Reporting of PMF 2022 and ICPES 2022 for Resilient and Sustainable Interconnected Critical Infrastructure Systems

Written by Zhanlian Li and Hao-Tian Zhang

As cities become more intelligent, the demand for centralized intelligence and control centres increases. There are numerous definitions of Smart City. As mentioned by IEEE Smart Cities: Smart Energy, Smart Economy, Smart Mobility, Smart Environment, Smart Governance, and Smart Living are the key domains that enable citizens to utilize interconnected infrastructure to improve the quality of life for urban residents.

Consequently, it is necessary to guarantee the resilience and sustainable development of interconnected critical infrastructure facilities. In 2022, there are at least two major events held in China including the 2022 International Top-level Forum on Engineering Science and Technology Development Strategy & The 7th Purple Mountain Forum (PMF 2022) and the 2022 12th International Conference on Power and Energy Systems (ICPES 2022). Both events address some of the aforementioned topics of resilient and sustainable interconnected critical infrastructure systems.

This article aims to report these two events. The first event PMF 2022 is sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Engineering and held on August 12-19 in Nanjing China. The theme is ‘Power System Actively Supports the Carbon Peak and Neutrality Goals’ and the focus is on the convergence of energy technology and digital society. The Forum explores solutions to sustainable energy development challenges, and deliberates on the role of power systems in the green and low-carbon energy revolution.

There are many tracks, and three of them related to this special issue and are included below:

In the track of “Design and operation of energy grid-internet of things (IoT) network-transportation network interconnection,” Xiaohong Li, President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, gave an opening address to the event, proposing that energy transformation should achieve energy saving and efficiency and ensure emergency provision. In order to ensure the smooth functioning of the social economy and the security of the energy supply, he simultaneously urged the society to adopt low-carbon practices, develop energy-saving technology, and scientifically push for the realisation of carbon neutrality goal. Zhao Yang Dong, IEEE Fellow from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, presented his talk entitled “Resilient distributed multiagent control for AC microgrid networks subject to disturbances for safe operation of the energy infrastructure”. Goran Strbac, from Imperial College London, UK, discussed the function and importance of energy policy, information security and power market flexibility in facilitating the transition to low-carbon energy systems that are economically efficient.

Regarding the track on “Electrified transportation network and power grid interconnection,” Yinbiao Shu, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), reported that China is simultaneously constructing a clean energy supply system on the energy generation side, a highly electrified society on the energy consumption side, and promoting scientific and technological innovation and industrial upgrade.

Turning to the last track, “Information security and collaborative computing for the new generation energy systems in view of cyber-physical-social interconnectivity,” Yusheng Xue, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Honorary President of the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute, Nanjing, China, highlighted the optimal support of the power system for economic security, energy security, and environmental security within the context of Cyber-Physical-Social System (CPSS). Yilu Liu, Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering & IEEE Fellow, from the University of Tennessee, United States, gave a presentation entitled “Grid strength assessment of future scenarios of high-penetration renewables”. She suggested that mitigation methods should be implemented as soon as possible to strengthen the power system and facilitate the transition to a carbon-free future. Pierre Pinson, IEEE Fellow from the Technical University of Denmark, delivered a presentation entitled "Energy coordination analysis: data market to forecasting market in view of cyber-physical-social interconnectivity.”

The forum provided an opportunity to discuss the current situation of these critical technologies, technical bottlenecks, and development trends to achieve a powerful, flexible, resilient, and sustainable power system.

Further information is available from the event’s website

The second event to be reported is the 2022 12th International Conference on Power and Energy Systems (ICPES 2022), which is technically sponsored by the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Its co-sponsors are Guangdong University of Technology, South China University of Technology, and University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. The theme of the conference is “Towards green and sustainable future.” Four keynote speakers are expected to deliver their keynotes at the conference. They are Saifur Rahman, 2022 IEEE President-elect, IEEE Life Fellow from Virginia Tech, US; Yusheng Xue, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Honorary President of the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute, Nanjing, China; Nikos D. Hatziargyriou, IEEE Life Fellow from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece; and Ambrish Chandra, IEEE Fellow from École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal, Canada. ICPES 2022 is going to be held on December 23-25 in Guangzhou, China.

The challenges and opportunities of decarbonization in the global electric power sector is the title of Saifur Rahman's keynote. He will suggest a portfolio of low-carbon generating (including renewables and nuclear), storage, and demand side management with an emphasis on energy efficiency to promote smart energy and maximise energy security. The widespread use of electric cars will aid in the reduction of carbon emissions from the transportation sector, but electric vehicles should be charged and discharged in a coordinated manner for efficient and reliable power system operation.

The ICPES 2022 invites submissions to the topics related to resilient and sustainable interconnected critical infrastructure systems such as IoT- enabled energy systems; cybersecurity in power and energy systems, smart grids, and active distribution networks; big data applications in power and energy systems; power system protection, reliability and resiliency; and modern artificial intelligence applications in power and energy systems.

Further information is available from the conference website.


This article was edited by Melkior Ormik

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Zhanlian Li
Zhanlian Li received the M.Eng. in electrical engineering from Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, in 2021, He is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering at the same university. He is an IEEE Student Member.
Hao Tian Zhang
Hao-Tian Zhang is a Senior Engineer with NARI Group (State Grid Electric Power Research Institute), Nanjing, China.

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