Nordic Workshop in Power System Protection and Control


The 2019 annual Nordic Workshop in Power System Protection and Control is the fourth workshop in the series. The event takes place on Monday 13 May 2019 at the University of Vaasa.

The first two events in 2016 and 2017 were organized at NTNU, within the ProSmart project.

Their programs and presentations can be seen here: 2016 & 2017.

The third event was organized by KTH, and the program and presentations can be seen here: 2018.


Scope and Audience

The Workshop language is English. Workshop and evening dinner are free of charge. Industry and university participants from within and beyond the Nordic countries are welcome. University groups are introduced in overview, and technical presentations are made of specific projects to highlight the research activities and recent results. Presentations from industry may focus on a specific technical solution, a challenge in need of further work, or a more general overview of needs and development in the coming years.

The general aim is to create a meeting place for Nordic PhD or MSc students, research groups, industry and utilities within power system protection and control. The Workshop enables wider collaboration, new research initiatives and provides useful contacts.

The input from industry is helpful to university groups in getting insight into present practical issues and useful research areas. University groups with shared or complementary interests get in contact with each other, even between countries, which enables new possibilities for cooperation relating to research and education. Industry participants may identify university projects of interest to them, or meet useful contacts from other companies. For participating students the Workshop provides new knowledge of the subject area as well as new possibilities for their career paths or further studies.


Workshop Program


9:00 – 10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:05 Opening and welcoming words of the Workshop
Kimmo Kauhaniemi,
University of Vaasa

10:05 – 10:40 News and presentations from university research groups

KTH, Nathaniel Taylor Slides

NTNU, Hans Kristian Høidalen Slides

University of Vaasa, Kimmo Kauhaniemi Slides

10:40 – 12:00 Presentations from industry

Opportunities and challenges in Power System Protection, Jianping Wang, ABB Sweden Slides

Digital enablers, a new dimension to protection philosophy?, Petri Hovila, ABB Finland Slides

Kalasatama Smart Grid Project (ring structure MV network protection, sensors, IEC61850 process bus), Mika Loukkalahti, Helen Sähköverkko Oy Slides

Business design case – Future insight study for ABB, Heidi Krohns-Välimäki, Gofore Oyj Slides

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Restaurant Mathilda and Group photo 1 Group photo 2

13:00 – 14:45 Technical presentations/presentations from industry

SIPROTEC DigitalTwin, George Kasparian, Siemens AB Slides

Earth-fault protection in compensated network, Jani Vainionpää, Arcteq Relays Oy Slides

Earth-fault location in resonant-earthed MV distribution system, MD Zakaria Habib, KTH Slides

IEC 61850 for Process Bus at Substation, Omid Palizban, University of Vaasa Slides

Presentation of the laboratory facilities in University of Vaasa, Kimmo Kauhaniemi Slides

14:50 – 15:45 Laboratory tour, break, coffee and laboratory tour at Technobothnia

15:45 – 17:00 Technical presentations

Adaptive Frequency Estimation Method for ROCOF Islanding Detection Relay, Maciej Grebla, NTNU Slides

IEC 61850 based monitoring control and protection in Smart Grid, Mike Mekkanen, University of Vaasa

Condition monitoring of power grid, Muhammad Shafiq, University of Vaasa Slides

Integration of High Sampling Rate Transient Protection Functions in Digital Substations, Fabian Hohn, KTH Slides

Modelling Battery Energy Storage systems for Fault Tolerant Smartgrids, Chethan Parthasarathy, University of Vaasa Slides

17:00 Closing and recap of the Fourth Nordic Workshop in Power Protection

and Control, Kimmo Kauhaniemi

18:30 Evening Dinner, Restraurant Qvarken at Scandic Vaasa




Vaasa, Finland, University of Vaasa, Tritonia building, auditorium Nissi (K218)

Evening dinner will be served starting from 18:30 at Restaurant Qvarken in the Scandic Vaasa hotel, located at the city centre (Rosteninkuja 6)

Map of the university campus: /en/for/visitors/map/

Information for visitors: /en/for/visitors/

Group photo 1

Group photo 2

Dinner photo


The map below shows the location of Auditorium Nissi and entrance to Technobothnia laboratory

Campus map


The Workshop is organized as part of the VINPOWER project.  More information on VINPOWER project: VINPOWER - Vaasa Innovation Platform for Future Power Systems