Transforming electricity networks to enable the energy transition

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, 26 March 2019
Energy Futures Lab , Lecture theatre 200, City and Guilds Building, South Kensington , United Kingdom

Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture: Grid Solutions - Transforming Electricity Networks to enable the energy transition

Energy Futures Lab host Dr Vera Silva the Chief Technology Officer of GE Grid Solutions for this year's Energy Futures Lab Annual Lecture


In an age of accelerating energy transition, grid reliability, security and efficiency remain paramount. The grid is the critical enabler. Governments, industry and each of us depends on it. Making it smarter and more resilient is the greatest priority.

The grid’s transformation brings with it growing complexity. From the traditional one-way distribution of electricity to power flowing in multiple directions to players who are both consumers and generators, to increasing variable renewable generation and more real-time digital connections.

While imagining the grid of the future, we are already enabling it today… an AC-DC hybrid, with greater autonomous control, more intelligence and interoperability of systems and management of bigger and faster power swings.

Delivering power to people in future will require more than simply mastering the full spectrum of physical and digital grid technologies. It requires in-depth understanding and grid solutions architects who ensure that the power stays on.

During this talk Vera will discuss the challenges and needs of the grid of the future and how recent technology development in the areas of HVDC, FACTS, HV equipment, grid automation, grid software, data analytics and hedge devices management are being used. Furthermore, we will discuss R&D challenges and new grid solutions to facilitate very high shares of renewables and accommodate the growing electrification needs.


Vera Silva is the Chief Technology Officer of GE Grid Solutions, reporting to the CEO and leading a global team of 3,400 engineers in over 17 countries. In this role, she leads the engineering team is responsible for designing and producing products in high voltage equipment, HVDC systems, grid automation, grid software and grid services.

Prior to her role at GE, Vera Silva was program director for electricity systems and markets and senior R&D engineer at Electricité de France (EDF). Preceding EDF was a researcher at the Control & Power group at Imperial College London and a lecturer and data scientist for the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal.

Vera is a respected industry leader with 3 books and over 40 scientific papers published and was recognized as “Engineer of the Year” in 2016 by the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Vera holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, from Imperial College London and an MSc in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of Porto, Portugal.


The event is in the City and Guilds building on Imperial College London's South Kensington campus (building 28 on the campus map).

The room is best found by entering the College via the main entrance on Exhibition Road (near buildings 17 and 36). The entrance to the City and Guilds building is just behind the reception desk and to the left of the statue of Queen Victoria. Room 200 is through the double doors and at the far end of the lobby.

Register here.