Program and speakers


The school will take place in room E107 (building E) on UTBM's Belfort campus.

Minor changes in the program are underway.

Monday 1 July 2019
  • 8:30-9:00 Registration
  • 9:00-9:20 Welcome address, by Daniel Hissel and Robin Roche
  • 9:20-10:30 Lecture 1: Introduction to microgrids, by Sid Suryanarayanan
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:00 Lecture 2: General concepts, building blocks and modeling, by Robin Roche
  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00 Project: Introduction to the project and to the Typhoon HIL system, by Typhoon HIL
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee break
  • 15:30-17:00 Project: Modeling fundamentals, by Typhoon HIL
  • 17:00-19:30 Visit of Belfort
Tuesday 2 July 2019
  • 8:30-10:00 Lecture 3: Hydrogen energy storage and grid services in microgrids, by Federico Zenith
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:30-12:00 Lecture 4: Architecture, sizing and energy management, by Robin Roche
  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-15:30 Poster session (see below) and coffee break
  • 15:30-15:45 Group photo
  • 15:45-17:15 Project: Hands-on microgrid modeling & simulation by participants, by Typhoon HIL
Wednesday 3 July 2019
  • 8:30-10:00 Lecture 5: Frequency and voltage control in microgrids, by Bruno François
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:30-12:00 Lecture 6: Microgrids transitioning from interconnected to islanded mode in operation, by Vincent Debusschere
  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-16:30 Visit of General Electric (GE) Power in Belfort
  • 16:30-17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:00-18:30 Project: Hands-on implementation of monitoring and protection by participants, by Typhoon HIL
  • 20:00-2x:00 Dinner in old town
Thursday 4 July 2019
  • 08:30-10:00 Visit of FCLAB
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:30-12:00 Lecture 7: HIL simulation principle and applications on the EPMLab testbed, by Frédéric Colas
  • 12:00-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00 Lecture 8: Isolated power grids – Case study of generation control design to ensure stability, by Maxime Buquet
  • 15:00-15:30 Coffee break
  • 15:30-17:00 Lecture 9: Overview of existing microgrids, by Sid Suryanarayanan
  • 17:00-18:30 Project: Case study and problem solving by participants, by Typhoon HIL
Friday 5 July 2019
  • 8:30-10:00 Lecture 10: Enedis roadmap for microgrids and local energy systems, by Stéphane Jamet
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee break
  • 10:30-11:30 Round table: current challenges in microgrid R&D, with Robin Roche and Sid Suryanarayanan, other speakers and participants
  • 11:30-12:15 Project results review and and handing out of rewards
  • 12:15-12:30 Closing ceremony and handing out of certificates, by Robin Roche
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch

Confirmed speakers

  • Maxime Buquet is a Consulting Engineer for GE Power, located in Belfort, France. His prime focus is Operability of power generation systems, including Gas Turbines and Combined Cycles. He provides company-wide guidance on robust operation and power grid connection stake. Maxime supports the whole life cycle : innovation and product development, bid, new unit requisition and testing, as well as upgrades on existing sites. He is Chairman of the Grid Code Task force of EUTurbines, the EU GT & ST manufacturers’ association. As such he regularly meets with world-wide Transmission and Distribution Systems Operators over ever-evolving technical challenges and need for new capacities. He is co-author of 4 patents in the field of power generation flexibility, and multiple papers and speeches in this domain. Maxime is also a Course Lecturer at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, where he teaches the Power Grid Course. He holds a MSc in Gas Turbine Technology from the University of Cranfield, GB. He also graduated from the National Institute of Applied Technology of Rouen and an engineer in Energy and Propulsion.
  • Frédéric Colas is a Research Engineer at Arts et Métier ParisTech and at the L2EP Laboratory in Lilles, France. He was born in Lille, France, on October 17, 1980. He received a PhD in control system in 2007 from Ecole Centrale de Lille. He is a member of the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering (L2EP) in Lille and is a Research Engineer at Arts et Métiers Paristech, 8 boulevard Louis XIV, 59046 Lille, France.His field of interest includes the integration of dispersed generation systems in electrical grids, advanced control techniques for power system and hardware-in-the-loop simulation.
  • Vincent Debusschere is an Associate Professor at University Grenoble Alpes and at the G2ELAB laboratory in Grenoble, France. He joined the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan in 2001, for studies in the field of applied physics. He received a Masters degree from University Paris-Sud XI and ENS Cachan, Saclay, France, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in eco-design of electrical machines from ENS Cachan, in 2009. He joined the Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory (G2Elab) from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France, in 2010 as an Associate Professor. His research interests include renewable energy integration, energy efficiency, flexibility levers for Smart grids, economic and environmental criteria for optimization and design. He recently focused his researches on microgrids. He is currently convener of a CIRED working group on microgrids operational scientific challenges, and visiting Professor in NTU, focusing on microgrids stability.
  • Bruno François is a Full Professor at Ecole Centrale Lille and at the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power electronics (L2EP) laboratory in Lille, France. After scientific contributions in design of artificial networks for electrical engineering applications, he received a Master’s degree from University of Lille, France. He also received the Ph.D. degree in 1996, in Electrical Engineering, with a proposed design methodology for control architecture design of power electronic converters. He joined Centrale Lille in 1996 as an Associate Professor and then as Full Professor in 2011. His research interests include the advanced energy management and automation of power systems, architectures and control systems of future electrical networks and the uncertainty impact in operation of electrical systems. He was in charge of an ANR project regarding the supervision and dynamic operation of microgrids including massive renewable energies for reduction of CO2 emissions and costs. In this topic, he has supervised three PhD students, written more than 20 papers and is co-author of a book.
  • Stéphane Jamet is a Project Director, in charge of Microgrids for Enedis, the French distribution system operator. Stéphane Jamet served as Deputy Director for Enedis in the Languedoc-Roussillon region where he was in charge of the distribution system management (1500 employees) as well as the supply and connection of 2 million residential and business customers in the area. His developed expertise is in the issues of local development and relationships with local authorities. He graduated as an engineer from Ecole des Mines de Nancy in 1990 and joined EDF Group in 1993. He held several positions in IT, grid operation, engineering and customer management. He then worked in EDF Guadeloupe for four years as the Human Resources Director. Currently, he is in charge of the microgrids strategy for Enedis for international (Singapore, India) or French projects (Alps, Brittany islands,…).
  • Robin Roche is an Associate Professor of electrical engineering at the Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), a member of Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC). His research with the FEMTO-ST Institute and the FCLAB research federation is focused on microgrids, energy management, renewables and storage integration and hydrogen energy.
  • Sid Suryanarayanan is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Colorado State University (USA) where he lectures and conducts sponsored research in electric power systems engineering. More information about Sid Suryanarayanan is available at:
  • Federico Zenith is a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF and a Associate Adjunct Professor at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. He has worked with dynamics and control of fuel cells since 2002 and currently coordinates two EU projects, one of which on large-scale grid-connected electrolysers. His main interest is hydrogen and fuel cell applications in the transport and energy sectors.

Information on the poster session

Each participant will be asked to prepare and bring a poster (at least in A1 size). This poster can be on current research, a project, a tool being designed, a testbed, etc. The poster does not need to present original research; it should serve as a basis for discussion during the dedicated session.

Information on the project

Participants will have the opportunity to work on a project where they will design a microgrid using Typhoon HIL software and hardware. The best project results will be awarded a prize by Typhoon HIL. Participants are asked to bring their laptop and install Typhoon HIL software so they are ready when the project starts (additional instructions will be sent by email).