Solutions Company – Family owned and operated since 1970, Walker is a leading provider of pressurizing, circulating and cooling plants for underground pipe-type cable transmission systems.  Design, engineering, construction, installation, testing and commissioning are all within Walker’s scope of supply.  Please visit our website at for more info on our HPFF specific products and services including our HPFF cable asset “life extension and reliability enhancement” capabilities.  Walker US, Inc. is proud to be a woman-owned small business and WBE certificate holder.
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • Welcome – Yingli Wen, Con Edison; Brent Richardson, Dow Chemical
    • 8:05 – 8:45 AM – Hydro-Quebec’s Program on Reduced-Wall High-Stress MV TRXLPE Cables Part 1 Objectives and Design – Jacques Cote*, Hydro-Quebec; Chinh Dang, Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Quebec; Pierre-Marc Leblanc, General Cable; Bill Temple, General Cable; Paul Caronia, Dow Chemical
      Abstract: This is the first part of a series of presentations on the design and testing of reduced-wall high-stress medium voltage (MV) TRXLPE cables for Hydro-Québec. This- first presentation will outline the objectives and benefits of using reduced-wall high-stress MV cables. The constraints and design of the cables, for future use and for full qualification, will also be presented.
    • 8:45 – 9:25 AM – Hydro-Quebec’s Program on Reduced-Wall High-Stress MV TRXLPE Cables Part 2 Experimental Testing – Chinh Dang*, Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Quebec; Jacques Cote, Hydro-Quebec; Peirre-Marc Leblanc, General Cable; Bill Temple, General Cable; Paul Caronia, Dow Chemical
      Abstract: This is the second part of a series of presentations on the design and testing of reduced-wall high-stress medium voltage (MV) TRXLPE cables for Hydro-Québec. This presentation will describe the overall experimental test program which included a number of accelerated aging and mechanical tests. These tests were carried out on cables and accessories with the primary goal of assessing the performance of the future cable system design.
    • 9:25 – 10:05 AM – Better Next Year –Jason McCary, Sumadhu Arigala, David Busby, Mark Newton and Glen J. Bertini* of Novinium, Inc.
      Abstract: For over three decades cable rejuvenation using dialkoxysilane fluids has been the most capital efficient method to prevent cable failure due to aging resulting from all manner of defects including but not limited to water treeing, electrical treeing, and manufacturing defects.  Over the last decade rejuvenation has surpassed replacement as the most utilized method of rehabilitation. The work presented in this paper utilizes very large data sets to compare the post-installation reliability of rejuvenation and replacement.
    • 10:05 – 10:20 AM — Break
    • 10:20 – 11:35 AM – SubA Business and Awards Presentation, Yingli Wen and Brent Richardson
    • 10:35 – 11:15 AM – Intelligent Undergrounding at San Diego Gas & Electric, Jon Erickson*, San Diego Gas & Electric
      Abstract: This presentation will discuss various aspects of the underground medium voltage electric distribution system at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Included will be a discussion of the reasons for the expansion of the underground electric distribution system from the 1960’s until today with the result being that more than 60% of the electric distribution system is underground. There will be a discussion of the aging unjacketed cable system and how it is being addressed by proactive cable replacement. Water in underground structures has resulted in extended outage time due to the necessity of waiting for pumper trucks to remove water from the structure prior to fault locating. The development of a new water filter sleeve to address this issue will be discussed. Infrared inspection of underground cable connectors is an important operating practice prior to entering manholes or other substructures. SDG&E’s operating practice will be discussed and infrared camera examples of elevated temperatures in 600 amp tee connections will be presented. SDG&E has greatly expanded the use of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system in the last 30 years on the overhead and underground electric distribution system to remotely restore service much faster than in the past. The deployment of this SCADA system will be discussed.
    • 11:15 – 11:55 AM – Crosslinked Polyethylene Material Technology with Reduced Volatile Byproducts, Yabin Sun and Paul Caronia*, Dow Chemical
      Abstract: Crosslinking of polyethylene-based insulating materials provides a means to increase temperature ratings (ampacity) of the manufactured cable.  For medium voltage distribution and higher voltage transmission applications polyethylene crosslinking with dialkyl peroxide initiators has become the dominant chemistry, and the use dicumyl peroxide provides reaction kinetics which are very well suited to the power cable manufacturing process.  However, crosslinking with dicumyl peroxide yields undesirable byproducts, such that additional manufacturing processes and/or time are required for sufficient removal of these byproducts prior to completion and testing of the finished cable.  New crosslinking chemistry has been developed which significantly reduces the amount of byproducts in a manufactured cable, and thereby reduces the required time for subsequent cable manufacturing processes.
    • 11:55 – 12:00 PM – Closing and adjure
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories, Monday, May 8, 2017, 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

    • 9:25AM – 9:55 AM – “Knifeless Cable Preparation Technology, A Utility Perspective” By Aaron Norris, BC Hydro
      This presentation will cover the implementation of knifeless cable preparation technology at BC Hydro. An overview of the development and implementation process will be provided, key business drivers will be highlighted, challenges will be shared and outcomes will be presented.
      Aaron Norris obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He joined BC Hydro in 2004 as an Engineer in Training where he is now a Senior Engineer in the Distribution Standards Division, specializing in medium voltage cable systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Aaron is a senior member of the ICC and is currently serving as vice-chair for working groups B01 and B22.
    • 9:55AM – 10:30AM – “Understanding Electrical Stress Plots: What They Show as Well as Their Limitations” By Glenn Luzzi, Richards Mfg.
      Developing electrical stress profiles of medium and high voltage components is a tool widely used for many reasons including design and development of new component designs as well as for understanding product failure modes not readily understandable otherwise. However, many times such analysis is performed to justify or present a design without offering the necessary criteria which justify the values observed in the stress analysis. This presentation tries to show what information can be extracted from a stress plot as well as the limitations of such analysis.
      Glenn Luzzi graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in June of 1972 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree.  He began his 45 year career in power engineering with The Okonite Company as a Research Engineer in the High Voltage laboratory until October of 1978.  He then joined Elastimold as a joint and separable connector Product Design Engineer and ultimately their Director of Engineering heading up the design and development efforts for joints, separable connectors, submersible current-limiting fuses and vacuum switchgear.  He joined Richards Manufacturing Company in 1999 as Manager of the medium voltage product line.  He authored or co-authored 31 U.S. patents as well as several pending patent applications.  He is a Life Member of IEEE, a member of the Insulated Conductors Committees and served as Chairman for the revisions to IEEE 404, for 18 years.
    • 10:45AM – 11:15AM – “Latest Development for HV AC Cable Accessories – challenges and trends” Ruben Grund, PFISTERER
      Power requirement and therefore distribution is changing. Urbanization leads to new structures and the integration of electricity generated by renewable sources require new concepts and an optimized infrastructure. This paper describes these challenges and possibilities solving them. The need for a higher transmission capacity is obvious, nevertheless there are physical restrictions. Increase of conductor cross section is not only limited by transportation and cable laying but mainly influenced by the skin effect. Cable manufacturers have developed different approaches to reduce this effect. One option is to optimize the conductor segments by insulating them from one another, another Option is insulation of every single wire of a conductor which is then a so called “enameled conductor”. These optimizations offer clear advantages in reference to current carrying capability but connection of such a cable is difficult. The electrical contact requires every single wire to be connected whereas overall size of the contact element is critical. A possible solution is a front surface connector which will be discussed in further detail in the paper. Furthermore qualification and testing in reference to applicable standards will be discussed.
      Nowadays maximum voltage level for AC network is at 550kV. Accessories are available and being used. Cable Terminations as a connection to an Over headline and Cable Joints to interconnect cables. A new approach is taking the pluggable system into this voltage range. By using the pluggable system a gas or oil -filled environment and the cable is being separated. This under mechanical and thermal considerations. Furthermore separation does not only allow cables to be connected but also usage of pluggable bushings. These pluggable bushings consist of RIP (resin impregnated paper) or RIS (resin impregnated synthetic) active part and a connecting system similar to the pluggable system. Usage of this system allows emergency and temporary use adding additional requirements in view of testing and operation.
      Ruben Grund (M,80’) holds a electrical engineering degree from the University of Applied Science. He started his career in the Automotive industry performing car measurements. 2006 he changed into the field of Power distribution and transmission being a Project Manager at international projects. 2008 he became Product Manager for the High Voltage pluggable system (CONNEX). Since 2013 he has been heading the Technology department of Cable Accessories, which includes development, research, product management and a high voltage test lab.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • 8:00 – 8:15 AM – Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 8:15 – 9:40 AM – “The first installation of 500kV XLPE cable system in North America,” by Hunly Chy, Southern California Edison, Forest Rong, Black & Veatch
      This presentation will discuss the first installation of 500kV XLPE cable system in North America. Throughout three and half years engineering and construction process after approval by CPUC, the project is now completed and the line is energized. The project team will share their experience on the design and construction challenges during the project execution, including qualification of cable supplier, protecting the cable from thermal mechanical bending forces, access road and duct bank in the hilly terrain, horizontal directional drills, cable trench and transition station, and final commissioning test.
    • 8:40 – 9:05 AM – “Introduction of very large aluminum conductors in The Netherlands,” by Lawrence Lamballais, Prysmian Netherlands B.V.
      The highly urbanized western part of the Netherlands (i.e. the Randstad conurbation) produces a large and growing amount of electricity, but is also a major importer of electricity (among others via the subsea cable between the UK and the Netherlands). To assure a reliable grid, the national transmission network requires a new 380 kV high-voltage connection between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The construction is ongoing since 2006 and includes a major undergrounding of existing 150 kV overhead lines and constructions of several new intermediate substations.
      The last part of the project exists of the installation of a 36 miles 380 kV connection near Amsterdam Airport of which 5,8 mile is installed underground using 12 cables  with 6,000 kcmil and 7,000 kcmil aluminum conductors instead of the traditional copper conductors 4,000 kcmil and 5,000 kcmil. The Netherlands have almost 40 years of experience with the use of aluminum conductors up to 5,000 kcmil in XLPE (E)HV cables up to 380 kV.
    • 9:05 – 9:30 AM – “Diluent for Use in Rejuvenation of Large Cables,” by Jason McCary, Novinium
      Pursuant of strategies for mitigating the risk of supersaturation in cable rejuvenation, this report evaluated nine materials as diluents for large cables: a mixture of functional silanes (CB), dimethyl silane fluids  (5CS and 10 CS),  2-heptanone (MAK), ethoxybenzene (PhOEt), dioctyl ether (Octyl2O), Aromatic 200, diethylene glycol dibutyl ether (BuDG), and tetraethylene glycol dimethyl ether (TG). Solubility of MAK, PhOEt, Octyl2O, Aromatic 200, and BuDG in polyethylene was too high to allow their use as diluents. CB, 5CS, and 10CS exude very slowly, even at 70°C. TG exudes slowly at 24°C, but diffuses out much more rapidly at elevated temperatures, addressing an issue of liquid remaining in a cable long after treatment. CB, 5CS, and 10CS gave two phase systems when they were mixed 50:50 with 732/80, eliminating them as potential diluents; however, TG produced a homogeneous solution with 732/80 before and after hydrolysis. The viscosity of TG is lower than 732/80, which improves the flowability of the fluid.
    • 9:30 – 9:55 AM – “Bergen Linden Corridor Project (BLC),” by Dennis Johnson, POWER Engineers, Inc.
      This presentation will discuss the challenges associated with the PSEG Bergen – Linden Corridor UG project. This project consists of installing 20 miles of duct bank for a 345 kV cable in a very urbanized area.
    • 9:55 – 10:15 AM – Break
    • 10:15 – 10:40 AM – “Non-Cementitious Thermal Grout (No-SetTM) for Underground High Voltage Transmission Lines,” by Ron Halderman, Mears Group
      As a part of a record-setting installation The Mears Group was tasked with designing, engineering and installing thermal grout in the annular space around four 10-inch HDPE cable conduits inside a 30” ID fusible PVC casing pipe.  Due to the length (7020 feet) and very challenging logistics, it was apparent that conventional cement-based grout would be difficult to effect “complete” fill while working under the relatively short “set up” time.  A “tremie” method has generally been used to pump thermal grout into the annular space in shorter installations; however, “complete” fill is always a concern.  As a response the project team elected to research and develop a thixotropic “non-cementitious” grout that did not have a critical time for installation.  This presentation will outline the development path for this unique thermal grout and discuss the successful installation process.
    • 10:40 – 11:05 AM – “Urban Applications of Superconductor Cables for Improved Capacity, Reliability and Resiliency,” by Michael Ross, AMSC
      Utilities are under increasing pressure to increase capacity and reliability in urban environments. At the same time, costs for acquiring land and performing construction projects in those urban environments is skyrocketing while there is a growing demand that utility infrastructure be placed underground for aesthetic and security reasons. AMSC’s REG solutions can provide substantial relief to utilities that are faced with these challenges. REG systems allow utilities to move bulk power into and around urban areas using extraordinarily compact, underground, distribution voltage superconductor cables. While siting, permitting, and installing transformers and transmission voltage equipment is expensive and difficult within urban areas, REG solutions enable utilities to reduce the need for transmission voltage equipment and allow them to locate this equipment outside of the urban areas, substantially reducing project duration, disruption, and cost while improving system reliability.
    • 11:05 – 11:30 AM – “Los Angeles Department of Water & Power – 138kV cable replacement project,” by Kishan Kasondra, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power
      The LADWP’s Underground Transmission System originally contains approximately 70-circuit miles of underground 138-kV low-pressure oil-filled (LPOF) cables.  These cables are located throughout Los Angeles from Wilmington to Brentwood.  These cables were installed from 1943 to 1959.  An increase in failure rates since 1986 indicates that these cables are deteriorating. The 138-kV Underground Transmission Cable Replacement Project (Project) requires removing aging 138-kV LPOF cable systems and installing new Cross Linked Polyethylene (XLPE) cable systems.  This presentation will discuss how 45 circuit miles of cable is being replaced in 5 years, while increasing ratings and reliability.
    • 11:30 –11:45 AM – Vice Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables, Monday, May 8, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM – “UL Standards: Revisions, Proposals and New Standards; and Tri-national Standard Harmonization Activities” – Susan Stene, UL
      Abstract: UL LLC is an independent, organization that has been evaluating products in the interest of public safety for over 100 years.  UL staff is involved in many aspects of the wire and cable business and have worked with code authorities, manufacturers and various technical committees to develop Standards for Safety for the wire and cable industry.
      This paper covers the following topics:
      1.            New proposals to UL’s wire and cable standards
      2.            New Standards and Outlines of Investigation
      3.            Consejo de Armonización de Normas Electrotécnicas de Las Naciones de Las Americas (CANENA) harmonization activities, both binational with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Asociación de Normalización   y Certificación (ANCE)and tri-nationanal with CSA and ANCE.
      Bio: Ms. Stene graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. She joined Sigmaform Corporation where she was involved in the research and development of adhesives used in heat-shrinkable tubing.  For the Past 27 years, Ms. Stene has worked at UL LLC in various capacities, starting with entry level engineer in Wire and Cable and now holds the position of Principal Engineer, Wire and Cable. She has been involved in many technical committees including CANENA, ASTM, IEC, NEMA and NFPA.
    • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – “Application and experience on NRC Subsequent License Renewal for Cable Aging Management at a Nuclear Power Plant” – Abbas Zaidi & John Hilditch, Exelon Nuclear Generation
      Abstract:  This presentation will focus on the application of the first Boiling Water Reactor nuclear plant in the US for subsequent license renewal (license from 60 to 80 years of operation) and how the plant will be using their existing cable aging management program to meet the license renewal requirements.
      Bio:  Abbas Zaidi is the corporate cable engineer at Exelon Nuclear as part of the Plant Electrical Engineering Team since June 2015.  He is the cable subject matter expert at the fleet and is responsible for governance and oversight of the cable program at Exelon’s 14 nuclear stations. He was previously a product development engineer at General Cable in the specialty division focusing on next generation nuclear cable development.  Abbas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Break  
    • 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM – “Cable Aging Management Programs at Nuclear Power Plants” – Drew Mantey, EPRI
      Abstract: EPRI developed cable aging management program (CAMP) implementation guidance in 2009 for medium voltage, low voltage and I&C cables. EPRI cable user group has been obtaining feedback from members on CAMP implementation progress since then. Lessons learned, challenges, and best practices have been gleaned from this information exchange. This presentation will provide an overview of a CAMP program, indications on where nuclear power plants are in implementing the program and challenges and considerations for cable research required for operating beyond 60 years.
      Bio: Drew Mantey is a Principal Technical Leader in the nuclear sector of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research areas is focused on aging management of passive electrical components which includes electric cables. Research in this area includes aging management program implementation, condition monitoring of cables, forensic evaluation to better understand polymer degradation causes and detection. He also hosts a cable user group and annually teaches courses on low and medium voltage cables and the aging management of them.   Drew joined EPRI in 2004 and spent seven years developing an equipment reliability program for several Japanese utilities before moving to Plant Engineering in 2008. He has more than 30 years’ experience in power plant systems, components, maintenance and predictive maintenance technologies.    Drew received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and is a member of IEEE. Drew received a Senior Reactor Operator certification in 1990. In 2015, he was recognized by EPRI with a Chauncey award, their highest award, for support his work on cable research to support nuclear power plant operation beyond 60 years.
    • 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM – “In-situ Low Voltage Cable management strategy at a nuclear power plant environment” – Raihan Khondker, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company
      Abstract: There are various options and guidance to test low voltage cable in a laboratory environment for forensics analysis. But, when it comes to in-operation testing, the options for low voltage testing are still not widely researched. There exists few available techniques through standards and industry research. It becomes progressively tougher to have test methodologies with no define acceptance criteria or test methodologies. The topic will cover some field experience information the techniques being used to perform condition monitoring at a nuclear power plant environment. The same techniques can be used as a model for environments where cables of such voltage class exist. The topics will cover several different tests and their methodologies and software based aging management trend modeling with the ability to define condition class of cables, data extrapolation from measured conditions and several other useful techniques.
      Bio:  Raihan Khondker is a professional engineer working in the nuclear power industry for a decade. He’s a senior systems engineer at South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company. Over the past few years he has setup a well-rounded condition monitoring program for nuclear grade medium, low, instrument and control cables for this utility. He is at present serving at the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory committee board for several groups, such as Cables, Cathodic Protection for buried piping and structure, etc. He is also serving at various technical groups for National Association of Corrosion Engineers International and supporting to create various standards for corrosion control techniques for nuclear plants. He is at present working on developing better cable and corrosion control and monitoring techniques at energy sector.
    • 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM – “Application of Low Frequency Dielectric Spectroscopy (LFDS) based techniques as a non-destructive electrical diagnosis for extruded polymer cables in nuclear power plants” – Dr. David Rouison, Ph.D., P.Eng., & Sarajit Banerjee, Kinetrics, Raihan Khondker, South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company
      Abstract:  The presentation briefly introduces LFDS and associated test arrangements & methodologies used for LFDS at a nuclear power plant environment for condition monitoring of medium voltage cables. Based on this experience and published research the applicability of the technique to low voltage diagnostics is discussed. Challenges posed by unshielded, multiconductor cables are presented along with novel solutions for very low frequency testing.
      Bio:  Dr. Rouison is a principal engineer with an extensive background in polymer science. He joined Kinectrics in 2008 after spending 5 years in the automotive industry working in R&D. Dr. Rouison specializes in the condition assessment, failure analysis and testing of polymer based materials, including elastomers and composites, with a focus on the effects of environmental, thermal and radiation ageing. His experience includes condition assessment and failure analysis of electrical cables, jacket and insulation materials, accessories, hoses, seals, gaskets, O-rings and diaphragms.  At present, he is a technical leader and project manager at Kinectrics Inc. and is involved with aging management and EQ testing of electrical cables, condition assessment and failure analysis of elastomer parts in US and Canadian Nuclear Power Plants and condition assessment of fiberglass reinforced piping in Canadian Nuclear Power Plants. Dr. Rouison is a licensed engineer in the province of Ontario and a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, of the American Chemical Society – Rubber Division and IEEE. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2004.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

    • 2:00 PM – 2:10 PM:  Welcome, Introduction, Agenda, SubCommittee F business.   Sudhakar Cherukupalli – Chair –BC Hydro/Pete Tirinzone – Vice Chair – PDC
    • 2:10 pm – 2:40pm: “Condition Assessment of Pipe-Type Joints Utilizing Digital X-Ray Technology” by Arie Makovoz and Jade Wong of Consolidated Edison Co. of NY, and Stephen Halliwel of VJ Technologies Inc.
      Most of Con Edison’s 800 miles of underground transmission cables comprised of High-Pressure Pipe-Type feeders.  Joints of these types of feeders can move over time and, therefore, must be inspected periodically for sighs of damage or future failures.
      In the past, conventional film x-ray has been used for underground transmission joint inspection. The radiation source was the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60, which requires special safety precautions and long exposure times. The film images were not clear enough to identify insulation or shielding defects and the chemical processing of the films required environmental controls.
      The engineering and R&D team at Con Edison has demonstrated and qualified an innovative high energy digital x-ray system that can be used for non-intrusive, in-service inspection of high voltage underground transmission feeders.  Digital x-ray imaging provides images with higher resolution and contrast sensitivity of the internal components of a joint to enable better assessment of its condition.  The Con Edison team, working with VJ Technologies, has developed an optimal technique for imaging the high voltage underground transmission joints while minimizing the required inspection time.
      Use of the digital x-ray technology in two cases resulted in the identification of incipient electrical failures. In one case a 345 kV joint was identified for internal inspection, and in the second case a 138 kV joint was identified for internal inspection. In both cases, after the joints were opened, extensive electrical damage was observed. It was verified that if these joints have been left in service, they would have experienced electrical failures.
    • 2:40 PM – 3:10 PM  “Advanced Fault Location Technique on HVDC Submarine Cables” by Chae-Kyun Jung, Korean Electric Power Company, Korea
      Abstract : Fault location is the one of the significant aspects to protect HVDC submarine cables due to its special installation. Unlike conventional AC underground land cable, the system operator cannot check the status of submarine cable by visual inspection. Time domain reflectrometry(TDR) and frequency domain(FDR) are well known fault location methods and have been applied to various types of cable. However, the accuracy of them are limited clearly. The rise time and frequency sweep bandwidth affect the performance of each method, and both methods are vulnerable to noise. Also, the limitation are severer in application to submarine cable because of a long length of the cable.
      In this presentation, an advanced fault location technique using time-frequency domain reflectometry(TFDR), is proposed to HVDC submarine cable systems. TFDR is hybrid technique which takes both advantage of TDR and FDR. It has better accuracy and robust to noise to signal distortion.
    • 3:15–3:30PM Break Refreshments / Snacks
    • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM  “First Permanent Monitoring System acquiring transients at 1MHz for a 380kV Transmission Circuit 40Km long”, by Mirko Melloni, Techimp HQ srl; The behavior of transients in high voltage cables is matter of concerns, especially when overhead lines alternates with cable links. For this reason, one of the leading power utilities in Europe, decided to have a “Power Connection Monitoring System” installed in one of their critical high voltage connection links.
      This is a continuous permanent monitoring system capable of acquiring transients based upon amplitude thresholds. The purpose of the system is to collect evidences of the behavior of a combined transmission cable/overhead line and confirmation of the mathematical model in transient regime, and to obtain a possible indicator of the degradation of the system (residual lifetime) as a result of transients occurring in time.
      This monitoring system is installed over a 40 Km high voltage power network in the North of the Netherlands, distributed in 8 Units (13 locations + 4 substations). The monitoring system is responsible for acquiring, processing, archiving and presenting information concerning the power connection and all functions defined are accessible for the user. The system is able to acquire continuous and impulsive voltages and currents, and raw PD waveforms that are stored in the local servers.
      This presentation will review the key elements of the monitoring system, including sensors, instruments, monitoring software and hardware, the communication system among units, commissioning and installation. It will also describe technology for transients with examples of acquisitions
  • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

    • Opening by Frank Petzold, Chair
    • “Next generation 500kV class  HVDC extruded cable system”, Hideo Tanaka, Furukawa Electric Japan
    • “Kriegers Flak – 400kV AC  Cable & System“, Eric Beauguitte,  Nexans USA
    • “Introduction of very large aluminum conductors in The Netherland“, Lawrence Lamballais, Prysmian Netherlands
    • “Brillouin-based Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring system for Submarine Export Cables of Off-Shore Wind Farms (Europe)”, Martin Olschewski ,  LIOS Germany
    • “Practical solution of 275kV transition joint from Oil-filled cable to XLPE cables in Japan”, Taiki Kaneda  Sumitomo Electric  Japan
    • “Testing of a Long Submarine Cable in the North Sea”, Hassan Younes Kinetrics Canada
    • “Shanghai Hongyang 500kV UG Transmission Project”, Zhiteng(Tom) Yu   Hanhe Cable   USA
    • “Energizing Three Offshore floating Platforms”, Robert (Bob) W. Hobson, NKT USA
    • “Progress of a 3.2 GWatt transmission HVDC Superconductor Cable System demonstrator in Europe“, Frederic Lesure, RTE, France​
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, May 8, 2017, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • UL 3072: Development of Medium-Voltage DC cable standard – Paul C. Knapp, UL LLC
      UL has created a task group to work with cable manufacturers and users to develop a standard covering medium-voltage, DC cables. Current industry standards do not specifically address DC rated cables in the 5 – 46kV range. This standard will help meet the needs of system developers who would like to use MVDC cables in their installations.
    • Rating of submarine cables with 2K temperature rise criterion – George Anders, Anders Consulting
      This presentation discusses rating calculations of submarine power cables when a requirement is imposed that the temperature rise caused by cable heating at the specified depth below the sea bottom does not exceed 2K. Such requirements form rating restrictions in several countries; e.g., the Netherlands, Germany, France and other.
    • Cable System Installation Update, David Lindsay, New River Electrical
      PSE&G Bergen-Linden Corridor Project Abstract = Presentation will give an update on the ongoing installation of a 345 kV XLPE cable system in the Elizabeth, NJ area for PSE&G.
  • Educational Program – Making the Case for Superconducting Cable Systems – Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

    • 1:00 – 1:05          Welcome – Rachel Mosier, PDC;  Jared Jajack, AEP
    • 1:05 – 1:20          What & Why? – Mike Bauer, AMSC
                                 Cable System Construction
      Distribution & Transmission – Concentric phase, Three-in-one, and Three separate cables
      Considerations for a Superconducting Cable System
    • 1:20 – 2:05          Installation Experience and Considerations – Dr. Stemmle, Nexans
      AmpaCity Distribution project
      Concentric cable design
      Cable cryostat considerations Typical section lengths
      Allowable bending radius & pulling tension
      Accessories (joints & terminations)
      Manholes and termination footprint
      Thermal contraction management
      Grounding requirements
      Operation experience
    • 2:05 – 2:50          Installation Experiences and Considerations – Dr. Ryu, LS Cable
      Jeju Island Transmission project
      Joints & Terminations
      Allowable bending radius & pulling tension
      Manholes (size, racking, other requirements)
      Typical section lengths
      Riser poles (including clamping)
      Terminals (including footprint)
      Grounding requirements
    • 2:50 – 3:05          Break
    • 3:05 – 3:25          Operation Requirements – Mike Bauer, AMSC
      Short circuits
      Ampacity – all considerations and impacts – compare & contrast with conventional systems
    • 3:25 – 3:45          Cryogenic system – – Dr. Jie Yuan, AMSC
    • 3:45 – 4:25          Specifics about why utilities are using this technology – Frank Frentzas, Commonwealth Edison;  Frédéric Lesur, Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE)
      Retrofit possibilities (e.g., in existing steel pipe)
      Advantages, Challenges
      Specific application to HVDC bulk power transmission
    • 4:25 – 4:55          Discussion of the Economics (high level) – Steve Eckroad, EnerTechETC
      Compare & contrast with conventional systems, and discuss when superconductors make the most sense
    • Dr. Cheolhwi Ryu has worked for LS Cable & System since 2005.  He joined as a Grid Planning Engineer by utilizing HTS cable system to study various applications.  He developed and demonstrated various types of HTS cable systems such as 23 kVac 50 MVA & 120 MVA, 80 kVdc 500 MW, and 154 kVac 600 MVA & 1 GVA from 2010 to 2016 as a senior engineer in the field of grid planning and cable design.  Prior to joining the HTS System Business Team at LS, he led an engineering team for developing and commercializing an HV cable diagnostic system and then for developing a submarine HVDC cable system.  Dr. Ryu received his Ph.D. in High Voltage Engineering specializing in diagnosis of power apparatus and insulation design from Hanyang University in 2009.
    • Dr. Mark Stemmle is the Technology / Engineering / Knowledge Center Manager for Superconducting Systems at Nexans.  Mark received his Diploma in Engineering and Business Administration with specialization in Power Systems Engineering and Controlling from the University of Hannover in 2004.  Afterwards he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Electric Power Systems at the University of Hannover focusing on superconducting fault current limiters in electric power systems.  In 2007, Mark joined Nexans and started working on superconducting cable systems in addition.  While working at Nexans, Mark received his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hannover in 2009.  Currently, Mark holds the position of Technology/Engineering/Knowledge (TEK) Center Manager for Cryogenic and Superconducting Systems and is in charge of the engineering of superconducting cable systems as well as superconducting fault current limiters.
    • Jim Maguire was appointed as Executive Vice President, AMSC Operations in April 2013 and is responsible for overseeing AMSC’s Wind and Grid business units as well as AMSC’s global supply chain.  He joined AMSC in 1997 and served in various management capacities for the next decade.  In March 2007, he was named Vice President of the company’s superconductor projects.  In April 2010, Mr. Maguire was promoted to Senior Vice President of Projects & Engineering.  Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President of AMSC’s Grid business unit while also leading the company’s Global Engineering, Projects and Service groups.
      Prior to joining AMSC, Mr. Maguire was founder and president of Applied Engineering Technologies, Ltd. (AET Ltd.), a cryogenics product company, and served as an engineering manager at Janis Research Co. and Koch Process Systems.
      Mr. Maguire earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering technology from Northeastern University.
    • Frank Frentzas received a BSEE and MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago.  He has been with Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) for over 23 years.  He has held various positions within the Transmission and Substation area, from engineering to managing project design teams.  He has 22 years’ experience in the Engineering, Design and modification of both new and existing Transmission Underground Systems.  Currently he is the Transmission Line Design Manager, responsible for the Engineering and Design of new and existing Transmission lines as well as Technical Standards and Specifications.  Frank is a member of IEEE, Power Engineering Society, Standards Association and a member of CIGRE.  Frank has served as chair and vice-chair of several Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) working and discussion groups and he is currently the ICC chair.  He is also the chairman of CEATI’s Transmission Underground Cable Interest Group as well as a member of EPRI’s Transmission Underground Task Force.  Frank has authored and co-authored several technical papers and presentations pertaining to Transmission Underground Cable Systems. He is also an adjunct instructor for the T&D Master’s degree program at Gonzaga University.
    • Steven W. Eckroad is recently retired from the Electric Power Research Institute where he culminated over 40 years’ experience in supporting research, design, development and deployment of advanced power delivery technologies for the electric power industry.  He has conducted research in both conventional and emerging technology areas, with particular emphasis on substation-scale energy storage, superconducting transmission systems, and thermo-mechanical effects in underground transmission systems.  His professional work has involved significant collaboration with domestic and foreign governmental research agencies, trade and technology advocacy organizations, advanced technology equipment manufacturers, private and public universities, and domestic and foreign electric utility companies. Mr. Eckroad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Antioch College and did graduate-level work in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri.  He has numerous patents and technical publications in his areas of expertise.  He currently resides in Camarillo, California.
    • Mike Bauer, Managing Director Global Sales, joined AMSC in October 2014 and is responsible for overseeing global sales efforts for AMSC’s Grid business units.  Prior to his time at AMSC, Mr. Bauer served as Vice President North American Sales at Efacec, Global Sales Manager/Utility Market at Sensortran, 19 years with Siemens Energy in various roles, and 8 years at ABB.  Mr. Bauer has over 40 years served in the energy industry; he earned a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from Villanova University.
    • Frédéric Lesur is an expert engineer in power cable systems at Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE, the French TSO). After being a merchant marine officer for three years, he was graduated in power electronics. He has worked for the cable manufacturer Silec as a research engineer, mainly involved in the development of XLPE 400 kV underground links, in modeling and simulation. He moved to EDF utility in 1999, and has managed the cable system testing facility of Les Renardières.  He has been working for the engineering branch of RTE since 2007 on various topics as cable system design, current ratings or magnetic field management, with the development of models and tools, in order to contribute to major interconnection projects and to support the regional deployment of land and offshore cable systems. His background led him to innovative technologies for the network for the future such as super grids and transmission superconducting cables, especially in the framework of the European Best Paths Project.  Frédéric Lesur is involved in Cigré, IEEE/ICC, IEC and Jicable activities.0.4 IEEE CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.

(Please note, in order to receive these credits towards a Florida PE License, you MUST provide Thomas Arnold with your FL PE License number prior to the session.