THE WORLD’S FOREMOST POWER SYSTEM KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
CIGRE operates the world’s foremost power system knowledge development programme of work. At its foundation is CIGRE’s unique structure and the wide spectrum of domains covered. Watch the video below for an overview of the programme or read on for more information.
A STRATEGIC RESPONSE TO CHALLENGES
The CIGRE knowledge programme is driven by key strategic themes defined by the experts of the CIGRE leadership, with the input of the community. These are based around the key drivers affecting the industry and are updated as strategic changes occur.
THE STRUCTURE OF INTERNATIONAL CIGRE
CIGRE Paris has many governing bodies that are connected in hierarchical structure, which enables CIGRE to operate efficiently and with the highest quality work possible.
The governing bodies of CIGRE Paris are:
- General Assembly: consists of all individual and collective members and members of je sestavljen iz individualnih in kolektivnih članov, ter članov administrativnega sveta Administrative Council.
- Administrative Council: consists of all National Committee presidents and president, secretary general and treasurer of CIGRE Paris.
- Steering Committee: consists of representatives of countries with the highest membership count and of president, president of TC and secretary general of CIGRE Paris.
- Technical Council: represents the highest technical governing body of the organization. TC consists of presidents of Study Committees and two representatives of Administrative Council.
- Central Office: consists of general administrative staff that takes care of day to day processes. President and secretary general of CIGRE Paris are also part of Central Office.
- Regional Councils: consist of expert groups and National Committees from the same world region that face similar challenges in power systems. The purpose of Regional Councils is enabling mutual knowledge sharing and cooperation of regional experts.
16 DOMAINS OF WORK
Strategic themes are fed into 16 consistent domains of work, each led by a dedicated Study Committee. The domains are broadly grouped by four key global power system areas – equipment, technologies, systems, new materials and IT. Bottom figure shows the structure of international Study Comittees in CIGRE Paris.
CIGRE Technical Committee in Slovenian CIGRE-CIRED has a similar but slightly different strucutre. Due to strong development of distribution systems in Slovenia, contributions on those topics are made in Technical Committee CIRED. Therefore Slovenian CIGRE does not have Study Committee SC C6. On the other hand the development of Slovenian power systems in the recent decade are supercharged in the direction of smart grids. Therefore Slovenian CIGRE has an additional Study Committee that is involved with the topics of smart grids SC D3. Bottom figure shows the structure of international Study Comittees in Slovenian Technical Committee CIGRE.
WORKING GROUPS AND OUTCOMES
At the heart of CIGRE’s programme is its community and 60+ National Committees (NCs). These organisations nominate local professionals to participate across the knowledge programme, including in the 250+ Working Groups that collaborate and study specific areas within the 16 domains of work. Around 40 new Working Groups are formed every year to look at emerging challenges of the power system. All Working Groups ultimately produce a comprehensive technical publication, referred to as a ‘Technical Brochure’, accessible to everyone
A UNIQUE APPROACH
CIGRE’s uniquely dispersed but centrally coordinated way of working offers an integrated knowledge programme that accounts for the global drivers changing the power system, while ensuring that these are connected with the NCs real world, local situations.
This unique global–local configuration means the outcomes of CIGRE work are both globally relevant at the same time as being highly beneficial at the local level.
AT A GLANCE
- 4 key strategic themes
- 16 consistent domains
- 250+ Working Groups and growing