Issue: 89 | Nov 2023
Ever since we made the switch to a quarterly distribution, our newsletter has been brimming with content from our esteemed team of global energy experts!
While some of our content delves into technical aspects, the majority is crafted to be relevant and engaging for anyone working in the electric energy industry today.
In this issue, we are exploring various topics, including the complexity of renewables, strategies to tackle grid disturbances, effective asset management, collaborating with a system integration partner, introducing our new hires, and much more.
We sincerely hope that you find this edition of the PSC News enjoyable and informative. We value your feedback, so please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts. If you would like to contribute to our website and the PSC News, we encourage you to contact Gayle Wooster, our Global Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at PSC Group.
Check out our special five-part video podcast series “Energized Futures: Conversations with PSC CEO Alex Boyd.”
eBook: The complexity of renewables
This eBook was made possible by the valuable contribution of several PSC subject matter experts who’ve shared their expertise and insights on the technical complexities of renewable energy generation and an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges in creating a more sustainable and resilient energy system for the future.
White Paper: How a regulatory framework impacts the evolution of offshore wind
PSC’s Graeme Hutchison provides insight into Australia’s offshore renewable energy framework, its components, and comparisons with schemes from other countries, all to help new Australia offshore wind market participants navigate these complex waters.
PSC welcomes new North American leadership
PSC is excited to share that William Mao has joined the company as its new North American Managing Director to manage our Operational Technologies, Power Networks and HVDC business lines and stage the region for growth.
PSC strengthens APAC team with new Asia GM
The PSC Group is excited to announce the appointment of Dr Amir Hashim as its new General Manager for Asia based in Singapore, reporting to APAC Managing Director, Ashley Grohn.
Employee Spotlight: Raj Hirani
What makes working at PSC so fulfilling? Hear it from Raj Hirani, who talks about his current role, pastimes and advice for young professionals.
Unlocking the transformative potential of data analytics for power utilities
PSC’s Leandro Cunha offers a compelling overview of the transformative potential of data analytics for power utilities, bringing data-driven strategies to the table and facilitating smarter decisions for a more sustainable and resilient energy future.
Working with a premier system integration partner, Part 1
PSC’s North American Operational Technologies General Manager John Camilleri describes PSC’s role as a utility system integration partner and how we support our clients in navigating an industry in rapid evolution and help in making the best, most efficient operational decisions.
Building Roadmaps: An evolutionary activity, Part 2
Ken Pratt from PSC’s North American team explains the process and activities involved in developing a comprehensive roadmap and how to leverage it to gain maximum benefits.
Mitigating grid disturbances with power electronic devices
As new technology makes the grid more dynamic and dependable, it also increases the complexity and the potential for disruptions. PSC’s Daniel Wang writes about how in a system where stability is vital, power electronic devices are set to play an integral role in maintaining its stability and reliability.
UK’s potential power in sharing power
PSC UK’s Mahmoud Elkazaz and Andrew Eviston delve into the significance of peer-to-peer energy trading and how it can impact our path toward a greener future. Get ready to embrace this electrifying concept that sparks hope for a more efficient, equitable, and eco-conscious world!
Hydrogen: UK’s fuel of the future
Hydrogen is a low-carbon fuel that could help the UK achieve its net zero emissions target by 2050. However, as PSC UK’s Mahmoud Elkazaz writes, some challenges and uncertainties remain to be addressed.
Asset management in power systems, Part 2
PSC UK’s Sean McConnon and Abraham Alvarez-Bustos expand on their first article of this series to help illuminate the importance of asset management methods specific to planned outage maintenance and cybersecurity in keeping power systems safe, reliable and affordable.
PSC is a proud sponsor of Electra CIGRE’s digital magazine, ELECTRA
Streamlining deployment of innovative technologies
PSK UK participated at the Energy Innovation Summit in Liverpool talking about how we are developing algorithms and other tools that make deploying innovative technologies and processes easier.
IAM UK Chapter Conference insights
PSC UK’s Sean McConnon attended the Institute of Asset Management’s (IAM) UK Chapter Conference in Manchester on 14 November 2023 where he and his peers from other industries presented about their recent real-world asset management projects.
CIGRE International Symposium 2023 takeaways
By all accounts, CIGRE’s International Symposium in Cairns, Australia, was a resounding success! Read what some of our technical specialists said about the four-day event attended by over 1300 energy professionals.
CIGRE Canada 2023: A reflection on the Power System evolution
PSC North America was a proud silver sponsor and exhibitor at CIGRE Canada’s 15th annual conference in Vancouver, BC. Here are our highlights from the conference.
— PSC Asia Pacific —
PSC welcomes Dr Amir Hashim to our team as the new General Manager for Asia. Amir has extensive executive-level experience in the global power and energy arena. His prior experience is in corporate transformation and strategy with a focus on power. He has worked with developers and project implementation roles for power utilities, off-grid supply, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. He graduated with multiple degrees in Electrical Engineering, up to the Doctorate level. Amir is based in our Singapore office.
PSC welcomes Charles Valerio to the APAC Market Systems team as a Market Systems Consultant. Charles brings his experience in market design, real-time operations and renewable energy markets to his new PSC role. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Charles is based in our Perth, Australia, office.
PSC welcomes Lee Frankis to PSC as Manager of Generator Testing in the APAC Power Network Solutions team. Lee has previous experience in generator management, maintenance, and testing in New Zealand. He’s an engineer with project management certification and has earned a Master of Applied Management. Lee is based in our Christchurch office in New Zealand.
PSC welcomes Waleed Yousef to the APAC Operational Technologies team as a SCADA/EMS Consultant. Waleed has over ten years of experience including time with a distribution company and an EMS/DMS vendor. He holds a Master’s degree in Control systems and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in power and machines division from Alexandria University. Waleed is based in our Darwin, Australia, office.
PSC is pleased to announce that Wisnu Indrajit has joined the APAC Operational Technologies team as a Senior SCADA/EMS Consultant. Wisnu brings over ten years of SCADA/EMS/ADMS project and software engineering experience to this role. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Indonesia and is based in our Perth, Australia, office.
PSC welcomes Syaqyun Nadzor (Nadzor) to the APAC Operational Technologies team as a SCADA/EMS Consultant. Nadzor joins PSC with ten years of experience working for a software vendor and a utility. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS). Nadzor is based in our Sydney, Australia, office.
PSC is pleased to announce that Sufyan Contractor has joined the APAC Power Networks team as a Power System Engineer. Sufyan has experience in power system modeling, conducting GPS studies and preparing grid connection applications and technical reports. He holds a Master of Engineering in Electronics and Electrical from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Mumbai. Sufyan is based in our Brisbane, Australia office.
PSC is pleased to announce that Kym Bell has joined the PSC global team as Project Finance Manager. Kym has 15 years of experience in the planning and delivery of capital projects and holds a BSc in Applied Science (Property Economics) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the QUT (Queensland University of Technology). Kym is based in our Brisbane, Australia, office.
PSC welcomes Shelvin Chand to the APAC team as a Telecommunications & Networking consultant. Shelvin brings over 6 years of extensive hands-on experience in maintaining and deploying IP network services, with a background that spans from Technical Support to Network Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Fiji National University. Shelvin is based in our Adelaide, Australia office.
PSC is pleased to announce that Surendranath Chitturi has joined our Asian team as a Senior Market Systems Consultant. Surendranath brings over ten years of experience with renewable and conventional power system projects with extensive exposure to regulatory issues, asset management, power trading and many other areas of the energy business. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a Bachelor of Technology (EEE) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, Gudlavalleru Engineering College. Surendranath is based in our Singapore office.
PSC welcomes Carl Rouppe van der Voort to the APAC Power Networks team as a Senior Power Systems Engineer. Carl started his involvement in the power industry by first qualifying as a registered electrician and electrical fitter before obtaining his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Auckland in 2015. With over ten years of experience in the electric utility industry, Carl brings his skills in power systems analysis, electrical engineering, power generation commissioning and testing, and compliance and strategic regulatory analysis to his new role at PSC. Carl will be part of the NZ Power Systems Studies team and is based in the Johnsonville, New Zealand, office.
— PSC North America —
PSC welcomes William Mao to the role of Managing Director for North America. William lives in Houston, Texas, and comes to PSC from Eos Energy Enterprises, a business focused on battery energy storage solutions where he served as their Chief Commercial Officer. Before Eos, he had a 14-year career with ABB/Hitachi Energy, where he held various leadership, product, sales and marketing roles in their data center and power transformer businesses. He also led ABB’s US oil, gas, and petrochemical businesses before making the move to electricity. William is based remotely in the US.
PSC welcomes Dr. Laura Pasquini to the PSC Group as the inaugural Global Learning and Development (L&D) Manager. Dr. Pasquini joins us with 20 years of experience supporting workplace learning and performance improvement. As a seasoned academic, learning experience designer, researcher, and coach, she helps organizations identify performance needs/gaps, develop strategies to cultivate talent and build the right learning solutions for leaders and teams. Laura is based in our Kirkland, Washington, office in the US.
PSC welcomes Will Culbertson to the PSC Group as our new Global Senior Manager of IT. Will joins us with more than 20 years of experience in various IT positions and comes to PSC with specific experience in cloud computing, Office 365, Windows Server, MS SQL Server, networking, security systems, vulnerability software and risk assessment in technology environments. He also has experience in creating and driving technology policy within organizations. Will is based in the Kirkland, Washington, office in the US.
— PSC Europe —
PSC is pleased to announce that Huilian Liao joined the UK Power Networks team as a Senior Power System Studies Consultant. Huilian has over ten years of experience in energy research and was involved with major European projects related to smart grids and renewable energy integration, successfully solving various critical network issues in power systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the University of Liverpool, a Master of Science (Eng) in Communication and Information Systems from Shenzhen University, China, and a dual Bachelor of Science in Communication Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Business English from Shenzhen University, China. Huilian is based remotely in the UK.
PSC is pleased to announce that Stephen Lilley has joined our UK Power Networks team as a Senior Power Network Solutions Consultant. Stephen has knowledge and experience in HV earthing analysis and lightning protection risk assessment, as well as project management, specifically in power generation/transmission and renewable industries. He holds an M.Eng (Honors) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd. Stephen Lilley is based remotely in the UK.
PSC is pleased to announce that Tim Brooker has joined the UK Power Networks team as a Strategic Advisory Principal Consultant. Tim has over 30 years of experience working in the HVDC industry with specific skills in asset management, safety management and operational philosophies. Tim is based remotely in the UK.
PSC welcomes Stef Rowley to the UK team as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for PSC UK. With over ten years of experience in the engineering consultancy industry and 25 years of overall business and commercial administration experience, Stef brings a wealth of knowledge to our growing team. Stef will support our European business from our office in Stafford, UK.
PSC welcomes Pankaj Solanki has joined the UK team as HVDC Team Leader. Pankaj is a postgraduate electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the power transmission industry with deep domain knowledge in engineering and technical management of the HVDC (both LCC & VSC) projects. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Engineering in Electrical and is based remotely in the UK.
PSC welcomes James Matthewman to the UK team as Senior HVDC Consultant. James is an experienced cable system design engineer. He holds an MSc in Power Distribution Engineering from Newcastle University and a B.Eng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Northumbria University. James is based remotely in the UK.
PSC welcomes Peter Whyte to the UK team as Senior HVDC Consultant. With previous roles in New Zealand’s Power System industry, Peter has experience in electrical design, control systems, asset management, project management and commissioning. Peter is based remotely in the UK.