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About CIGRE Southern Africa Regional Conference and the International SC B4 Colloquium

Venue: Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre, Gauteng

Date: 01 – 05 October 2019


The Joint 9th CIGRE Southern Africa Regional Conference and the International SC B4 Colloquium will be held from 1 to 4 October 2019 at Misty Hills Country Hotel, Muldersdrift, South Africa.

The Conference is the biennial discussion forum organised by the CIGRE Southern Africa Committee for members, associates and experts from Africa and developing economies.

Key Dates
1 October – Tutorials, Exhibition and Women in Engineering Forum
2 & 3 October – Joint Regional Conference and SC B4 Colloquium, and Exhibition
4 & 5 October – Technical Tours

Theme: Sustainable Integration of Distributed Energy Resources for Power System Development
Globally there has been an increase in the deployment of distributed energy resources (DER) in the form of renewable energy generation and microgrids. This technology presents a unique opportunity for power system development due to its low emissions, scalability, short construction time frames and diversifying the energy supply.

Grid integration of DER can present challenges, be it during planning, construction or operation. The conference will provide a platform to deliberate on sustainable integration of distributed energy resources for power system development. These discussions will be between electric utilities, system operators, regulators, manufacturers and suppliers, universities, standardizing bodies, research laboratories and authorities on topics in the field of development of electrical systems in Africa.

SC B4 Colloquium
Theme: HVDC and FACTS for Regional Interconnections and Renewable Energy Integration
The aim of the 2019 CIGRE SC B4 International Colloquium is to provide a forum for discussion on the use of HVDC and FACTS considering the aspects of planning, available technology, projects and operational experience related to regional interconnectors and renewable energy integration with a focus on Africa.

There is a need for regional integration of electricity networks in Africa. The installation of renewable is also increasing and these present challenges for planners and operators of networks. The preferential topics reflect the above and the colloquium is intended to stimulate discussion on these important topics during the technical sessions.

SC B4 working group meetings will be held on the preceding weekend (28 & 29 September) with the 2019 B4 study committee meeting taking place on the 30th of September 2019.

For further enquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat, Anelja de Bok at anelja@activecapture.co.za