March 2019 OES Beacon

Chapter News (March 2019)

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IEEE Oceanic Engineering Chapter of the Canadian Atlantic Section (OES—CAS) by:

Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, IEEE Life Fellow, Chapter Chair

Historical power interconnector in Canada achieves key milestone

Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) and The Maritime Link Project– Connecting Nova Scotia and Newfoundland with an HVDC Underwater Link

Ferial El-Hawary, OES-CAS Chapter Chair.

In addition to our traditional Networking Events of the IEEE (OES-CAS) was a joint event with the Young Professionals Affinity Group that took place at St, Mary’s University where two prominent speakers (see below) from ABB and Emera briefed the audience on the success of ABB testing of the Maritime Link, enabling Emera to exchange electricity between the Island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for the first time in history. Historical Underwater power interconnector in Canada achieves key milestone. High-voltage direct current (HVDC) Light is a preferred solution for long-distance underground and underwater power links and interconnections like the Maritime Link Project.

Faisal Iqbal is a management professional and Project Director for the just commissioned HVDC Maritime Link Project in Atlantic Canada. And Kenneth Almon is a Senior Electrical Engineer employed with ABB as a Technical Interface Manager on the Maritime Link project.

The Maritime Link is a 500 Megawatt (MW) HVDC connection that will enable clean, renewable energy, generated in Newfoundland and Labrador to be transmitted to the North American grid in Nova Scotia. The stabilizing features of ABB’s latest HVDC Light® solution will also allow Nova Scotia to integrate additional renewables and contribute to Canada’s emission-reduction efforts.

Some illustration of the presentation.
Faisal Iqbal (Speaker) during his presentation.
Kenneth Almon (Speaker) receiving a Certificate of appreciation from Aman Tanvir (YP Chair).
Participants and Presenters Following the Event.

e HVDC Light® Maritime Link is the first of its kind in the world with a full Voltage Source Converter (VSC) bipolar configuration, to enhance system availability. The converter stations are equipped with the ABB AbilityTM based advanced Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACHTM) control and protection system which acts like the brain of the High Voltge DC (HVDC) link. It monitors, controls and protects the smart technology in the stations and manages thousands of operations to ensure power reliability. Its advanced fault registration and remote-control functions also help protect the link from unexpected disruptions, such as lightning strikes. In addition to the two converter stations for the ±200 kilovolt (kV) HVDC link, the project scope also includes two 230 kV alternating current (AC) substations in Newfoundland, one 345 kV AC substation in Nova Scotia and two cable transition stations.

This technology includes integration of renewable energies from land-based and offshore wind farms, mainland power supply to islands and offshore oil and gas platforms, city center in-feeds where space is a major constraint and cross-border interconnections that often connect across the seas. Its ability to meet grid code compliance ensures robust network connections regardless of application. The latest generation of this technology can transmit power at ±640 kilovolts (kV) over 2,000 kilometers and deliver up to 3,000 MW of electricity—enough to power several million households.

ABB is a leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions.
This was an excellent event, well attended with YP, Students and Industry represented. Many thanks for the cooperation of the YP Affinity Group in taking the lead for this event.

Singapore Chapter Activities
Reported by Hari Vishnu and Venugopalan Pallayil

Annual Technical Workshop

IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (Singapore Chapter) organized its annual workshop for the year 2018 on 2nd Nov 2018 at the S2S conference room in Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. The workshop consisted of technical talks by academics, and a high-tea cum networking session. The aim of the workshop is to get experts and enthusiasts in oceanic engineering and related fields together, to share their experiences and expertise via discussion and talks, and to provide an avenue for networking within the community. It also provides an opportunity for relevant industry to showcase their new products and capabilities.

The talks spanned a wide variety of disciplines related to ocean engineering and marine sciences. A list of talks organized and the speaker names are provided in the table below. More details on the talk as well as other OES activities and events can be found on its website

The event drew more than 30 attendees from across industry, academia, research institutions and other organisations. This is a considerable level of participation given that Singapore has only a small community of OES members and non-members working in this field. All the talks drew a great level of engagement and discussion, which continued over a high-tea reception. As in previous years, the 2018 annual workshop also was a huge success in terms of its technical contents and participation. A membership drive was also organised during the event.

Dr. Anupam Gupta delivering his talk on bat bio-sonar.
Attendees listening keenly to Dr. Koh Siang’s talk on his cruise to Southwestern Java.
Some of the members and participants during high tea break.
Some of the Workshop participants posing for a group photograph.

After the technical talks, the Chair of the OES Singapore chapter, Dr. Hari Vishnu, elaborated on the benefits of OES membership, and also publicized the upcoming SAUVC 2019 underwater robotics competition and the OCEANS 2020 Singapore conference.