Recently, the electric power system has been undergoing remarkable changes, which are expected to continue in the years to come. The progressive liberalization of the electricity markets on the one hand and the unprecedented—and for many unforeseeable—penetration of renewables into the grid promises profound changes. On the consumer end, dispersed generation and bidirectional power flow will boost the development of what is generally referred to as the “smart grid”. But also on the transmission side, there is growing mention of so-called “mega grids” that will have to be put in place in order to satisfy the ever increasing demand for electric power, but also in order to bridge the sometimes substantial distances between remote generation sites of renewable energy sources and consumers, not to mention the necessity of establishing interconnections between countries in the wake of the increased opening up of electricity markets. No wonder then that EHV and UHV grids have been greatly expanding over the past few years and are therefore attracting significant interest from the power community.
In this context, the 2nd International Colloquium on EHV and UHV in association with CIGRE and IEC will bring together key players in the electric power systems sector: transmission and substation engineers, generation engineers, system operators, designers, manufacturers, erection agencies, regulators, research institutions, testing laboratories and universities. The colloquium is a unique forum in which to share exciting new research and breakthroughs, raise issues or questions, discuss future directions, and network with leading professionals from all over the world.