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“Powerless” – A History of Our Nation’s Major Power Blackouts and Description of Its Grid

Virtual Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/310555

“Powerless” – A history of our nation’s major power blackouts and description of its grid, including a focus on last year’s Texas fiasco In November 1965, the United States suffered its first major loss of electrical power, The Great Northeast Blackout of 1965. 30 million people were left in the dark, including all New York City. New York City again went dark in 1977, and again, 2004, in the largest blackout to hit the United States. Cities and states across the country have been affected at one time or another. This presentation will cover the history of major blackouts, their causes, impact and aftermath. The presentation will also describe the nation’s power grid with its three separate systems, transmission voltage levels, AC versus DC transmission, and who watches over this nation-wide grid which we all depend on 24/7. In addition, it’s been over a year since the collapse of Texas power system. Some called this catastrophe one of the worst blackouts in the nation’s history in terms of impact to those affected. We will look at just how close the grid was to total collapse and what has and has NOT been done to prevent another power disaster. Co-sponsored by: CH02125 - Philadelphia Section Chapter,VT06 Speaker(s): Bob Swayne , Agenda: WEBINAR: 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. The Zoom Webinar link and password will be forwarded to all registered participants after Noon on the day of the meeting. Check your spam folder if you don't see the email. Webinar is open to all. Professional Development Hours: Attendees may apply for 1.0 PDH provided through the IEEE Certificates Program, accepted in all states. Send $5.00 (USD) payment to Brandon Swartley via Zelle at [email protected] and complete online evaluation at https://r2.ieee.org/philadelphia-vts/forms/ Virtual Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/310555

DC Rolling Stock High-Speed Circuit Breaker Technical Presentation

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/308653

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Philadelphia Chapter is holding a virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams titled, DC Rolling Stock High-Speed Circuit Breaker Technical Presentation. Mr. Oleg Goureev, Component and Systems Manager, and Mr. Martin Bussiere, Business Development Manager, Rail Segment North America, ABB Electrification Products, are our guest speakers. ABB will give a presentation on their latest DC rolling stock high-speed circuit breaker called DCBreak. It is a medium-voltage high-speed bi-directional DC circuit breaker for rolling stock application power supply up to 1800 V, 1500 A, with a breaking capacity of 30 kA. The DCBreak circuit breaker family for rolling stock combines a small footprint, reduced weight, high flexibility and reliable operation with minimal maintenance. It is ABB’s first in a line of new products intended for the direct current railway transportation market. It is designed to high safety standards as well as relevant environmental directives and industry standards. Engineered with flexibility in mind, it is as easy to implement in new builds as well as retrofit into existing ones, and its simplified design makes for reduced maintenance time and costs. This technical presentation will also discuss AC and DC train line relays, contactors, and 1000 V dc miniature circuit breakers for distribution systems on buses and rail cars. Attendees may apply for 1.0 PDH upon completion of lecture. Certificates will be provided through the IEEE Certificates Program, accepted in all states. PDHs are provided at a cost of $5.00 per certificate. Send payment to Brandon Swartley via Zelle at [email protected] Evaluation forms must be completed online to obtain PDH certificates at https://r2.ieee.org/philadelphia-vts/forms/ Payment and evaluation form must be completed within one week after meeting. Speaker(s): Mr. Oleg Goureev, Mr. Martin Bussiere Agenda: Introduction of ABB representatives and STV representatives Technical hands on presentation of the ABB high speed circuit breaker Application of the ABB HSCB in a propulsion system. ABB Molded Case circuit breakers migration to the XT for the various onboard systems distribution and protection Push in technology connection on DC and AC Train Line relays and DC and AC Contactors versus Ring terminal ABB 1000Vdc Miniatures Circuits distribution and protection on Buses and Railcars ABB integrated engineered Solutions systems integration at our North American Center of excellence. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/308653

Traction Power Wayside Energy Storage Technology Feasibility Analysis: A Broad Review

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/303841

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Philadelphia Chapter is holding a virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams. The topic is Traction Power Wayside Energy Storage Technology Feasibility Analysis: A Broad Review. Mr. Benjamin (Ralph) Stell, P. E., Associate and Senior Engineer, STV Incorporated, is our guest speaker. The project economics of Wayside Energy Storage Systems (WESS) intended for energy conservation purposes only are heavily dependent on current and future electric rates. This is most likely the primary reason why there have been so few WESS implementations dedicated to energy conservation in the USA to date. And, with the exception of supercapacitor-based WESS, most of these implementations have been experimental pilot-type projects. Several pilot type WESS projects have been successful, but the application of these systems solely for energy and demand savings has been limited in the USA primarily due to unacceptably long paybacks due to high capital cost coupled with low electric rates. Mr. Stell will discuss available wayside energy technologies that offer promise for pilot-type projects. This presentation provides an overview of wayside energy storage and recovery technologies such as supercapacitors, storage batteries, flywheels, and reversible substations that can be used on traction power systems. Attendees may apply for 1.0 PDH upon completion of lecture. Certificates will be provided through the IEEE Certificates Program, accepted in all states. PDHs are provided at a cost of $5.00 per certificate. Send payment to Brandon Swartley via Zelle at [email protected] Evaluation forms must be completed online to obtain PDH certificates at https://r2.ieee.org/philadelphia-vts/forms/ Speaker(s): Mr. Benjamin (Ralph) Stell, P. E., Agenda: Introduction Presentation Questions Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/303841