SAIEE smart grid conference 2016: updated deadline

June 1st, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize


The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) will be hosting its smart grid conference 2016 between 22 and 25 February 2016 to address the technology and business aspects of smart grids.

A smart grid is defined as an intelligent electrical grid that uses gathered information that is conveyed via telecommunications technology and processed via data analytics, to automate the balance between demand and supply in real time. A smart grid therefore improves the efficiency, reliability, economics and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity.

It is strongly believed that the adoption of smart grid technology within sub-Saharan Africa will provide immense benefit to the delivery of electrical energy in this Region, considering the severe shortage of generating capacity that is being experienced.

The conference will provide a platform for both industry and the academia to discuss cutting edge innovations in smart grid and associated technologies including addressing how the current electricity network can be converted into a smart grid. The conference will include keynotes, plenary sessions, panel discussions, paper and poster presentations, and will include a full day tutorial (“boot camp”) on smart grids on the first day.

Participants from industry and the academia are invited to submit full papers for review. Submitted papers must not be longer than six A4-sized pages, including figures, tables and references. Each paper will be reviewed by a minimum of two specialist reviewers, with acceptance based on the value of the contribution as well as the engineering merits of the paper.

Important Dates

Publication of Call for Papers: 15 May 2015

Full paper submission deadline: 20 July 2015    Update:  This is has been extended to 7 August 2015.

Notification of acceptance: 30 September 2015

Final manuscript submission: 30 October 2015

Conference dates: 22 – 25 February 2016


The following list is indicative of the key areas of discussion. It is by no means restrictive and any additional topics that participants may wish to add will be considered for inclusion.

  • What is a smart grid?
  • Benefits of deploying smart grids
  • Typically strategies for deploying smart grids both globally and on the African continent.
  • Impact on introducing smart grids and changes in existing philosophy.
  • The role of telecommunication in smart grids.
  • Telecommunication protocols and their benefits in smart grid applications.
  • The role of data analytics in smart grids.
  • The role of protection, control and operations in smart grids.
  • How is intelligence introduced into the smart grid?
  • The business case for deploying smart grids.
  • Case studies on the introduction of smart grids into municipalities, residential and industrial areas.
  • The concept and benefit of smart metering in smart grid applications.
  • Cyber security in smart grid applications.
  • Legislation and regulatory policy regarding smart grids.
  • Demand side management, smart buildings and home automation.
  • Smart villages
  • Interoperability and backward integration, standards and codes.
  • Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.
  • The Internet of things
  • Diagnostics, self-healing and the reliability of smart grids
  • Electricity markets and incentives
  • The use of and integration of renewable energy resources in smart grids
  • Micro-grid applications
  • Human resource aspects and in particular the key competencies that current and future engineers will need to have to meet the challenge of introducing smart grids

For enquiries and further information or to submit papers please visit the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers website at

Contact Gerda Geyer, SAIEE, Tel 011 487-3003,

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