Bhubaneswar: Experts from different parts of the world converged on-line to discuss subjects relating to electrical power engineering, advanced computing and communication engineering at the first International Conference on Green Technology for Smart City and Society (GTSCS) held at the SOA Deemed to be University recently. Subjects across the spectrum were discussed at the two-day virtual conference with Prof. Bidyadhar Subudhi of IIT, Goa providing an overview about control of micro grid system, pointing out its challenges and explaining distributed control.

Micro grid, Prof. Subudhi said, was the building block for the smart grid which must be equipped with two way communication, advance metering and lots of sensors. He also spoke about voltage and frequency regulation for both grid connected and islanded modes. During grid disturbances, the micro grid went into islanded mode where the micro grid controller had to provide voltage support and ensure power quality, he said.

Different sessions of the multi-disciplinary conference, organised at the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), SOA’s faculty of engineering on August 13 and 14, were addressed by Prof. Mamta Agiwal of Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea, Prof. Daniel Pelusi of University of Teramo, Italy, Prof. Akshay Rathore of Concordia University, Canada, Prof. Bhim Singh of IIT, Delhi and Prof. B.K.Panigrahi of IIT, Delhi.

Prof. Agiwal discussed the role of wireless communication in Smart City and Industry 4.0, especially highlighting the role and challenges of B5G and 6G wireless systems. The 6G technology had to be developed specifically to connect hundreds and billions of machines as it was the need of Industry 4.0, she said.