Underground Power Cable Grid Monitoring and Partial Discharge Characterization

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When it comes to electric power distribution, the fundamental goals of today’s electric utilities have not changed much in fifty years. They comprise a safer distribution system that poses minimal risks to the public and to utility workers, the reliable and stable delivery of power to critical, commercial, and residential customers, and economically sound business operations that meet both shareholder and ratepayer expectations.

The challenges to these goals, however, have grown significantly over the past decade. Increasingly intense and frequent weather events raise the threat of outages and environmental risks; the process of shifting from a centralized to decentralized grid to meet decarbonization mandates creates complexities; and the integration of renewable energy sources and the proliferation of electric vehicles are escalating the demands on an aging distribution grid. This presentation gives an overview of how big these underground power grid challenges are and how machine learning and deep learning are tools to tackle some of these challenges. 

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  • Date: 14 Oct 2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Steffen Ziegler


Steffen Ziegler holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Germany. Since 1999 Mr. Ziegler is working for IMCORP and is currently the Director for Signal Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. Past positions include Manager for Research and Development. He has specialized in the field of digital signal processing applications and machine learning and deep learning applications for Underground Power Cable Systems. Mr. Ziegler published peer-reviewed papers for Cigré, Jicable, Cired and IPST. He presented at numerous conferences, including PES-ICC, EUEC, Grid Modernization Forum and MathWorks Energy Speaker Series. He is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and regularly attends and contributes as a working group member at the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) meetings. He is also a member of the VDE in Germany.

Address:Connecticut, United States

Tim Morello


Tim Morello is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development at IMCORP where he is responsible for bringing IMCORP’s Factory Grade technologies and services into various electric power generation and distribution markets.  Specific focus is on services that support digital transformation initiatives that enable reduced operational costs, improved operating efficiency, underground power delivery reliability, and optimize revenue growth.